Courses

  • 7 Lessons

    AMST 200 Religion & Law

    Religion & Law examines the origins and developments of religious liberty in the United States from the colonial and founding periods to the present day. Attention is given to the historical and legal foundations that currently govern the relationship of religion and the state; that define “free exercise” protections for people of all religions and none; that set limitations on the state from “establishing” or privileging a religion; and provides a civic framework for people to self-govern one of the most religiously diverse societies in the world.
  • 2 Lessons

    AMST 2500 Certificate in American Muslim Life: Law & Society

    Drawing from the scholarship published by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, this online course equips adult learners to apply solution-seeking research in cultivating their understanding of the legal and political challenges faced by American Muslims. Many of these challenges arise as a result of the current geopolitical climate and widespread misinformation and misunderstanding. Anti-Muslim sentiment and targeted policies that infringe on personal and religious freedom are the new normal. This course is designed to apply ISPU’s public policy research to examine the structural barriers that hinder the American Muslim community from full inclusion and participation. The sources and exercises provide students with an accurate understanding of American Muslim communities, equipping them to build and sustain allyship and identifying common challenges and solutions.
  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 2501 Muslim Religious Liberty in Early America

    The legal history of religious liberty in the United States reveals a simple fact: there has never been an America without Muslims.
  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 2502 Who are American Muslims?

    Study groundbreaking research on American Muslim experiences in all their diversity. Track contemporary trends about not only Americans who are Muslim, but Americans of other faiths and no faith as well. In this interactive course you will examine American Muslims’ perspective within the context of their nation’s religious landscape, not as an isolated specimen.
  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 2503 How are American Muslims Represented?

    Have you ever felt like some news stories receive a lot more coverage than others of equal importance? You’re not imagining it. In this media literacy course, you will study landmark research about media responses to ideologically motivated violence in the United States. Accurate representation matters. Misrepresentation can be dangerous.
  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 2504 How are American Muslims Treated?

    In this interactive course, you will engage a series of “civic tracks” about how American Muslims are treated by the (1) legislative branch, (2) executive branch, (3) judicial branch, (4) law enforcement, and (5) public schools.
  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 2505 Resilient Communities: Pathways Forward

    What strategies do Muslims employ to recover from personal setbacks, societal pressures, and even internalized Islamophobia? While drawing upon best practices from the field of resiliency education, we will study how Muslims develop healthy coping mechanisms and draw upon their faith to cultivate rich internal lives. We give special attention to how––when faced with adversity––Muslims perform acts of generosity. We reflect on the multigenerational commitment to building resilient communities while maintaining solidarity with non-Muslims. The case studies featured in this course reveal an essential ingredient to human flourishing––American Muslims' unwavering knowledge that they matter, they belong.
  • 3 Lessons

    AMST 2506 Capstone Project: American Muslim Life

    Earn academic credit by, first, finishing the 2500-level course collection and, second, completing the following Capstone project. You will receive individualized academic support and advisement. We look forward to supporting you in applying what you learned in the course to your community of practice.
  • 14 Lessons

    AMST 300 Religion & Culture

    Introduction to Religion & Contemporary Culture is an online multimedia course offered by Rutgers University (50:840:318). The curriculum draws upon the work of Liz Kineke, an award-winning journalist and television producer of the CBS Religion & Culture series. We will explore ten of her thirty-minute documentaries that illustrate how faith and religion relate to racism, white supremacy, climate change, immigration, and cultural heritage, among other timely issues. We will apply theories of religious literacy and religious identity development to these multimedia case studies. We will give special attention to the societal impacts of religious demographic changes. Case studies will demonstrate how the internal workings of religious organizations change and adapt to societal pressures, just as much as religious communities and their leaders influence culture.
  • 2 Lessons

    AMST 3000 Certificate in Civic Inclusion

    Explore the impact of racialized anti-Muslim bigotry on diverse communities. Study models of effective civic engagement and cultivate inclusive and resilient communities. Develop and apply your religious, cultural, and legal literacy and community engagement skills to real-life challenges. Map the diversity of communities impacted by hate and bigotry in your local neighborhood, city, state, and county. Equip yourself with a foundational knowledge of change and develop action plans to respond to incidents of racialized anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of hate. Craft long-term, proactive strategies to improve your community’s civic health.
  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 3001 Understand Racialized Anti-Muslim Bigotry

    Systemic bias and discrimination against Muslims and those perceived as Muslim are primary challenges to building inclusive communities. This course will explore the causes and consequences of racialized anti-Muslim bigotry on impacted communities in the United States.
  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 3002 Envision Civics as an Antidote to Prejudice

    Civic health is an antidote to bigotry. Explore inspiring stories of communities and leaders who, despite a heightened climate of anti-Muslim bigotry, successfully built inclusive practices and policies, led collaborative actions, and fostered diverse public engagement to improve their community.
  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 3003 Explore Religious, Cultural, and Legal Literacy

    Explore the diversity of practices, beliefs, and perspectives within hate-impacted religious and cultural groups across the U.S. and in your community. Learn frameworks that help explain the religious, cultural, and legal dimensions of American communities. Examine the diversity of religious and cultural groups, and those impacted by anti-Muslim bigotry in particular, and how to grow your knowledge as a way to challenge hate proactively.
  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 3004 Prepare Crisis Mitigation Strategies

    Lead with strength, knowing you are prepared to respond to incidents of hate with deliberate and unequivocal confidence. While publicly condemning bigotry incidents is a crucial first step, civic leaders must go beyond rhetorical response. They must enact inclusive policies and initiatives to build a community’s resilience in the face of hate. Integrate into your leadership toolkit the best practices for addressing bias incidents and prepare to not only put out fires but deescalate the hatred that stoked the flames.
  • 5 Lessons

    AMST 3005 Create Spaces for Civic Inclusion

    Building inclusive communities require long-term, proactive efforts by public leaders. Learn how to create and mobilize diverse coalitions around shared goals to strengthen your community’s civic health. A key characteristic of civically healthy communities is the inclusion of diverse stakeholders. By mobilizing diverse community members around shared goals and values, public leaders can foster resilient, inclusive communities that stand together against bigotry and hate.
  • 4 Lessons

    AMST 3110 Religion and Insurrection

    On January 6, 2021, a violent mob of over 2,000 supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol during a joint session of Congress assembled to certify Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election. While engaging in this deadly attack, the insurrectionists expressed prayers and dawned symbols of Christian nationalism. Meanwhile, lawmakers targeted by the riot and counterprotesters expressed their faith by calling for unity and peace. This course draws upon award-winning reporting by the Religion News Service to study religion's completing roles in the deadly attack on the United States Capitol.

  • 4 Lessons

    BUS 800 Faith@Work: An Executive Education Certificate Program

    Religion or belief is the heart of every employee, even those who choose to be agnostic or an atheist. Data shows that employees that feel free to live and work according to their core belief identity demonstrate higher levels of innovation, creativity, and loyalty to their organization, directly affecting business success. By using analytical skills and building the knowledge necessary to operate in a religiously diverse context, participants will gain an inclusive mindset. The seminar is taught in English, includes pre- and post-tests, interactive exercises, and concrete tools for actively fostering religious diversity and inclusion (RD&I) in the workplace and religious understanding for success in the marketplace.
  • 5 Lessons

    BUS 801 Faith@Work: The Business Case for Religious Freedom

    More and more, business leaders are realizing that faith impacts business, be it in terms of employee satisfaction or market access. From a business perspective, why does faith matter? What specific impact does it have at a macro-economy level and at a micro-business level? This session will explore the business case for why faith matters in a business context.
  • 3 Lessons

    BUS 802 Faith@Work: Workplace Case Studies

    In BUS 801, we established a basic understanding of how and why faith impacts the workplace and economics more broadly. In BUS 802, we will focus on how faith is addressed within companies today. As this is a relatively new focus for businesses, we will focus on those organizations that have led the way in addressing faith at work.
  • 3 Lessons

    BUS 803 Faith@Work: The Law and Threats to Ignoring Faith at Work

    In BUS 802, we focused on examples of how companies are addressing faith at work successfully. For those companies, addressing faith in the workplace has brought many benefits, such as higher levels of employee satisfaction and greater employee retention rates. In sum, addressing faith at work has been good for those businesses that have done it successfully. Is there another side to the coin? Do companies that do not address faith at work have negative consequences? In BUS 803, we will explore some of the problems that have occurred for companies that have not effectively addressed faith at work. We will also address the basic laws that apply to religion at work.