This course will examine the many ways in which religion is understood and practiced by a variety of communities as well as the ways it is understood by scholars in the field of religious studies. The three divisions of the curriculum of the Department of Religion (religious traditions, religion in society, and critical theory) will be represented in the course's examples and approaches. Topics covered in this course include the roles of ritual, the significance of myth and narrative in providing schemes of meaning, the transmission of traditions through texts and objects, and religious conflict.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
William James, THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
Jonathan Z. Smith, RELATING RELIGION
David Chidester, AUTHENTIC FAKES
Alex Haley, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X
Susan Harding, THE BOOK OF JERRY FALWELL
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two critical papers dealing with scholarly evidence and argumentation. A series of tests on the course reading.
|Instructor(s): Goldschmidt,Henry Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK302; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: -3||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 10||SO: 15||FR: 15|