Introduction to the Study of Religion|
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 critically engaged and understood by scholars in the field of religious studies. The three divisions of the curriculum of the Department of Religion (religious traditions, thematic approaches, and method and theory) will be represented in the course's examples and approaches. Topics covered in this course include religious violence and conflict, the significance of myth and narrative in providing schemes of meaning, the production of community solidarity and difference through rituals, the construction and 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
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
David Chidester, SALVATION AND SUICIDE
Thomas Tweed, CROSSING AND DWELLING
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
William James, THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
Victor Turner, THE RITUAL PROCESS
Emile Durkheim, ELEMENTARY FORMS OF RELIGIOUS LIFE
J. Z. Smith, Selected essays
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Assignments include two critical papers dealing with scholarly evidence and argumentation. Comprehensive midterm and final exams.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance is required.
|Instructor(s): Rubenstein,Mary-Jane Victoria Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: ALLB004; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 0||JR major: 1|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 9||FR: 9|
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