Introduction to the Study of Religion|
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the academic study of religion. We will focus on religious communities in and outside the United States but will offer neither an overview of American religious history nor a survey of global religious diversity. Rather, we will use a series of empirical case studies to explore theoretical issues in the study of religion. Among other topics, we will examine: the construction of religion as a conceptual category, anthropological approaches to religious difference, theories of religious experience, the interpretation of religious texts, and the place of religion in politics, society, and culture. Together, these discussions will offer a set of descriptive, analytical, and explanatory tools for understanding the role of religion in the contemporary world.
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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: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
David Chidester, SALVATION AND SUICIDE
Susan Harding, THE BOOK OF JERRY FALWELL
Winnifred Sullivan, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Manduhai Buyandelger, TRAGIC SPIRITS: SHAMANISM MEMORY AND GENDER IN CONTEMPORARY MONGOLIA
|Examination and Assignments: |
Assignments include one critical paper dealing with scholarly evidence and argumentation. 2 in-class tests and a final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance is required.
|Instructor(s): Quijada,Justine Times: ..T.R.. 08:50AM-10:10AM; Location: FISK302; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 16||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 10||FR: 30|
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