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What is Religion? Vodou, Christian TikTok, and the First Amendment
RELI 151
Fall 2024
Section: 01  

Were the people who drank the Kool-Aid at Jonestown brainwashed, or did they die for a noble cause? How did Santeria practitioners get the right to perform animal sacrifice? Is Haitian Vodou a religion? What exactly does the First Amendment protect? What happens when Christian women become Tiktok influencers? This class will introduce you to the ways in which we study religion--and race--by reading critical case studies about Jonestown, Santeria, Vodou, freedom of religion court cases, and more. This is not a survey of world religions, and once you've taken What is Religion?, you'll know why we don't teach that at Wes. You will also have a critical set of intellectual tools for understanding the role of religion in the contemporary world.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI-MN)(RELI)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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