Majors Colloquium in Religious Studies|
This course is designed to teach us how to reflect critically upon the theories, methods, and discourses that constitute the academic study of religion. We will be concerned with current studies in history and the history of religions; the interpretation of texts, including the Bible; philosophy of religion and theology; anthropology; cultural studies; and feminist theory. Our task is to understand and assess how scholars of religion make critical judgments. And so, since the building blocks of argumentation remain constant--definitions, classifications, data, and explanations--we will seek to identify and evaluate each scholar's principles of selection, means of description, stipulation of evidence, use of comparative categories, and methods and models of argumentation.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI-MN)(RELI)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Kathryn Lofton, OPRAH: THE GOSPEL OF AN ICON
Mircea Eliade, THE QUEST
Richard King, ORIENTALISM AND RELIGION
Robert Orsi, BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH
Jonathan Z. Smith, TO TAKE PLACE
Wilfred Cantwell Smith, THE MEANING AND END OF RELIGION
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Frequent short papers and a final essay, intensively literate participation in class discussion.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a required course for religion majors, is LIMITED TO THEM, and is to be taken in one's junior year. This course fulfills a "Method & Theory" requirement for the department major.
|Instructor(s): Gottschalk,Peter S. Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: RSCSEM; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 3||JR major: 12|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 0||FR: 0|
|Web Resources: Syllabus |
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