What is Religion? Santeria, Christian TikTok, and the First Amendment|
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? What exactly does the First Amendment protect? What happens when Christian women become Tiktok influencers? Is Oprah a religious leader? This class will introduce you to the ways in which we study religion--and race--by reading critical case studies about Jonestown, Oprah, Santeria, and freedom of religion court cases. 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.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Katie Bowler, THE PREACHER'S WIFE (selections)
David Chidester, SALVATION AND SUICIDE (Indiana, 2003). ISBN: 025321632X
Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah (Supreme Court case)
Lofton, Katherine, OPRAH: GOSPEL OF AN ICON (selections)
Elizabeth Perez, RELIGION IN THE KITCHEN: COOKING, TALKING, AND THE MAKING OF BLACK ATLANTIC TRADITIONS (selections)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly short response papers; Three five-page essays dealing with scholarly evidence and argumentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and participation are required.
|Instructor(s): McAlister,Elizabeth Slaughter ,Joseph P. Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: BOGH114; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 38||SR major: 0||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 4||SO: 13||FR: 13|
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