Majors Colloquium in Religious Studies|
Fall 2009 not offered
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)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Frequent short papers, final essay, and 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. Only majors who have already taken RELI101: Introduction to the Study of Religion may enroll in the Colloquium. This course fulfills a "Method & Theory" requirement for the Religion Department major.
NOTE: Beginning Fall 2008 RELI101 is re-numbered and will be RELI151.
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