National Religions and Political Rituals|
Fall 2013 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
This class examines national religions, political rituals, and the role of religion in constructing both secular and not-so-secular nations. Classic texts on religion are interspersed with case studies from Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Japan, and Bali to help us understand the intersections between nations, states, religious identities, and ritual practices. No previous knowledge of the study of religion is required.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(HRAD-MN)(REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Anderson, Benedict, IMAGINED COMMUNITIES
Gellner, Ernest, NATIONS AND NATIONALISM
Durkheim, Emile, THE ELEMENTARY FORMS OF THE RELIGIOUS LIFE
Geertz, Clifford, RELIGION AS A CULTURAL SYSTEM
Fanon, Franz, THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH
|Examinations and Assignments: |
In addition to weekly readings, there will be a take-home midterm consisting of essay questions and a semester-long case study research project. For the final research paper, students will apply the course readings to a case study. Students will be required to select their topics and submit a one-page proposal describing the case study and the sources to be used. Multiple drafts of the paper, representing stages of the research project will be due over the course of the semester. Students will present the results of their project to the class on one of the final two classes. The paper will be due on the last day of class.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Method & Theory" requirement for the Religion Department major.
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