Introduction to major themes in the study of religion, tracing their development over time. Special emphasis is placed on material effects of the category of religion, including case law, current events, analysis of social constructs (gender, race, sexuality, time), and engagement with key theoretical texts in the study of religion.
Open to Degree and PACE students
No matter how you personally feel about religion, religion shapes how you live in the world. Religion affects the healthcare you access, the education you receive, the business you conduct, the food you eat, the laws that govern you, how you move through the world—even the way you measure time. Ignoring religion because it seems impolite, antiquated, too political, too personal is dangerous, and it allows a lot of unnecessary and violent oppression to flourish, all while erasing the world-changing work religious people have done and do. This course is designed to introduce students to some of the major topics and themes in the study of religion, and to trace their development over time. Special emphasis will be placed on the material effects of “religion” as a category as it has developed in the modern period and as it continues to influence the world today, even in so-called secular contexts. These may include case law, investigations of current events, analysis of social constructs (gender, race, sexuality, time), and engagement with key theoretical texts in the study of religion.
active listening, reading, and participation; attendance; short essay; midterm; final
attendance; short essay; midterm; final
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