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Spring 2015-2016
* REL 222 / HUM 222 (EC)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion

Liane F. Carlson

This course explores major theories and methods in the study of religion, starting with Enlightenment thinkers (Spinoza, Hume), before turning to the rise of social sciences in the study of religion (Durkheim, Weber), and ending with contemporary topics in the study of religion. Topics to be explored include rationality and religion; secularism; the effects of colonialism on the study of religion; gender and sexuality; religion and psychology; the conflict between freedom of religion and the state.

Sample reading list:
Spinoza, Baruch, Theological-Political Treatise
Durkheim, Emile, Elementary Forms of Religious Life
Said, Edward, Orientalism
Chidester, David, Savage Systems
Sullivan, Winnifred, The Impossibility of Religious Freedom

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-150 pages of reading per week, participation and attendance, weekly postings, one paper (5-7 pages), mid-term exam, and final paper (7-10 pages) due on Dean's date.

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Required for Religion Department majors..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42681 L01 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm T Th   McCormick Hall   106   Enrolled:23 Limit:50
44651 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   B11   Enrolled:10 Limit:13
44652 P02 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th   Class of 1879 Hall   133   Enrolled:7 Limit:13
44653 P03 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
44710 P04 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Class of 1879 Hall   133   Enrolled:6 Limit:12
42682 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled