Majors Colloquium in Religious Studies|
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)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
Nancy Jay, THROUGHOUT YOUR GENERATIONS FOREVER
J.Z. Smith, Selected essays
Russell McCutcheon, Selected essays
Richard King, ORIENTALISM AND RELIGION
Excerpts from SECULARISMS
Dennis Covington, SALVATION ON SAND MOUNTAIN
Craig Martin, CRITICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF RELIGION
Talal Sad, selected essays
Tomoko Masuzawa, THE INVENTION OF WORLD RELIGIONS (excerpts)
Robert Orsi, BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH (excerpts)
Saba Mahmood, POLITICS OF PIETY (excerpts)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Active participation, three 4-5 page papers, one final 12-page paper.
|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. This course fulfills a "Method & Theory" requirement for the department major.
|Instructor(s): Rubenstein,Mary-Jane Victoria Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: FISK414; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 3||JR major: 12|| || |
|Seats Available: -6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 0||FR: 0|