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De/Constructing Religion

FGSS 230
Spring 2013
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: RELI 488
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

We tend to assume religion is a trans-historical phenomenon, an essential form of human experience shared across various cultures and geographic spaces. Religion is distinct from politics, science, art, and the economy, or so we hold. But how did this notion of religion emerge, and what exactly are its parameters? This course examines the construction of religion as a category and a concept, and the way its emergence intersects with particular matrices of sex/gender, as well as with attendant notions of agency, autonomy, civilization, progress, and modernity. Particular attention will be paid to the colonial genealogy of the modern concept of religion, and to the colonial and post-colonial transformation of various socio-ethical traditions into "religions."
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS FGSS
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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