Sep 23, 2023
CLWR 1810 - Introduction to the Study of Religion
What is “religion” and how do we study it? The answer may seem obvious but it’s not. In this course, we explore religious practices in multiple religious traditions and examine the relationship between religion and a range of other social factors–social class, gender, ethnicity, politics, among others. Along the way, we will also reflect on broader comparative and methodological questions posed by scholars who have studied religion from diverse perspectives (historical, psychological, phenomenological, and sociological).
Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Constructed World
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2HL
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Describe methods that scholars use to study religion.
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of alternative methodological approaches such as Robert Orsi’s.
- Explain what a religion is (and is not) and how religions relate to other dimensions of human social life.
- Explain what does, and does not, constitute plagiarism and cheating.
- Identify at least three central concerns or questions animating the study of religion today.
- Identify some of the ethical and methodological problems that have arisen historically in the secular academic study of religions.
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