ASIAN 380 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 003 What is Religion?
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credits:
3
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

What are people looking for when they turn to religion, and what kind of fulfillment do they find in the experience? Why did religion seem to have disappeared by the mid-20th century before returning with a vengeance only a few decades later? Is ‘religion’ sui generis or was it invented in the 19th century, the product of the Western scholarly imagination? The aim of this course is to get students to think critically about religion in its many facets by introducing students to important contemporary themes and to the writings of key thinkers who have influenced the contemporary understanding and academic study of religion. We will discuss the construction of the modern concept of religion and its career as a theoretical concept, as an academic discipline and as a public discourse. In addition, this course situates the problem of religion and its study (and thus of modernity, secularism, and globalization), in relation to imperialism and colonial forms of knowledge and power. Students should therefore expect to become acquainted with philosophical approaches to the study of religion and to the work of theorists who have contributed to some of the main debates in modern religious studies. By way of reference to historically specific studies of Asian and Western religious traditions, students will also be expected to examine a variety of critical issues that intersect with the contemporary study of religion, such as gender, science, fundamentalism, belief, politics, capitalism, mysticism and spirituality, secularization, postcoloniality, postmodernism, pluralism etc. The course will be taught through a combination of lecture and student colloquia.

ASIAN 380 - Topics in Asian Studies
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002 (LEC)
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45003
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (LEC)
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45004
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27
 
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M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (LEC)
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45005
Open
31
 
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MWF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (LEC)
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46734
Open
31
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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