HISTORY 675 - Theorizing Religion
Section: 001 Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This seminar has three-fold aim:

  1. To orient students with diverse disciplinary orientations and regional specializations in the academic field of Religious Studies; to survey its history and review its current institutional and professional outlook particularly in North America;
  2. To consider several topics and domains where questions concerning religion have been particularly critical and productive in recent years;
  3. To explore optimal possibilities for research and teaching in the field today when the commonly received, essentialized notions of “religion” (in general) and “religions” (in the sense of any of the particular “–isms”) are increasingly under criticism.
Topics will include:

  • Theology, Biblical Studies, Religious Studies—Are they related? How?
  • “Theory and Method” Then and Now—How has the field of Religious Studies been telling its disciplinary history? How should it change?
  • Law and Religion—Is law secular? How has law been handling religion, especially in the US, UK, and EU courts?
  • Can Christianity (or any other “–ism”) be taught? How?
  • Should “World Religions” be taught?
  • What are possible parameters, or best practice in teaching introductory-level religion courses?

HISTORY 675 - Theorizing Religion
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001 (SEM)
Tu 6:00PM - 9:00PM
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