Religious Studies | Introduction to the Study of Religion
R264 | 3875 | Haberman


R264  Introduction to the Study of Religion (Haberman) (3 Cr.) TR
11:15-12:30 KH 212

What is religion?  How has it been defined?  Why are people religious?
How have people accounted for its nature and function in the human
experience?  How should religion be studied?  And what is at stake in the
great differences we find in the variety of answers that have been
supplied to these inquiries? These are some of the questions we will
struggle with in this seminar, which is designed to introduce students to
the field of Religious Studies.  Students will explore the works of
influential thinkers such as Emile Durkheim, Peter Berger, Mircea Eliade,
Sigmund Freud, Clifford Geertz, Victor Turner, Claude Levi-Strauss,
Jonathan Z. Smith and Paul Tillich.  Requirements: brief weekly analyses,
midterm exam, and final paper.