Religious Studies | Interpretations of Religion
R665 | 3903 | McRae


Interpretations of Religion (McRae) (3 Cr.) M 7:00-9:00 PM BH 221

The aim of this course is to acquaint graduate students with the study of
religion at an advanced level, both as a discrete field of inquiry that
evolved through its own set of historical processes and as a set of
methodologies that need to be learned for professional involvement in the
field. We will explore contemporary theoretical work focusing on issues of
the definition, interpretation, and explanation of "religion," then
examine recent exemplars of different approaches to the study of various
types of religious structures and phenomena. Course format will require
rigorous critical examination of weekly reading, in-class presentations on
and written responses to the reading, and two course papers, one
methodological and the other substantive.