Religious Studies | Interpretations of Religion
R665 | 3999 | McRae


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.