Religious Studies | Topics in American Religious History: Religion in Contemporary America
R434 | 4160 | Stein


In this course we will examine a variety of developments in the
recent past and in the contemporary situation ranging across the
spectrum of religious and spiritual options in the United States.
One major theme will be the new religious pluralism that is evident
in our nation.  Another focus will be on new institutional and non-
institutional expressions of religiosity.  The course plan calls for
utilization of a variety of materials that describe, reflect,
address, or represent the changing character of American religious
life.  Course materials will include required texts for purchase,
additional readings placed on electronic reserve, generous use of
videos and films, guest speakers, field trips, and discussion as the
regular class format.  There will be a midterm and a final
examination.  In addition, students will write a ten-page research
paper on an approved topic appropriate to the course subject matter
and may be responsible for a short class presentation.  Course
procedures therefore assume an active stance by all enrolled
students.  Textbooks: The Channeling Zone: American Spirituality in
an Anxious Age, Gods of the City: Religion and the American Urban
Landscape, A New Religious America, Reinventing American
Protestantism: Christianity in the New Millennium.