Folklore | Vernacular Religion
F404 | 2423 | Janelli
Description and Objectives. This course explores diverse,
individual, religious experiences as well as beliefs and practices
that are not officially sanctioned by any organized or established
religion. It includes attention to individual religious expression
on the Internet.
As part of a liberal arts curriculum, the course has a second
objective of helping students to enhance their skills in interpreting
religious ideas, actions, and expressions and thereby develop more
informed understandings of various religious experiences found
throughout the world.
Prerequisites. The course is available for undergraduate credit
Grading Policies. Grades are determined as follows:
(a) A midterm and final examination (25% each).
(b) A research paper of approximately 10 pages on a topic your
choice. It can be based on fieldwork, on printed, media, or internet
sources, or on some combination thereof. A summary of each paper is
presented in class for discussion, after which the paper may be
revised. Final versions of the papers are due April 23, one week
before the end of classes. (25%)
(c) A series of one-page, double-spaced (i.e., about 250-300 words)
synopses of weekly reading assignments, to be submitted throughout
the semester. One question suitable for class discussion should be
added to the synopsis. These ten synopses and questions are to be
typed or computer-printed and submitted at the beginning of class.
(d) The remainder of each person's grade is determined by oral
contributions to class discussions. (5%)
(e) Points may be added to your semester average for optional book