Folklore | Popular Religion & Cyberspace
F253 | 5466 | Janelli
Description and Objectives. The Internet has recently emerged as a
major site for the expression of individual religious experiences,
beliefs, and practices that are not officially sanctioned by well-
established religions. This course explores popular religion and its
expression on this burgeoning electronic medium through readings,
class discussions, and original research. As part of a liberal arts
curriculum, the course has a second objective of helping students to
enhance their skills in interpreting different religious ideas,
actions, and means of expression and thereby develop more informed
understandings of the world's diverse religiosity.
Prerequisites. The course is available for undergraduate credit
Evaluation Policies. Grades are determined as follows:
(a) Three examinations each contribute 17% of the grade for the
(b) A research paper of approximately 10 pages on a vernacular
religious topic your choice. It should be based primarily on
Internet sources. It may also make use of fieldwork, academic
sources, media, or some combination thereof. Final versions of the
papers are to be typed or computer-printed and due by the date of the
final exam on May 5 (17%).
(c) A 10-minute presentation of your research to the class (7%).
Evaluations of these presentations will be based on the richness and
organization of material presented.
(d) A number of two-paged, double-spaced (i.e., about 500-600 words)
synopses of weekly reading assignments, to be submitted on various
dates throughout the semester. One question suitable for class
discussion should be included with the synopsis. These synopses and
questions are to be typed or computer-printed and submitted at the
beginning of class (17%).
(e) Attendance and participation in class discussions contributes the
remainder of each person's grade (8%).