RELST 4449

RELST 4449

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2015-2016.

This course provides advanced students in Religious Studies or the humanities a working familiarity with important methodological issues in the academic study of religion. Following a brief historical outline of the development of the academic study of religion, we will survey major approaches to the academic study of religion currently used and discussed in Religious Studies today. We will read representative and seminal works from the following approaches to the study of religion: anthropology, philosophical hermeneutics, phenomenology, history of religions, the sociology of religion and critical ideological studies. For each of these cases, we will see how these studies both build upon the nineteenth century assumptions of the nature of religion and have addressed twentieth century religious and theoretical issues. For each of the texts we will be reading, we will try to grasp why particular approaches had the appeal they did when they did. The course operates as an intellectual history of the rise of the study of religion as an academic (as opposed to confessional) subject.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: two courses in religious studies or permission of instructor.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (KCM-AS)
Satisfies Requirement Requirement for Religious Studies majors.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASIAN 4449

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8275RELST 4449  SEM 101

  • One course in Religious Studies.