ANS 301M • 5-Introduction to Study of Religion
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Surveys a variety of religious traditions and introduces scholarly methods for the study of religion from an interdisciplinary perspective, although with some sociological bias. This course will explore the nature of religious beliefs and practices, both historically and in the contemporary context. Of particular interest will be the way in which religious traditions are formed and changed over time as they become increasingly cosmopolitan, and the relationship between those traditions and the current globalization of culture and society.
Two midterm exams and a final or A research paper on a relevant topic of the students choice, addressing general issues from the course as they pertain to the religion under investigation 70% An analysis of a religious ritual (this assignment may be part of the term paper for those choosing that option 20% Class presentation ca.10%
A packet of primary sources from several religious traditions (including scriptures and some ancient and contemporary commentaries from Augustine to Gandhi) Lester Kurtz, Gods in the Global Village: The Worlds Religions in Socialogical Perspective