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Dr. Joel Brereton, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2003

ANS 301M • 5-Introduction to Study of Religion

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27465 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BEL 328
KURTZ

Course Description

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.

Grading Policy

Two midterm exams and a final or A research paper on a relevant topic of the student’s 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%

Texts

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 World’s Religions in Socialogical Perspective

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