Religious Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

RELI 630: Approaches to the Study of Religion

RELI 630-001: Theories and Methods in Relig
(Fall 2016)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M

Innovation Hall 137

Section Information for Fall 2016

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What is religion? Is religion easily defined? Can we say it is a worship of God or gods or a life of ethical practices? Is it a way of thinking about the meaning of life? Does religion always point to a higher, non-human reality or is it like culture, a development of human ideas and experiences?  In this course, students will be introduced to the study of 'religion' and how this field of study has developed since its beginnings in the modern, western world.  Students will also be introduced to the methods used by scholars of religion as they observe and study the world's religions.

Core Course:       MAIS Concentration in Religion, Culture, and Values

Methods Course: MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies (religious Studies focus)


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines study of religion as academic discipline. Evaluates various intellectual approaches and methods used in study of religious phenomena. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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