Charles L. Richter
Provides a variety of approaches to the study of religion centered on examining the relationship between religion and modernity in the tradition of post-enlightenment, Euro-American scholarship. Examines theories of religion across disciplines: history, anthropology, sociology, Marxism, feminism, postmodernism, political theology, and Freudian psycho-analytical theory. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 380.
The first part of the course will deal with the history of studying religion as a discipline, covering the major figures and theorists in areas such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, and economics. We will address the many ways in which the academy has attempted to describe the phenomenon of religion, as well as the problem of defining religion itself The remainder of the course will introduce newer theories on religion and religion's intersections with other social phenomena.
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