Charles L. Richter
Study of religion as a general human phenomenon. Manner in which different methods of inquiry (phenomenology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, literary criticism, archaeology, philosophy, theology) illuminate different aspects of religion and help to shape our conceptions of its nature. Recommended: RELIG 201 or RELIG 202. Offered: jointly with CHID 380.
The first part of the quarter 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 quarter will introduce newer theories on religion and religion's intersections with other social phenomena.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures and class discussion.
No official prerequisites, but previous courses on religion will be helpful.
Class assignments and grading