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Martin S. Jaffee
RELIG 501
Seattle Campus

Approaches to the Study of Religion

Major approaches employed by modern scholarship in the study of religion, including historical, phenomenological, anthropological, sociological, and psychological. Prerequisite: admission to the comparative religion MAIS program or permission of instructor. Offered: A.

Class description

The course is an introduction to the principal theoretical approaches that have shaped the comparative study of religion since the nineteenth century.> > > > > > > > > > > > Basis on which Grades are Assigned:

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

It is a discussion seminar based upon careful reading of scholarly sources and sustained analysis and discussion.> >

Recommended preparation

Students should be in the MA program in Comparative Religion or should have taken RELIG 380 or its equivalent at another university.> >

Class assignments and grading

> > General Nature of Assignments: There will be daily brief response essays for each reading plus 2 longer research papers.> > > > > >

The response essays are not graded. Grades are assigned on evaluation of student's in-class participation as well as the evaluations of the longer research assignments.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Loryn Hazan Paxton
Date: 04/05/2001