Brannon M. Wheeler
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.
Overview of some of the most influential approaches to the study of religion, with emphasis on how classical theorists (Tylor, W.R. Smith, Freud, Durkheim) are applied in more recent scholarship. Students are expected to read an critique important contemporary work in the History of Religions, analyzing and comparing approaches, methodologies, and theories.
Overview of modern approaches to the study of religion with emphasis on critical reading and thinking.>
In-depth understanding of various seminal and influential theories in the >general study of religion with particular emphasis on theories developed since >the end of the 19th century. >
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
>Solid undergraduate background in study of religion or other related discipline.
Class assignments and grading
Reading books, one major critique paper, one minor critique paper. >>
Same as above.