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Brannon M. Wheeler
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

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


Recommended preparation

>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.

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 R. Paxton
Date: 04/10/2000