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RELS 2001 - Studying Religion as an Academic Discipline
Introduction to various scholarly ways of understanding religion in general and particular religions as products and producers of human culture and identity. Examination of common presuppositions and theories about religion, including the distinction between ‘personal spirituality/faith’ and group activity, the arbitrary boundaries between religion and other spheres of life (e.g. politics, social structure, and art), and whether ‘religion’ is reducible to social or psychological factors. The limits of ‘outsider’ knowledge of religious traditions. Prerequisite(s): Four courses (12.0 credit hours) in Arts and Science Equivalent: Religious Studies 2000 (Anatomy of Religions) (prior to 2013/2014)
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours
0.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate, Graduate, Audit
Schedule Types: Lecture

Religious Studies Department

Course Attributes:
Fine Arts & Humanit Lib Ed Req, Arts & Science course

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