Course Information

Introduction to Religious Studies

Course ID: THEO 107
School:Arts and Sciences, College of
Program: Theology
Credit Hours: 3

Course Description

Ritual in the Key of Life This course will introduce students to the disciplined description, analysis, and interpretation of religion. This course is designed to help students with diverse interests and majors reflect on the role of religion today. How do religious beliefs and ritual shape our own communities? And, how might knowledge about religion enable critical reflection and ethical action in our personal and professional lives? Together we will survey a range of religious traditions (ancient and modern) practiced around the world. To see how beliefs are embodied in ritual practices, we will observe, describe, and analyze case studies from religious texts, ritual performances, and current affairs. We will pay special attention to examples in three thematic clusters: (1) religious scriptures; (2) gender and social structure; and (3) death and loss. This course is designed to help students develop the tools for critical and reflective thinking with a focus on the cross-cultural analysis of religion.

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