REL 300: Culture and Religion

MALS/IDS Students,

REL 300: Culture and Religion will be offered for Winter Quarter 2011 and will also be cross-listed as a MALS graduate-level course.  If you are interested, please register under REL 300.  Course description is below:

CULTURE AND RELIGION                   
REL 300
Tues 6-9:15pm, Winter, 2011
Dr. Kay Read, kay.a.read@gmail.com

This course explores differing ways diverse peoples define (both implicitly and explicitly) “culture,” “religion,” and “power;” and how they apply these definitions to others and themselves.  We will focus primarily on theories about how religion operates in culture; and although we will be looking at examples of the ways these theories have been applied to both non-western and western cultures, our focus is on the critical understanding of these theories rather than on the description of any particular culture.  Our exemplary texts for exploring the many ways culture, religion and power can interact will be websites devoted to religious, political, social, ethical, historical, etc. issues concerning three particular non-western cultures:  Hindu, Muslim and Woodland Indian (specifically the Anishinaabeg and Winnebago).  Students choose their own sites and issues according to their own interests.

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