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    May 24, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

REL 3000 - Searching for Religion: The Quest for Meaning from the Church and Mosque to the Movie Screen and Concert Stage

Goals: This course will investigate the following questions: What is religion and in what ways does it impact people’s lives? In what ways can religion be found not only in churches, synagogues and mosques, but also in movie theaters and concert stages, football fields and fandom? What methods should be used to study religion and what theories best explain it?

Content: Students will study approaches to religion from a wide range of fields, including psychology, theology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy and history, as well as feminist and postmodern approaches. They will investigate religious phenomena in diverse contexts, from the totemistic rituals of aboriginal groups to contemporary popular culture.

Taught: Spring semester

Prerequisite: One previous religion course (grade of C- or better) or instructor approval

Credits: 4