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RELIGION AND POLITICS (L57)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)SP2019

L57 RelPol 234American Religion and the Politics of Sincerity3.0 Units

L57 RelPol 242Religious Dissent and Reform in American Life3.0 Units
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01-T-R---2:30P-4:00PTBAGriffithPaper/Project/Take Home2000

L57 RelPol 3360Topics in American Culture Studies3.0 Units
Description:From Nella Larsen's classic Harlem Renaissance novel Passing (1929) to Jordan Peele's Oscar-winning thriller Get Out (2017), racial crossing, exchange, and intermixture remain a preoccupation in American culture. But who can cross racial boundaries, and who cannot? What motivates a person to leave behind one identity and take up another? And how have Americans at different time periods differentiated an authentic identity from a false one? This course explores these questions through an interdisciplinary archive of sources from history, literature, film, journalism, law, and philosophy. Tracing shifting conceptions of race, gender, and sexuality across the 20th and 21st centuries, we will consider how the practice of passing has changed over time and the ways in which it continues to shape contemporary ideas about identity categories. We will examine the costs and benefits of situating ideas like immigrant assimilation and cultural appropriation in relation to passing, as well as the uses and the limitations of thinking comparatively about racial passing and gender or sexuality passing. Our discussions will make use of a diverse set of scholarly and popular sources, including works from Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, Michael Jackson, Octavia Butler, and Alison Bechdel.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:L98 3360  L14 3360  L18 3366Frequency:Unpredictable / History
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01M-W----10:00A-11:30ATBAThurmanPaper/Project/Take Home2000

L57 RelPol 368Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion3.0 Units
Description:What is religion, and how can we study it? Do we need an answer to the first question to pursue the second? Why, and toward what ends, might we undertake such study? This course considers these questions through the investigation of significant attempts to study religion over the past century, paying particular attention to the methods, motivations, and aims of these works. Is the study of religion an effort to disprove or debunk it, or perhaps to support it? What would each mean? Is it an effort to describe the indescribable, or perhaps to translate complex beliefs and practices into a language in which they can be discussed by others? Why would such a translation be helpful, and to whom? Is the study of religion an investigation of a social phenomenon, an organization of communities, a specific formation of individuals, or perhaps a psychosis or illusion, evidence of the workings of power on our lives and the difficulty of bearing it? What is at stake in defining religion in these ways, and then in undertaking its study? In this course, we will discuss major theoretical approaches to the study of religion in relation to these questions and others, toward a better understanding of what religion might be and how it might be studied today. NOTE: This course is required for Religious Studies majors and minors. It is recommended that this course be taken after completion of L23 102 Thinking About Religion.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:C Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:L23 368Frequency:Annually / History
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01-T-R---1:00P-2:30PTBAKravchenkoPaper/Project/Take Home1500


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