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RELIGION AND POLITICS (L57)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)FL2018

L57 RelPol 102Thinking About Religion3.0 Units
Description:Nearly everyone has had some experience with something they would call "religion," from at least a passing familiarity through the media to a lifetime of active participation in religious communities. But what do we actually mean when we use the word? What is a religion? What does it mean to call something a religion, or "religious"? And what does it mean to study religion, given the slipperiness of the concept itself? This course offers an introduction to the academic study of religion through a consideration of these questions: 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? We will also consider what is at stake in our investigation and inquiry into religion-for the inquirers, for the subjects of inquiry, and for society more broadly-and what kind of lens the study of religion offers us on ourselves, our neighbors, and society, in turn. To these ends, we will discuss major theoretical approaches to the study of religion and significant work on religions and religious phenomena, toward a better understanding of what "religion" might be and how it might be studied today. No prior knowledge or experience of religion, religions, or anything religious is expected or required. This course is required for Religious Studies majors and minors.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CP Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:L23 102Frequency:Annually / History
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01M-W-F--10:00A-11:00ASimon / 017 KravchenkoPaper/Project/TakeHome35353
02M-W-F--12:00P-1:00PMallinckrodt / 303 KravchenkoPaper/Project/TakeHome35354

L57 RelPol 265Vulnerability and Violence in Religion and Politics3.0 Units
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01-T-R---1:00P-2:30PEads / 116 BialekPaper/Project/TakeHome25261

L57 RelPol 3081City on a Hill: The Concept and Culture of American Exceptionalism3.0 Units
Description:This course examines the concept, history, and culture of American exceptionalism-the idea that America has been specially chosen, or has a special mission to the world. First, we examine the Puritan sermon that politicians quote when they describe America as a "city on a hill." This sermon has been called the "ur-text" of American literature, the foundational document of American culture; learning and drawing from multiple literary methodologies, we will re-investigate what that sermon means and how it came to tell a story about the Puritan origins of American culture-a thesis our class will reassess with the help of modern critics. In the second part of this class, we will broaden our discussion to consider the wider (and newer) meanings of American exceptionalism, theorizing the concept while looking at the way it has been revitalized, redefined and redeployed in recent years. Finally, the course ends with a careful study of American exceptionalism in modern political rhetoric, starting with JFK and proceeding through Reagan to the current day, ending with an analysis of Donald Trump and the rise of "America First." In the end, students will gain a firm grasp of the long history and continuing significance-the pervasive impact-of this concept in American culture. American Culture Studies (AMCS) is a multidisciplinary program that provides both a broader context for study in different fields and a deeper understanding of American culture in all of its complexities.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:L98 3081  L14 3081  L22 3082  L23 3080Frequency:Every 1 or 2 Years / History

L57 RelPol 320Religious Freedom in America3.0 Units
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01M-W----10:00A-11:00ASeigle / L006 Inazu, ValeriPaper/Project/TakeHome100870
A----F--10:00A-11:00ADuncker / 1 [TBA]No final25120
B----F--10:00A-11:00AEads / 215 [TBA]No final25140
C----F--11:00A-12:00PSeigle / 111 [TBA]No final25110
D----F--11:00A-12:00PSeigle / 210 [TBA]No final25200
E----F--10:00A-11:00ASeigle / 111 [TBA]No final25140
F----F--11:00A-12:00PSeigle / 208 [TBA]No final25160

L57 RelPol 335Gender and Power in Religious Thought3.0 Units
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01M------2:30P-5:30PUmrath / 116 BialekPaper/Project/TakeHome15120


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