COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Syllabus

COURSE CALENDAR

Jan 14 - Introductions

Jan 31 - Whence Religious Studies (1)

Seminar Reading: Sharpe, Comparative Religion (1986)

(We'll have group projects on Sharpe. Details to be provided on the first day of class.)

Feb 7 - Whence Religious Studies (2)

Seminar Reading: Preus, Explaining Religion (1987)

Pedagogy Project: David Hume

Extra: Schabel and Bock, Persistence and Exceptional Intensity of American Religion (2017)

Feb 14 - Religion in its Evolutionary Context

Seminar Reading: Harari, Sapiens (2015)

Pedagogy Project: Edward Burnett Tylor

Extra: Crabtree, Our Fragile Intellect

Feb 21 - Comparative Study of Religion (1)

Seminar Reading: Paden, Religious Worlds (1994)

Pedagogy Project: James Frazer

Feb 28 - Comparative Study of Religion (2)

Seminar Reading: McCutcheon, Manufacturing Religion (2003)

Pedagogy Project: Mircea Eliade

Mar 7 - Comparative Study of Religion (3)

Seminar Reading: Prothero, God Is Not One (2011)

Pedagogy Project: Gerard van der Leeuw

Mar 21 - Religious Experience and Reduction

Seminar Reading: McCutcheon, Insider/Outsider Problem (1999), Introduction, Parts 1-3

Pedagogy Project: William James

Mar 28 - Neutrality and Reflexivity

Seminar Reading: McCutcheon, Insider/Outsider Problem (1999), Parts 4-6

Pedagogy Project: Wilfred Cantwell Smith

Apr 4 - Is There a Science of Religion?

Seminar Reading: Martin and Wiebe, Conversations and Controversies (2016)

Pedagogy Project: Emile Durkheim

Apr 11 - Why People are Religious

Seminar Reading: Stark, Why God? (2017)

Pedagogy Project: Rudolph Otto

Apr 18 - Cognitive Science of Religion

Seminar Reading: Tremlin, Minds and Gods (2006)

Pedagogy Project: Sigmund Freud

Apr 25 - Final Projects

May 2 - Final Projects