Core Seminar

RLR 700R: Introduction to the Interdisciplinary Study of Religious Practices

This course serves as an introduction to the study of religion through an examination of religious practices. We look comparatively at a variety of approaches and lenses, within religious and theological studies, reading both work describing theory and method and works studying religious practices. Throughout we keep trying to be attentive to how religions are lived and practiced and how best we can understand these practices. As their major project, students study one religious practice, drawing upon one or more of the theoretical and methodological frameworks presented. The course is conducted in seminar format. Students are expected to participate in seminar discussions, be co-presenters of the weekly topics, and prepare a research project.

The seminar is offered each year in the spring semester.

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