This world religion elective course introduces students to the Cultural Studies Method put forth by Dr. Diane Moore of Harvard Divinity School and the Religious Literacy Project. Students will learn how to recognize and analyze religious influences across time and place through a combination of lecture, discussion, reading and writing. The class will utilize the Cultural Studies Method to explore case studies related to themes such as gender, conflict and peace, climate change, the arts, and the “interpreted other”. Students will not be experts after this course, but will be more aware of the kinds of issues at stake regarding the study of religion.
Our approach to learning about religion is one that recognizes and values the diversity of beliefs and convictions within and among religions and worldviews. In this way, we will not be promoting or privileging one interpretation or worldview over another, or asking which interpretation or worldview is "right" or "true." Instead, we'll be exploring what gives rise to diverse interpretations, and why some worldviews and interpretations gain more social prominence and credibility in certain contexts over others. In short, our explorations will be focused on seeking to better understand diverse perspectives rather than debating which ones are "credible." I trust that all class interactions will be respectful and motivated by curiosity & a sincere interest in learning with & from one another.
Units of Study
Units will appear as we approach them. Some units from last year's remote learning are still there.
1st Semester - Eastern Religions
2nd Semester - Abrahamic Religions
Religious Studies Review