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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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TRS 179 - Theory and Method in the Study of Religion

Upper Division

TRS 097  or TRS 189 .

This course is designed to give students a foundation in the classical and contemporary theories and methods used in the academic study of religion. A key focus of the course will be on seminal theories and methods such as those formulated by Sigmund Freud, Emile Durkheim, Mircea Eliade, and Clifford Geertz. We’ll also examine the methodologies employed by some prominent, recent scholars and consider the connections these make with underlying theory. A key component of the course will be an exploration of the differences between theological and religious studies and the development of religious studies as an academic discipline.  Students will also have the opportunity to become familiar with critical issues and debates within the contemporary field of religious studies such as the role of the body in religion, religion and power, the debate over “insider” and “outsider” perspectives, and the place of theological commitments in the academic study of religion.

Core Curriculum Designation(s)
TE - Theological Explorations

Additional Notes
Instructor’s permission required. (If you are interested, please ask!) This is a required course for TRS Majors and one of two options, along with TRS 129 , for TRS Minors.

Course credits: 1

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