Honors Program

Honors Religion and Culture

Honors Religion and CultureHonors Religion and Culture

22631 REL 11200-01H M 4:30 pm - 5:45 PM

(This is a hybrid section: students will be expected to watch
lectures on their own time and meet once a week with
the instructor for the discussion.)

This course fulfills the new general education requirements’ category B.7 (“interdisciplinary ways of knowing,” learning outcomes 1.3, 1.5, 1.7, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 6.1, 6.6), the old general education program requirements’ area IV (“humanistic thought”), and the COAS cultural studies (western culture) and humanities distribution requirements. Limited to honors eligible students.

Instructor: Dr. Erik Ohlander (Philosophy)

Designed to provide an engaging introduction to the subject, this course furnishes an overview of modern academic theories regarding the origin, form, and function of religion in human life supported by case studies drawn from various world religious traditions. Through a stimulating combination of academic studies and documentaries we will not only survey some of the major classic theorists in the academic study of religion but will endeavor to test the scope and efficacy of their theories by applying them to a series of case studies drawn from various world religious traditions. Our theorists will include the likes of Tylor, Frazer, Marx, Freud, Durkheim, Weber, Evans-Pritchard, Eliade, and Geertz while our case studies will range from Rastafarianism in Jamaica to Zen Buddhism in Japan, Hasidic Judaism in New York City to Islam in Mecca, and Voodoo in rural Haiti to Hinduism along India’s famed Ganges River.