If any of your students are looking for a great way to satisfy their social science credit this summer, please suggest R S f310: Introduction to the Study of Religion to them. It will be a great course. See details below:
R S f310 Intro to the Study of Religion (86177) MTWTHF 11:30am-1pm; Benjamin Cox, Instructor
What do Moses, the Buddha, and Luke Skywalker have in common? Is there a similarity between going to a church or synagogue and watching the Longhorns crush OU? This course offers students an introduction to the academic study of religion through a cross-cultural comparison of four key aspects of religion: myth, suffering and evil, social organization, and magic. In each of four units, we will test the boundaries of what we mean by the term ‘religion’ by comparing examples of our key themes drawn from a variety of religious contexts to examples drawn from ‘secular’ popular culture. We will investigate the extent to which seemingly-secular aspects of American popular culture like sports superstitions, the presidential inauguration, Groundhog Day, Star Wars and Harry Potter conform to certain ‘religious’ paradigms within a broad cross-cultural and historical context including the religious systems of ancient India, contemporary Japan, the ancient Near East, sub-Saharan Africa, and aboriginal Australia. All readings will be provided online via Canvas. This course carries a GC flag and satisfies the Social Studies requirement for University Core Curriculum.