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Introduction to World Religions Course Description

Fall 2013
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Cara Burnidge

on 15 September 2015

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Transcript of Introduction to World Religions Course Description

Introduction to
World Religions

This is what most World Religions classes focus on...
They spend a
set amount of time on each of these "major" traditions, effectively ignoring the map that allegedly frames the course.
We are going to do something different this semester.
(You might ask yourself why....)
Instead, we are going to focus on this part:
Especially this
this
and this
European Colonization 1492-2008
What "counts" as
religion?

How do we know?
And which religions are the "major" ones?

How do we know?
These are some of the questions we'll be discussing....
How has "religion" shaped the political, cultural, economic, and social world we know today?

How has politics, culture, economics, and social formation shaped what we know as "religion" today?
These are more questions we'll be discussing....
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