World Religions in Historical Context (HIST*2070)
Code and section: HIST*2070*DE
Term: Summer 2020
Instructor: Edward Smith
This course introduces you to the comparative study of religion in history and the interaction of religion with general social and cultural traits over time. A focus on the cultural roots of specific religious traditions, and religion as a metaphor, will account for the spread of these diverse traditions across social and national boundaries.
The course will consider primal religions, eastern religions, 'Peoples of the Book' (Judaism, Christianity and Islam considered together), and 'New Religious Movements' (a category considering religions and para-religions produced by modernity). Special attention will be paid to religion as practiced by its adherents, as much as to formal doctrines and their development over time.
Methods of Evaluation and Weights:
Online Discussions (5) in Weeks 2, 4-5, 8-9, 11, 12 - 25%
Essays (3) End of Weeks 3, 6, 10 - 40%
Final Examination: Take home, date to be announced - 35%
Texts and/or Resources Required:
There is no text assigned for this course. Course readings, embedded links and eReserve items form your online textbook.
*Please note: This is a preliminary web course description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.