Course Description for (CD) Religion as Culture
(CD) Religion as Culture
This course will introduce students to one of the primary approaches to Religious Studies: the Social Scientific Study of religion as culture (other, complementary, approaches being History of Religions/Comparative Religions and Philosophy of Religion). We will begin with a unit examining classical theorists (Durkhiem and Weber), current theoretical developments and exploring some key methodological issues. In Units Two and Three we will draw on case studies illustrating religious diversity to refine/apply our understanding of theory and method.