REL 490.001

Capstone Senior Seminar

R | 3:30-5:50

MA 210

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Scholars often talk about religious traditions & traditional discourses, but, like many terms, “tradition” has a variety of meanings and usages. This seminar brings the topic of “tradition” into a critical thinking laboratory and explores the following questions: What is a tradition and how are they made and transmitted? What are traditions good for/what do people do with traditions? Are traditions invented? Are they genuine or spurious? What is the relation between “tradition” and “the past”? Does the term “tradition” have any analytical utility in the study of religion?

Required of all REL majors and only offered each Spring semester.

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Vaia Touna

This course has no required books but PDF readings that will be available through the course's Blackboard site.

Online Readings

Blackboard Other texts will be available through the Blackboard course site.