REL 501.001

Social Theory Foundations

W | 3:30-5:50

MA 200

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This graduate seminar introduces students to terms and ideas from social theory and their relevance to the academic study of religion. Throughout the course, students will apply theories to analyze examples relevant in Religious Studies, both ancient and modern.

Steven Ramey

  • Office hours: 

    Tuesday, 11-12 noon PRH 211 and by appointment.

    Email for an in-person appointment or a Zoom meeting if another time is needed.

  • (205) 348-5271


Discipline and Punish Cover

Foucault, Michel
Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
Vintage Books, 1995

Giving an Account of Oneself cover

Butler, Judith
Giving an Account of Oneself
Fordham University Press, 2005

On Television

Bourdieu, Pierre
On Television
New Press, 1999

Racecraft cover

Fields, Karen E., and Barbara J. Fields
Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life
Verso, 2014

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Online Readings

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