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REL 100.001
Introduction to Religious Studies

Clay female figurine (Psi-type) of Mycenaean origin, 1300-1150 BC.

REL 100.001
Class Time: TR 2:00-3:15
Location: Manly Hall 308

Vaia Touna
Office Hour: 1-2pm & by appointment
Office: Manly Hall 202

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Who was Rudolf Otto?

Who was Paul Tillich?

Who was Mircea Eliade?

Who is Karen Armstrong?

Who was Karl Marx?

Who was Emile Durkheim?

Who was Sigmund Freud?

Who was Ludwig Wittgenstein?

Who was Mary Douglas?

Who is Jonathan Z. Smith?




As a general introduction to the academic study of religion, REL 100 focuses in detail on the problem of defining religion, and identifies the theories of religionís function or purpose implicit in each, and the practical implications (that is, social, economic, political) of defining it in this or that way. Examples where this is applied will be mainly, though not exclusively, chosen from ancient Greece.

As a Core Curriculum Humanities course, REL 100ís goal is for all students to learn to define, accurately describe, and compare in a non-evaluative manner so as to find significant similarities and differences among forms of observable human behavior. HU INB

Spring 2017 Syllabus (PDF)

There is one book required for this course (available at the University Supply store, as well as other local bookstores), written specifically for the class: Studying Religion: An Introduction