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Religion & Society

  • Summer 1 2021-2022

    June 14, 2022 - Aug 1, 2022 For All Students Register
  • Semester 2 2021-2022

    Jan 12, 2022 - April 29, 2022 For Member Schools Register
  • Summer 2 2021-2022

    July 5, 2022-Aug 22, 2022 For All Students Register
  • Semester 2 2022-2023

    Jan 11, 2023-April 28, 2023 For Members Registration closed

Course Overview

Religion is one of the most salient forces in contemporary society but is also one of the most misunderstood. What exactly is religion? How does religious identity inform the ways humans understand themselves and the world around them? How can increased levels of religious literacy help us become more effective civic agents in the world today? Students in this course will conduct several deep dives into specific case studies in order to understand how religious identity intersects with various systems of power, including race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. By engaging with material from a variety of academic fields (history, sociology, anthropology, psychology), students will grapple with the complex ways in which society and religious identity relate to one another.

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