RELS-309.

A, Introduction to Religion Instructor: Nathan Rein (nrein at ursinus dot edu, 610-973-7186, AIM: nathanrein) MW 2:30-3:45pm, Olin 108 Required texts: Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger Mircea Eliade, Cosmos and History Claude Levi-Strauss, Myth and Meaning William Paden, Religious Worlds Daniel Pals, Eight Theories of Religion Required assignments: Two short papers (1500-2000 words), due 2/20 and 3/23 (20% each) One final project, due on the date of our scheduled final (t.b.a.) (40%) There will also be periodic, short, informal assignments given out throughout the semester. Classroom participation will count for 20% of your final grade. Schedule of readings: M 1/19 Introduction to the class Religion in the news W 1/21 Paden, 1-49 M 1/26 Paden, 51-120 W 1/28 Paden, 121-170 M 2/2 Pals, 3-52 W 2/4 M 2/9 Pals, 53-84 W 2/11 M 2/16 Pals, 85-117 W 2/18 M 2/23

Pals, 118-148 W 2/25 M 3/2 Pals, 149-192 W 3/4 M 3/9 and W 3/11 - No class (spring break) M 3/16 Pals, 193-228 Readings from Eliade, Cosmos and History W 3/18 M 3/23 Pals, 229-240 W 3/25 M 3/30 Pals, 241-321 W 4/1 M 4/6 Levi-Strauss, Myth and Meaning (entire) W 4/8 M 4/13 W 4/15 M 4/20 Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger (selections) W 4/22 - No class (COSA) M 4/27 W 4/29 M 5/4

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