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Religion and Unbelief

Program(s): Immersion

What does “spiritual but not religious” mean and in what ways does it overlap (or not) with commitments to religion and secularism? In this course, we unpack the categories of “religion,” “spirituality,” “atheism,” and “secularism” to better understand how they shape allegiances and dividing lines in contemporary social and political life. In the first half of the course, we will critically examine classical and contemporary approaches to these categories. In the second half, we will study three monographs in detail that discuss these concepts and their entanglements, calling into question fundamental assumptions about the distinctiveness of the categories. As we work through course material, students will conduct their own ethnography of religion and unbelief in the Hyde Park area.

See sample syllabus here. 

Remote or Residential

✓ Residential (On-Campus)


Course Considerations

Writing Intensive
Reading Intensive
Discussion Intensive

Course Overview

Start Date

June 17

End Date

July 05

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Class Details

Course Code

RLST 10002 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration (CST)


3:00 P.M.


Session I

Course Length

3 weeks

HS Orientation Date

June 15
June 16

Primary Instructor

Samuel Baudinette

Academic Interest

Humanities (e.g., arts, philosophy)
Examining Culture and Society
Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)