Canceled for Summer 2020
Have you ever asked yourself just what religion is? Is religion natural or learned? Is it something you think or something you experience? Is it helpful to society, and if so, how? We will consider how religious studies scholars have approached these and other “big questions,” and explore our own possible responses by engaging religious texts (like the Bible), artifacts (like Orthodox icons), and worship spaces (like the Baha’i Temple in Wilmette). Along the way, we will visit museums (like The Art Institute), watch and discuss movies/TV shows about particular religions (like ‘Defending Your Life’ from 1991) and hear from guest speakers who will talk about their research and/or their religious perspective. You will come away from this course with a better understanding about religion as a cultural product and its implications (for example, the ethical) for other dimensions of human life in general (for example, politics). You will also improve valuable scholarly skills around critical thinking, speaking, and writing via debates, presentations, and short written assignments.
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