RELST 250: Schedule of Readings & Assignments


January 3:  Course introductions, expectations

DUE: In-class exercise: “Tupac’s Ashes” [online]; “Black Jesuz” [video][lyrics]; Europe [online]; Jamestown [online]; John 6:53-57 (KJV)[online]

January 4: Definitions & Contexts

READING: Geertz, “Religion as a Cultural System” [online]; Lyden (ch.1); Mazur (ch.2)

Mediated Encounters

January 7: Journalism & Advertizing

READING: “Introduction to Section II, part A”; Mitchell (ch.4); Sheffield (ch.10)

January 8: Music & Radio

READING: Hulsether (ch.7); Hangen (ch.6)

January 9: Television & Film

READING: Siegler (ch.3); Lyden (ch.5)

January 10: Video- & Internet Games, and Social Networking

READING: Wagner (ch.8); Campbell & Teusner (ch.9)

Material & Locative Encounters

January 11: Popular Literature, and Comics & Graphic Novels

READING: “Introduction to Section II, part B”; Chapman (ch.11); Kraemer & Lewis (ch.12)

DUE: Reading Project, Part I (“Author / Work Evaluation”)

January 14: Monuments of Civil Religion

READING: “Introduction to Section II, part C”; Eliade (ch.1 & ch.2) [online]; Bellah, “American Civil Religion” [online]; Caterine (ch.20)

January 15: Sport, and Electronic Dance Music Events

READING: Scholes (ch.19); St John (ch.18)

January 16: Fashion, and Shopping & Consumption

READING: Dutton (ch.14); Taylor (ch.17)

January 17: Kitsch, and Games & Dolls

READING: Primiano (ch.16); Bado & Sachs Norris (ch. 15)

January 18: Cooking & Food

READING: Zeller (ch.13)

DUE: Reading Project, Part II (“Genre / Content Evaluation”)

Religious Traditions

January 21: Protestantism & Roman Catholicism

READING: “Introduction to Section III”; Marsh (ch.28); Payne (ch.22)

January 22: Judaism & Islam

READING: Mazur (ch.25); Youmans (ch.24)

January 23: Hinduism & Buddhism

READING: Nayar (ch.23); Shields (21)

January 24: Mormonism & Paganism

READING: Trepanier, Newswander, & Newswander (ch.26); Vann (ch.27)


DUE: Reading Project, Part III (“Report”)