Approaches to the Study of Religion

Trinity College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Approaches to the Study of Religion

  • Host University

    Trinity College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Seeing religion as a cultural phenomenon interrelated with possibly all aspects of human life a broad range of approaches is being applied within the academic study of religion. In the first section of the module, an overview of the disciplinary history of this subject will be given. A line will be drawn from positions on religion rooted in enlightenment and romantic thought to the formation of an academic discipline and to the critical concepts and debates following the cultural turn such as gender, colonialism, or pluralism. In the second section, the module will provide an introductory understanding and a first application of ?classical? approaches such as the sociology, the anthropology and the psychology of religion, and of more recently emerging concepts such as the economy or the aesthetics of religion.

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