RGST 200

INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF RELIGION

2021–2022 WINTER, TERM 1 | T &TH 11:00 – 12:30

Course Description

In the twenty-first century, religion is an important index of identity. It is both a source of unity and conflict on the world stage, and provides powerful motivation for behavior. In this course, we will study a wide variety of religions from a comparative, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary perspective. We will approach religions as complex systems that share certain common features. Our primary focus in this course is not religious belief, but practice: what people do and why they do it.  Additionally, we will look at how spirituality fits into the broader context of everyday human life.  In a time of religious turbulence and conflict, this course is designed to make you aware of others’ religious systems and worldviews, to encourage critical thought about religious belief and practice, and to promote an attitude of engaged religious pluralism.

Course Instructor

Dr. Sabina Magliocco is Professor of Anthropology and directs the interdisciplinary Program in the Study of Religion at UBC. She specializes in the study of modern Paganism and Wicca. Don’t hesitate to contact her with questions at sabina.magliocco@ubc.ca