PREREQUISITE: RELST-UA 1 OR PERMISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT.
Prerequisites: junior or senior status, RELST-UA1, and at least two other religious studies courses, or permission of the instructor. Offered every spring. 4 points. Complements and develops the methodological and theoretical emphasis encountered in Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion, albeit with a higher level of specificity and sophistication. The focus is on a specific thematic motif with cross-cultural applicability (for example, ritual, the body, sacrifice, religion and the state). Students can explore the import of the motif in question for their own area of specialization, as well as examine its manifestations in other traditions. Students are expected to make formal presentations to the class.