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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - RLG6035

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-08-02
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): We request that the course be changed from 4 credits to 3 credits. This is necessary in order to prevent students from accruing too many credit hours and thus facing additional charges.
Comments: Approved by CAS; need sign. Form. Rec'd 2/4/16. to GC. Need Bud Acct #, repeatable? Teaching req. verified. LO need to be revised. Emailed 5/16/16. Updted. Not repeatable. Approved 5/20/16. to SCNS Apprd eff 8/2/16

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5276 2015-09-29
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Religious Studies AS 125900
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Cass Fisher 8139740445

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    RLG 6035 Theory and Methods in Religious Studies

    Is the course title variable? Y
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    4 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Theory and Methods in RS
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    An introduction to research methods used in Religious Studies proper and those borrowed from other disciplines.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    An introduction to the various approaches to the academic study of religion and the methodologists used by such approaches as developed both within and outside the discipline of Religious Studies .

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. Engage in critical analysis of the work of major 20th century theorists of religion with an intensive focus on their methodologies.

    2. Write multiple papers that defend specific theoretical and methodological approaches and apply them to primary religious texts.

    3. Demonstrate knowledge of the debates in which these accounts of religion are embedded.

    4. Acquire the theoretical and methodological skills to conduct research in the field of religious studies.

    C. Major Topics

    This course provides an introduction to various approaches to the academic study of religion through such fields as comparative religion, biblical studies, religious hermeneutics, phenomenology, historiography, comparative literature, sociology, anthropology, and psychology.

    D. Textbooks

    The Sacred Canopy, by Peter Berger; The Sacred and the Profane, by Mircea Eliade; Future of an Illusion, by Sigmund Freud; The Idea of the Holy, by Rudolf Otto; Classical Approaches to the Study of Religion, by Jean Jaques Waardenberg; Varieties of Religious Experience, by William James

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MA in Religious Studies

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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