2020-2021 Catalog 
    Dec 06, 2023  
2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

REL 203 - Native Religions of the World

Description: Examination of the kinds of religious experience found among native aboriginal peoples (often called "tribal" or "indigenous" peoples). Analysis of the religious traditions of both modern and archaic native peoples and the relationship of their religious experience to other forms of experience (social, economic, political, and cultural).

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: ENG 101  or ENG 103 . Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. History of the terms "native," "aboriginal," "tribal," and "indigenous" in the history of the study of religions
  2. Theories of religion as they have been applied to native cultures
  3. Analysis of several native religious traditions
  4. Effects of colonialism on native religions
  5. Native religions in the modern world 
  6. Appropriation of native religious traditions by outside groups

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Discuss theories of religion and apply them to native religious traditions. (1-3)
  2. Place religious traditions within the larger scope of their native cultures. (2,3) 
  3. Compare and contrast different native religious traditions. (3)
  4. Trace the evolution of a native tradition as it interacted with a non-native tradition. (3,4,6) 
  5.  Analyze native traditions within their contemporary environment. (5) 

Required Assessment:
1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2500 words of monitored writing.