Theories of Alternative Spiritualities and New Religious Movements
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This course provides theoretical frameworks for deepening student knowledge and understanding
of alternative spiritual approaches through various lenses, including the insider/outsider
problem, sociological and anthropological approaches to religion. Materials covered
may include history of American spirituality, entheogens and shamanism, cults and
sects, Neopaganism and various movements that arise in popular culture and practice.
Special emphasis is placed on written and oral expression, integrative understanding,
and the relationship between religious traditions and the personal spiritual understanding/journey.
The goal of this course is to give students the necessary tools to produce academically
rigorous research projects in any area of the field. Course Number: