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University of the South - Sewanee



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Easter Semester—2022
May 20, 2022
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RELG 235 - Cult Controversies: Race, Gender, and Sex in America's 'Alternative' Religions
Introduces and explores new religious movements, sectarian spin-offs, and alternative communities in the U.S. that have tested the parameters of acceptable "religion" at different moments in history. Particular attention is given to intersectional dynamics. The class questions the politics and practices of labeling, especially the language of "cults," and centers on specific historical case studies in order to illustrate and analyze major theoretical and methodological challenges in and for the study of religion(s). It considers what draws people to create and join new religious movements, the distinctive worlds such groups endeavor to build, and the controversies that have historically attended them.
4.000 Credit hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Final Examination, Lecture/Seminar

Humanities, Non-Languages Division
Religious Studies Department

Course Attributes:
American Studies, G4, G7, Women's and Gender Studies

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