FF:RLA67 Theories in Religion II - Course Information
RLA67 Current Theories in the Study of Religions IIFaculty of Arts
- Extent and Intensity
- 1/1. 5 credit(s) (plus 1 credit for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
- Mgr. Aleš Chalupa, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Tomáš Hampejs (lecturer)
Mgr. Vojtěch Kaše (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Radek Kundt, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. David Zbíral, Ph.D. (lecturer)
- doc. PhDr. David Zbíral, Ph.D.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Šárka Londa Vondráčková
Supplier department: Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
- Wed 15:50–17:25 U25
- The course is primarily intended for students of the MA Study of Religions. Due to the fact that the wider discussion of contemporary theories of religion takes place prevalently in English, the knowledge of English is a necessary prerequisite for successful completion of the course.
- Course Enrolment Limitations
- The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 3/30, only registered: 0/30
- Fields of study the course is directly associated with
- Course objectives
- The course introduces in some of the current theories within the Study of Religions that substantially contribute to the theoretical and methodological improvement of the Study of Religions, theories that drew attention to the new, until recently very often completely neglected, aspects of research into religion. Individual lectures and seminars cover wide range of topics currently discussed in the Study of Religions, from reasoning about the general theory of the Study of Religions up to new cognitive and evolutionary approaches or formal modelling in the study of religion.
- Learning outcomes
- After competing the course, students will be able to:
- demonstrate the understanding of selected theories in the contemporary study of religions;
- analyse selected theories in the contemporary study of religions;
- evaluate strong and weak points of current theories in the study of religions;
- practically apply some of these current theories to the study of a particular religious phenomenon or religious tradition.
- Introduction to the course
- Religion and Social Brain (Robin Dunbar)
- Culture, Religion and Genetic Evolution (Cochran and Harpending)
- The Beginnings of Human Religiosity: "Deep History and the Brain" and "Mind in the Cave" (Daniel L. Smail and David Lewis-Williams)
- Transmission of Religious Ideas (Pascal Boyer and Harvey Whitehouse)
- Ritualized behaviour and hazard precaution system (Pascal Boyer and Pierre Liénard)
- Big Gods (Ara Norenzayan)
- CREDs - Credibility Enhancing Displays and religion (Joseph Henrich)
- Computational Modeling in the Social Sciences
- Cliodynamics (Peter Turchin)
- Student Presentations of Seminar Projects
- required literature
- LANG, Martin, Jan KRÁTKÝ, John SHAVER, Danijela JEROTIJEVIĆ and Dimitrios XYGALATAS. Effects of Anxiety on Spontaneous Ritualized Behavior. Current Biology, London: Elsevier Science, 2015, vol. 25, No 14, p. 1892-1897. ISSN 0960-9822. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.05.049. URL info
- NORENZAYAN, Ara. Big gods : how religion transformed cooperation and conflict. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013. xiii, 248. ISBN 9780691151212. info
- TURCHIN, Peter. War and peace and war : the life cycles of imperial nations. New York: Pi Press, 2006. viii, 405. ISBN 0131499963. info
- recommended literature
- Contemporary theories of religion : a critical companion. Edited by Michael Stausberg. First published. London: Routledge, 2009. x, 309. ISBN 9780415463461. info
- Teaching methods
- Lectures, class discussions, and student presentations of the topic of their seminar projects.
- Assessment methods
- Conditions of completion:
- Active participation in seminar discussions;
- Home preparation (reading of obligatory texts concerning topic of individual lectures and seminars);
- Timely submission of six commentaries on the readings;
- Presentation of the topic of a seminar paper at the seminar in the form of a poster;
- Timely submission of a seminar paper and its defense during an oral exam.
- Language of instruction
- Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
- Study Materials
Information on completion of the course: Studenti religionistiky povinně ukončují zkouškou.
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Zápis mimo religionistiku ja podmíněn souhlasem vyučujících.