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Lecture 1: Introduction to the Study of Religion
Professor Sarah Richardson
sarah.richardson@utoronto.ca
Deerfield Hall
DH3056 - Office Hours: Thursday 10:30 - 12:00 and by appointment.
Teaching Assistants
Ian Brown
ianphillip.brown@mail.utoronto.ca
Rony Kozman
rony.kozman@mail.utoronto.ca
Amelia Porter
amelia.porter@mail.utoronto.ca
What is religion and what does it mean to you? How does it influence people? Does it have
power in the world? How?
Religion, to me, is a set of beliefs and practices that are coupled with spirituality.
Spirituality, then, is part of an internal guideline of how to compose yourself and establish values
and priorities. Religion is an opportunity to learn, to find deeper connection, and to search for
purpose. Religion is closely tied to culture, thus resulting in it varying geographically and
demographically, and also from person to person. There are various religious foundations,
leading to varying religions themselves, and resulting in very unique, individual religious
experiences.
We will discuss the following themes and how they affect the world:
-Belief
-Ritual
-Rites of Passage
-Texts
-Definitions
-Culture
-Power
-Gender
-Visual Culture
Indian Goddess Image
-Visual depiction of a religion.
-Religious figures.
-Not earthly, above humanity.
-The artist has depicted each image with light.
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-Prioritizing each image in order.
-Very personal, spiritual vision put into the form of art.
-Art itself is sacred and genuine.
-The art inspires abstract thoughts, guides the eye and eventually the spirit, and connects
natural and supernatural thoughts to images.
The Lion King
-What looks “religious” here? Why?
-Singing, unity, animals of all kinds gathering together at the same spot.
-Appears to be ritualistic.
-Gathering towards the light, all gaining a sense of peace.
-Community, friendship.
-Anointing the forehead of the baby.
-Involves elders.
-Where is the power? And who has it?
-The power is centralized at the outcropping of rock, located upwards and in the
center.
-The lion(s) have the power.
-What is the activity and where is it happening?
-They are singing and celebrating the birth of a baby, holding him up so that he
can be seen.
-The other animals cheer and kneel as the light shines on the baby.
Laura Taylor
-Academic Skills Center (Library 3rd Floor).
Mark Breakdown
Lecture Participation (assessed using Tophat www.tophat.com) - 10%
https:/app.tophat.com/e/298212
Course Join Code - 298212
Tutorial Quizzes - 5%
-Based on the required readings for that week.
Tutorial Participation - 5%
Film Essay - 20%
-Use the theories of religion to analyze a modern, non-religious film.
Field Research Essay - 25%
-Attend and analyze an official service/ritual of a particular religious tradition that is not
familiar to you.
Final Exam - 35%
Exam Jam - Tuesday, December 6th.
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