1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Custom Sections
  14. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  15. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  16. Severe Weather Protocol
  17. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  18. Religious Observances
  19. UAct Statement

Religion in Popular Culture

REL 360-320Spring 2017 | 1 Credit Hours

Independent Study-Self Paced

Matt Bagger

Contact Information

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Prerequisites

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Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

Supervised research of the student's choice. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours for differing topics. Speak with the professor before registering.

This one credit hour course requires students to attend four films along with the Aronov Lecture, and then to write a small number of brief commentaries and blog posts on them.

Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:
  • NONE / NO TEXT REQUIRED (Required)
  • NONE / NO TEXT REQUIRED (Required)

Course Objectives

1)       Students will bring the tools of scholarly criticism to the products of popular culture.

2)       Students will write in a form appropriate to an emerging genre.

Student Learning Outcomes

1)       Students will bring the tools of scholarly criticism to the products of popular culture.

2)       Students will write in a form appropriate to an emerging genre.

Other Course Materials

 Any readings will be distributed in advance and/or posted on Blackboard.

Outline of Topics

Course Meetings

1)       January 24 (6-9:00 PM), 203 Garland Hall:                 

O Brother Where Art Thou (Coen Brothers, 2000)—Discussion leader: Prof. Touna

 

2)       February 7 (6-9:00 PM), 235 203 Garland Hall:

                                12 Monkeys (Gilliam, 1995)—Discussion leader: Prof Trost      

                                                Reading: TBA

 

3)       March 7 (6-9:00 PM), 203 Garland Hall:

The Gods Must Be Crazy (Uys, 1984)—Discussion leader: Prof. Bagger

                Reading: Chidester, Savage Systems, pp. 74-87

 

4)       March 21 (7:00 PM), 3104 Ferguson Center:                               

Aranov Lecture: “Objects Out of Place”—Speaker: Prof. Laura Levitt (Temple)

                Reading: TBA

 

5)       April 11 (6-9:00 PM), 203 Garland:

In Leila’s Room (Ikeuchi, 2016)—Discussion leader: Prof. Ikeuchi

Reading: TBA

Exams and Assignments

Course Meetings

1)       January 24 (6-9:00 PM), 203 Garland Hall:                 

O Brother Where Art Thou (Coen Brothers, 2000)—Discussion leader: Prof. Touna

 

2)       February 7 (6-9:00 PM), 235 203 Garland Hall:

                                12 Monkeys (Gilliam, 1995)—Discussion leader: Prof Trost      

                                                Reading: TBA

 

3)       March 7 (6-9:00 PM), 203 Garland Hall:

The Gods Must Be Crazy (Uys, 1984)—Discussion leader: Prof. Bagger

                Reading: Chidester, Savage Systems, pp. 74-87

 

4)       March 21 (7:00 PM), 3104 Ferguson Center:                               

Aronov Lecture: “Objects Out of Place”—Speaker: Prof. Laura Levitt (Temple)

                Reading: TBA

 

5)       April 11 (6-9:00 PM), 203 Garland:

In Leila’s Room (Ikeuchi, 2016)—Discussion leader: Prof. Ikeuchi

Reading: TBA

Grading Policy

—      Attendance at one public lecture and four films--assigned readings may accompany these events (10%).

—      Informed participation in discussions following the lecture and films (20%).

—      Brief written commentaries on the lecture and films, due one week after screening (20%). 

—      In consultation with the appropriate faculty, students will revise one of their commentaries as an approximately 300-800 word post on the department blog.  Submissions should include a brief bio as an attachment and an image appropriate to the topic as an attachment (50%).

Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework

Attendance at one public lecture and four films--assigned readings may accompany these events.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is required.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Code of Academic Conduct provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

The UAct website provides an overview of The University's expectations regarding respect and civility.