The main product of the seminar will be a creative piece of research, presented in the form of a paper of about 4,000 words. Students are incouraged to target this paper, in respect of both content and formatting, for a journal close to their home field. This may or may not entail actual submission of the paper for publication, depending on the quality and originality of the work. If a student is willing, the paper not otherwise submitted for publication, can be posted in the “Interpretative Research Essays” section of the Religious Experiences Resources website. The paper is due by email to the instructor prior to the beginning of the last class meeting on 12/10.
Students will produce four short reviews of books or articles for the Religious Experiences Resources website, one pertinent to each of the four sections of the course. Each review will be at least 500 words in length and formatted according to the site’s style. The length of the items reviewed should be roughly balanced among seminar participants; we will discuss what this means in detail in seminar meetings. The four reviews are due by email to the instructor, and in paper format to the class, at the beginning of the assigned class meetings, and in any case no later than the class meetings on 9/17, 10/15, 11/5, and 12/10. Students will also read all existing reviews on the site prior to the class meeting on 9/17.
Students will visit all existing links on the Religious Experiences Resources website and then generate five new links, annotated and rated according to the site’s style. The link visits, and the generation of five new links, are to be completed prior to the second class meeting on 9/10. The new links are to be submitted by email to the instructor. The seminar’s CourseInfo website will be used to avoid duplication of links.
Acquaint yourself with rules about plagiarism and follow them scrupulously. Incompletes are not given except in extraordinary circumstances; paperwork is required.
The seminar grade will be calculated as follows:
There is a CourseInfo site in support of this seminar. The site is located at courseinfo.bu.edu.
The seminar adopts a multidisciplinary approach to religious experience, which involves learning about rich literatures in several disciplines. This poses a significant problem for teaching and learning, which we will address in the following ways.
In order to constrain the seminar’s work to manageable propotions, readings in the vast literature concerning the physical and mental health effects of religious experience will not be dealt with here.
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