Ritual Theory for Liturgical Studies

REL604
Spring 2017
T 6-8pm
Area: 
Area II
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course is an introduction to the study of ritual as a universal phenomenon and a critical element of Christian worship and celebration.  We will read foundational thinkers in ritual theory (including Victor Turner, Ron Grimes, and Catherine Bell) with an eye toward pastoral application and practice.  Students will engage in site visits in order to analyze ritual components of faith communities as well as learn to examine the practices of their own congregations.

Background Expected: 

Foundations of Christian Worship

Course Requirements: 

Close reading of the assigned texts and preparation of short reading responses; active seminar participation, including leading one discussion; oral presentation; final research paper.

Basis of Evaluation: 

· Discussion leadership, reader responses, and overall class participation (40%)

· Oral presentation of research in class (20%)

· Final paper, 12-15 pages (40%)