REL 358
Religion and Law Spring 2019
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed GBST 358 / REL 358
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This course explores the concept of “law” through an investigation of the complex relationship between law, ethics, and religion. In doing so, we will look at legal theoretical texts as well as legal anthropological studies to pose critical questions about the nature of law, the functioning logic of law, the relationship between law and lived experience, and the legal construction of categories and facts. In the course, we will consider two intersections of religion and law: the particularities of religious legal traditions and the relationship between religion and secular law. Topics will include the secular legal construction of religion, the relationship between law and ethics, the nature of legal hermeneutics, and the racial, gender, and sexual politics of legal interpretation.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 3404
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: reading response, two essays, final research paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Religion majors
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 358 Division II REL 358 Division II
DPE Notes: Law is seen as both a repressive and liberatory force. In taking a critical approach to the nature of law and legal interpretation, this course prepares students to think about the language of "rule of law," "order," and "justice" as a complex relationship between law and power.

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