Course Description :
Pilgrimage is one of the most important aspects of religious life; indeed, in a very real sense, life itself can considered to be a pilgrimage. This course explores the dynamics of pilgrimage across several different religious traditions. The heart of this course will be a close look at several key pilgrimage sites and the actual pilgrims who visit these sites; we will thus approach pilgrimage from a number of different angles (theoretical, doctrinal, ritual, social) and we will utilize a variety of sources (including classical, ethnographic studies of actual pilgrimages, and focused studies of particular pilgrimage places) with the goal of gaining a thorough understanding of the phenomena of pilgrimage in all of its complexity.
Course Goals :
Course Objectives :
Grades will be based on: 1. One optional essay of approximately 1500 words (25%, or 0%); 2. Active participation in all aspects of the course (75%, or 100%), including timely, thoughtful postings and participation during Gathering Days. Participation Grades will be based on the quality and consistency of your posts; this includes both your initial substantive post, and your responses to your peers.
By the end of Week Eight, you will submit a 1000 word (maximum) Evaluation of your postings for the course, along with the grade you believe you deserve. Although I will reserve the final decision in this matter, I will very heavily weigh your own evaluation of your written participation in the course in assigning you a final grade.
Incompletes and Pass/Fail are not offered for this course
Books: Conrad Rudolph, Pilgrimage to the End of the World: The Road to Santiago de Compostela (Chicago)
Additional readings will be made available by the instructor.
|Jun 15, 2020||Mon||Week One: Introductions||due by 05:59AM|
|Jun 18, 2020||Thu||Week Two: The Phenomenon of Pilgrimage||due by 05:59AM|
|Jun 25, 2020||Thu||Week Three: The Concept of Tirtha in India||due by 05:59AM|
|Jul 02, 2020||Thu||Week Four: On Pilgrimage in India||due by 05:59AM|
|Jul 09, 2020||Thu||Weeks Five: Varieties of Buddhist Pilgrimage||due by 05:59AM|
|Jul 16, 2020||Thu||Week Six: Pilgrimage in a Secular Context||due by 05:59AM|
|Jul 23, 2020||Thu||Week Seven: Pilgrimage, Exile, and Ritual Space||due by 05:59AM|
|Jul 30, 2020||Thu||Week Eight: Pilgrimage and the Spread of Christianity||due by 05:59AM|
|Aug 06, 2020||Thu||Week Nine: A Personal Christian Pilgrimage||due by 05:59AM|
|Aug 13, 2020||Thu||Week Ten: Mecca as Ideal and Reality||due by 05:59AM|