When people call themselves “spiritual,” what does that mean? This introductory course answers that question by exploring the wide range of ideas, practices, and desires that have come
to make up the concept of spirituality. Inviting students to consider why spirituality seems “not religious,” this course examines such phenomena as yoga, faith healing, hip hop, shopping, self-help books, psychology, surveys, and protest movements. By studying these sites of spirituality, this course will enable students to recognize how Americans have made sense of their own lives and institutional attachments through continually changing technologies of race, pluralism, science, capitalism, and secularism.
This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.
Private College or University Institution Type
Syllabus Resource Type
Intro, Undergraduate Course Class Type
2017 Date Published
Religious Studies Discipline
General Comparative Traditions, New Religious Movements Religous Tradition
Business/Capitalism/Labor, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity, Science/Technology/Environment Topics