Course Description

RELIGIOUS MYTHS & RITUALS, RLST 012

An introduction to the meanings, origins, and functions of religion; the roles of myths, rituals, and symbols; and images of transcendence. Examines religious beliefs and expressions from diverse cultural perspectives. Utilizes materials from indigenous Native (North and South) American, African American, and/or Asian American religions. Cross-listed with ETST 012. Credit is awarded for only one of ETST 012/RLST 012 or ETST 012H/RLST 012H.

Key Information

Credit: 4 quarter units / 2.67 semester units credit
UC Riverside, Religious Studies

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
General Education: AH, OL, VL, WC.

UC Irvine:
Unit Credit

UC Los Angeles:
General Education: Literary and Cultural Analysis

UC Merced:
units toward degree (see your advisor)

UC Riverside:
Major Requirement: required lower division course for Religious Studies Majors

UC San Diego:
General Education: TMC 1 course toward lower division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major; Muir: 1 course in a Humanities theme in "Philosophical Perspectives"

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
General Education: Area E - Culture and Thought, Ethnicity

UC Santa Cruz:
General Education: CC

Prerequisites

None

Course Fees

$25 for ProctorU final exam

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Course Creator

Amanda Lucia
Amanda J. Lucia is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at University of California, Riverside where she is a Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Immigration and Religion at UCR. Her research engages American religions and Hinduism by focusing on religious encounters between North Americans and South Asians since the early-19th century. Lucia’s current book project is an ethnographic study of American spirituality as it is constructed in festival environments in the United States. Her first book, Reflections of Amma: Devotees in a Global Embrace (2014) investigated transnationalism and gender in a global guru movement. After earning a BA in Religion and India Studies at Indiana University, she completed her MA and PhD in the History of Religions at the The University of Chicago. Her current interests include guru authority and sexuality, the logics of bricolagespirituality, and the politics of cultural representation. Amanda J. Lucia is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at University of California, Riverside where she is a Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Immigration and Religion at UCR. Her research engages American religions and Hinduism by focusing on religious encounters between North Americans and South Asians since the early-19 th  century. Lucia’s current book project is an ...

Amanda J. Lucia is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at University of California, Riverside where she is a Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Immigration and Religion at UCR. Her research engages American religions and Hinduism by focusing on religious encounters between North Americans and South Asians since the early-19th century. Lucia’s current book project is an ethnographic study of American spirituality as it is constructed in festival environments in the United States. Her first book, Reflections of Amma: Devotees in a Global Embrace (2014) investigated transnationalism and gender in a global guru movement. After earning a BA in Religion and India Studies at Indiana University, she completed her MA and PhD in the History of Religions at the The University of Chicago. Her current interests include guru authority and sexuality, the logics of bricolagespirituality, and the politics of cultural representation.

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