RELI 045 - (HP) “Cults”: Law, Media, MemorySemester Hours: 3
This course will explore those controversial religions that we call “cults.” How and why do such alternative religious groups emerge? Why do people join – and stay? What role does the media play in stigmatizing emergent religions? What are the implications of these groups for law and public policy? Possible topics include: Scientology, Jonestown, New Age religions, the occult, Rastafarianism, Hindu gurus, Heaven’s Gate, utopian communes, Waco and the Oklahoma City bombing, and the sacramental use of peyote in the Native American Church.
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