RELI 036 - (CC, HP) Modern Gurus: Yoga and Selling SpiritualitySemester Hours: 3
This course explores the contemporary relevance of “spiritual masters,” and asks whether they are merely a means to consume spirituality or are actually revolutionary and transformative. We will attempt to situate the term “spirituality” within specific socio-political and cultural contexts that grew out of European colonialism, modernity and science, secularity, and religion. The course will encourage students to think critically and creatively by applying analytical reasoning across the writings and talks of both Eastern and Western “spiritual masters.” It will also engage students in written and oral assessments in order to develop an awareness about, and knowledge of, cultural productions from Asia and Europe through a comparative, evaluative frame.
(Formerly Modern Spiritual Masters)
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