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[RELI V2803] Religion 101

January 02, 2012

Anidjar, Gil
[RELI V2803] Religion 101

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

This course is not one to have expectations of, and, to his credit, Prof. Anidjar is very up front about this fact. His lectures appear to be improvised, and are usually based off of whatever questions from students he can scrounge up--promulgated usually by the 25% of your grade that comes from class participation.

The texts are exceedingly difficult and his lectures have to be reflected upon, but if you're willing to really think about them it's probably worth your time. The review sessions held before the midterm and the final by TAs were essential to understanding the course, but attendance is also important--even though at times it feels futile.

He said in one class, and it became a theme, "it is impossible to evaluate a class until five years after it ends," so perhaps this review is futile. That's kind of how the whole thing goes, anyway.

Workload:

Two papers, a midterm and a final, written in 24 hours for between 8 and ten pages. A challenge, but graded by the TAs.

December 30, 2009

Anidjar, Gil
[RELI V2803] Religion 101

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Well, for a professor that turned up in "America's 101 most dangerous professors", or whatever, I was expecting at least one psychotic episode in class, or maybe just a good solid racial slur, but got neither. What I did get however was a well instructed lecture. Here's How Professor Aninijar runs things:

First, he comes in and trys to get everyone that is in the class to get an easy A to peace out, but being incredibly boring the first two classes.

After the drop deadline, and half of the class vacated, he starts instructing. He does so by mentioning some news article or current event. This story, that is articulated very casually, is then used as an anchor exhibit for say.. Foucalt, or some other reading we are focusing on that week.

We did'nt cover a rolodex of the world religions in this class because as the class trys to communicate, the dividing done to these religions, filed away in these nice names, is a warp on religion itself.

Something to know before taking this professor's classes: He does not give a flying f*ck about what your idea of a "normal" course is, or how bad it will ruffle your feathers to do something out of the box.

Workload:

LIGHT

December 21, 2009

Anidjar, Gil
[RELI V2803] Religion 101

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

If you want to take a comparative religions class, this is not the course for you! The reading list includes some books that relate to religion and many that do not. The goal of the course is to rethink the way we consider religion and to "relinquish religion," but the majority of the class time was spent not analyzing religion or actually learning anything, but rather discussing bits and pieces of the books and then getting majorly sidetracked. Although Professor Anidjar knows his material and is a wealth of information, the course failed to actually teach anything substantial. About half the class didn't even bother coming to lecture, and I found myself often needing to drink coffee to avoid falling asleep in class.

Workload:

Easy. The syllabus outlines about fifteen books, or a book a week, but you can get by without really reading any of them. If you skim a chapter or so of a few books you'll be fine. Two papers (5-6 pages each) relating various non-religious ideas to religion.

December 10, 2009

Anidjar, Gil
[RELI V2803] Religion 101

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Although called religion 101, this course provided no information on religion in the way one would expect. We did not study Judaism, Christianity, or Buddhism, but rather spent class time having (granted entertaining) irrelevant discussions on books that no one in class read. The books cost me over 300 dollars and I read at most a chapter out of each one because it is not necessary and they were all quite long. There was no motivation to read, or even come to class for that matter since attendance was not taken-- even though it counted for a third of our grade? The discussions were very interesting, and the professor is clearly brilliant, but I didn't feel like I learned anything other than how to see religion in different ways (as sexual difference, law, ect.). Interesting in theory but a rather disappointing class in terms of taking away any kind of learning experience. One positive thing is that Gil really makes you think and often asked the class to ask questions that could not be answered; however, this does not constitute an entire course. Global core, woohoo.

Workload:

Rather light, only a take home midterm and take home final. Five-six pages on a prompt he provides in class. Consists mainly of write about what religion means without thinking about it in terms of specific religions, but rather equating religion to other entities.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
RELI / RELI RELI RELI V2803: Religion 101 Gil Anidjar 2012 Fall MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1
RELI / RELI RELI RELI V2803: Religion 101 Gil Anidjar 2012 Spring MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1
RELI / RELI RELI RELI V2803: Religion 101 Paul Weinfield 2010 Fall MW / 6:10- 7:25 PM 1
RELI / RELI RELI RELI V2803: Religion 101 Gil Anidjar 2009 Fall MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1
RELI / RELI RELI RELI V2803: Religion 101 Gil Anidjar 2009 Spring TR / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1
RELI / RELI RELI RELI V2803: Religion 101 Gil Anidjar 2008 Fall TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1