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18. Departments: Competencies and Curricula: The Role of Academic Departments in Shaping the Study of Religion


 
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1. Title Title of document 18. Departments: Competencies and Curricula: The Role of Academic Departments in Shaping the Study of Religion - Constructing Data in Religious Studies
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Rebekka King; Middle Tennessee State University; Canada
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) pedagogy; department; curriculum design; method and theory in the study of religion; world religions paradigm; religious literacy; competency-based learning
 
5. Subject Subject classification academic study of religion; theory of religion
 
6. Description Abstract This chapter proposes that the foundation of a university department is its curriculum. Using the recent development of the Religious Studies major at Middle Tennessee State University as a case study, it explores how a shift to competency-focused program design avoids noteworthy pitfalls related to content-based and theory/method-based models. Beginning with a brief outline of the development of religious studies departments, this chapter shows how our pedagogy and representations of the discipline should take seriously the context of our institutions and students. At Middle Tennessee State University, we have eschewed coverage models such as the world religions model or an explicitly method and theory driven model in favor of a curriculum that promotes skills sets or competencies. This curriculum centered on areas of description, analysis, and critique allows the department to organically expand in dialogue with broader social shifts within the academic study of religion, student learning needs, and the research expertise and pedagogical interests of its faculty.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 08-Oct-2019
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/34182
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.34182
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Constructing Data in Religious Studies
 
16. Language English=en En
 
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