"Elements of Religion"

Team Activities

Writing Assignments

> Source Analysis

> Site Observation

> Observation Report

Extra Credit


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Source Analyses

At the end of each unit for which you are NOT writing an Observation Report, you must submit an analysis of one of the additional sources listed for that unit of the course, accessed via the links on the left side of each page. Some are (A) available in recommended books (available at the bookstore); others are (B/C) on reserve at the library & posted also on SacCT or (C) at the library media center. NOTE: half a dozen student Source Analyses will be assigned as readings for the final TRA and application exercise.

Site Observation

Site visits and interviews are designed to get you to experience first hand the people and behaviors linked to the Indian traditions studied in the course. On the course content page in SacCT, you will sign up for one of the celebrations featured in this course, held at a particular locat worship site; you will then then visit the site at the scheduled time, observe participants, and interview one of them to get a sense of what they are thinking. This experience will serve as the foundation for the observation report.

Observation Report

The observation report describes your observations and one interview among members of a local Hindu community during one of the annual celebrations, recorded at a local worship site, and relates these to the observations of other ethnographers who have observed the same celebration in India. You write as if you were articulating your thoughts not just for your own reflection for the professor to assess, but also to provide explanations for a peer (vs. a specialist) who is unfamiliar with the topic. NOTE: half a dozen student Observation Reports will be assigned as readings for the final TRA and application exercise.

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