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On Teaching ReligionEssays by Jonathan Z. Smith$
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Christopher I. Lehrich

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199944293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.001.0001

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Here and Now

Here and Now

Prospects for Graduate Education

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(p.37) 4 Here and Now
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On Teaching Religion
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Jonathan Z. Smith

Christopher I. Lehrich

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.003.0005

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's account on graduate education. He discusses the teleology of graduate studies: the dissertation and the teaching. He cites the lack of a graceful middle range in the graduate curriculum, i.e. what is offered between a student's first course and the moment when he or she has fulfilled all course requirements. Smith then addresses the particular matter of religious studies at the graduate level. He presents two arguments. First, that the debates over the nature of the academic study of religion have rarely been substantive; they have been largely political and tactical. Second, that the graduate study of religion was preceded, in the typical student's career, by a course of postbaccalaureate professional study within a theological faculty.

Keywords:   Jonathan Z. Smith, dissertation, teaching, graduate education, graduate curriculum, religious studies, study of religion

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