Religion in Los Angeles

This course is an introduction to the varieties of religious experience, tradition, and community in the Greater Los Angeles area, providing a deeper understanding of the many ways that the “sacred” is made manifest and experienced in this urban environment. The major anthropological, historical, psychological, and sociological approaches in the study to religion will be introduced as theoretical frameworks for assessing and understanding the religious diversity of Los Angeles. Special attention will be placed on the role(s) of ethnicity, gender, nationality, and race in the formation and shaping of the religious landscape.