Messing Around with Introductory Religion Courses in Canada

Authors

  • Ken Derry University of Toronto Mississauga

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/rsth.38815

Keywords:

Canada, experiential, fieldwork, food, messy, study abroad, world religions paradigm

Abstract

This is a story about the challenges and virtues of messiness for scholarship and teaching in academia generally, and Religious Studies in particular. It begins when I was first hired to teach Introduction to the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto Mississauga. It continues with a discussion of research into how introductory religion courses are taught in Canada, and reflection on that research – which includes examples of student learning from a world religions summer course I have taught in Hong Kong since 2012. It ends with a consideration of the ways in which messiness has been a key component of Michel Desjardins’ own scholarship and teaching.

Author Biography

Ken Derry, University of Toronto Mississauga

Ken Derry is Associate Professor of Religion, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His published essays consider the relationship between religion and violence in a range of creative works, including John Woo’s The Killer, contemporary Indigenous literature, The Wizard of Oz, and the Netflix series Luke Cage. Working with John Lyden he co-edited The Myth Awakens: Canon, Conservatism, and Fan Reception of Star Wars (2018).

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Published

2019-05-14

How to Cite

Derry, K. (2019). Messing Around with Introductory Religion Courses in Canada. Religious Studies and Theology, 38(1-2), 141-169. https://doi.org/10.1558/rsth.38815