Cults & Alt Religions Seminar

SLN #: 26287
Course Prefix: LAW-737
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 3/4
Instructor(s): Demaine

Course Description:
This seminar provides students an opportunity to study laws and policies governing cults and alternative religions. While the definition of a “cult” will be a topic of initial study in the seminar, it may be conceived of loosely as a group with a charismatic leader whose members are persuaded to relinquish their self-identities and material possessions in furtherance of the group’s goals. In addition to analyzing the definition of a “cult,” the first part of the seminar will be devoted to discussing the various types of cults, studying particular cults, and learning about cultic activities. The remainder of the seminar will cover domestic and foreign legal and policy issues generated by cults, including the legal rights of cultic organizations, anti-cult organizations, cult members, and cult members’ families. To the degree that religious movements falling outside the mainstream, coventional religions are conceptually similar to cults or treated similarly under the law, they also will be covered. Only students fulfilling their Graduation Writing Requirement in the seminar are eligible to receive four credit hours; all others are eligible to receive three credit hours. There are a limited number of opportunities for students to register for this seminar even though the class is full. If you would like to take the seminar but are unable to register for it, please send me a short note to explain why you are interested in the class.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 3/4
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: Weekly
Graduation Writing Requirement: Yes*
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes*
Skills Requirement: No
Note: Only one of the above listed requirements can be fulfilled with this course.
Experiential Learning: No
Final Exam Given: No
Mid Term or Other Exam: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Yes
Participation Points: Yes
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Yes