Research and Writing for Pagan Scholarship

Francesca Ciancimino Howell, Ph.D.

Francesca Ciancimino Howell, Ph.D.

In order to succeed at graduate-level work, students must be able to effectively analyze texts, make rational arguments about them using textual and other evidence, differentiate between personal and academic voice, use proper citation practices, and be familiar with academic standards of evidence. Students will gain an introduction to Pagan Studies, and questions confronting that field, and will learn tools for conducting research. Additionally, the course covers conventions of academic essay-writing and prepares students to engage in a mature and sophisticated fashion with theological and religious studies texts which will guide them in a research project ending with a final paper. T5940

Instructor: Francesca C. Howell

Class meetings: Wednesdays, 8 pm ET

Required reading:

Blain, J., Ezzy, D., Harvey, G. eds.. 2004. Researching Paganisms. Alta Mira Press.

Booth, Wayne C. , Gregory G. Colomb and Joseph M. Williams, eds. 2008. The Craft of Research. Third Edition, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Crider, Scott F.. 2005. The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for the Academic Essay. Wilmington, DEL: Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Magliocco. Sabina. 2004. Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.

Fulfills: This course is a requirement for all MDiv students in TRH and MAL.

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