Welcome to the REL 501 blog. This course is one of the foundation courses for the MA in Religion in Culture in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. REL 501 focuses on a range of social theories that address topics from the Self and the Other to culture, history, and religion. We approach theorists such as Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, Gayatri Spivak, and Roland Barthes and discuss how their ideas apply to a range of data in different aspects of societies. The posts on this blog present aspects of these social theories, using various everyday examples to illustrate and dissect these approaches to discourse about the world. Follow the links above to learn about the contributors or to see the syllabus for the course.