The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. In addition to sharing your insights about course readings and other assignments, you are welcome to talk about your own religious or non-religious beliefs as they pertain to the course material and further the discussion, or to keep your personal beliefs and experiences private if you prefer. Identify, analyse and problematize the religious dimensions of social issues in the contemporary world. #��n\~O���v�`ntq��h��� ��ܒ�r =�]k_n/^�+x!#o(|9�~R�B�j+o��^�s��.�}z� ���9�@YLG\x(B]�L2C�D!�f#rO�&�U�{���ۻ#���)p� �B�B��g�c2��Ћ��"]�c� ��;�����Y�յ�/ mP>ߴDz�a�-0�]�^�ڛ�#W(h�q��*�Y�x��30"*�' YyUN$_A�O�X<9F�B� THIS MODULE IS RUNNING IN 2019-20 . If you do the reading and turn the questions in on time, you will get full credit. Please put the words “discussion question” in the subject of your e-mail. Religion : Anthropological approaches to the study of religion (evolutionary, psychological and functional); monotheism and polytheism; sacred and profane; myths and rituals; forms of religion in tribal and peasant Societies (animism, animatism, fetishism, naturism and totemism); religion, magic and science distinguished; magico-religious functionaries (priest, shaman, medicine man, sorcerer and witch). What should be added or changed so that it can account for those cases?”, – Comparison of concepts: “What would author A say to author B about B’s idea of X?”. The purpose of this project is to give you experience in designing and executing a long-term research project on a topic of your choice. By the end of this course, you will be able to: Expectations for participation in discussion: This course is heavily discussion-oriented because learning is both an individual and a social process. endobj Understand and articulate major themes and controversies in the anthropological study of religion. You can use laptops, tablets, or other technological devices for accessing course readings or for taking notes. Module 1: Anthropology and the Study of Religion Reading: Chapter 1: The Anthropological Study of Religion . �)�wϣ �XXC ���a-e�Ք�{s���"���z�ɜ�Ow *��lh:��(�l����Sx7.�kW�����r� Required Text: The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft by Rebecca and Philip Stein. This will be your major project for the course, and you will work on it throughout the semester. Create a free website or blog at Some examples of good types of questions are as follows: – Clarification of concepts: “I don’t understand what the author is doing with concept X. In this class we will take a humanistic approach to the study of religion, rather than a theological or ontological approach. Develop an awareness of the broad range of human phenomena that can be classified as “religious.”, Interrogate the validity of “religion” as a category of social analysis, particularly in relation to other categories such as “science” and “secularism.”. The discussion questions will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Office hours will be held in Brooks Hall, room 208. Term: WINTER 2012 Despite being rightly described as secular, the contemporary Western society manifests multiple facets of religiosity. b_�x�l���� �X�C�݌~-ڻm�f�/C���#6��;S/AW9Ӊ�á��s�9]��y��GVO��d$=�0[��W�벞�Θ�rX�z�+bg��uB� ���PxiY2��ڏ6Cd�����e��'���j�f Acquire the ability to critically engage with primary sources – textual and audio/visual – and make connections between multiple sources. K�, What is religion, and why does it exist? �=+�� �c��i�>���K�(�c�'� ��a��b _���?���X����߂�f�|���}���҇C&� �$�8�X�c?1H@9�h�2��= 1 0 obj 4 0 obj It offers an overview of forms of religious beliefs; variety of gods and supernatural forces; use of myth, ritual, religious ceremony; shamans, priests, and religious specialists.