Faculty of Arts


ANTHRO 319

World-view and Religion


Description

This course covers some of the many anthropological approaches to “religion” and a few of the myriad aspects of the field. It is cross-cultural and historical in scope, ranging from ancient Greek myth to late twentieth-century “secular religion”, from the indigenous religions of small-scale societies to world religions, such as Christianity. Themes studied include cross-cultural approaches to meaning, belief, religious experience, ritual and myth, and issues of religion, ideology, syncretism and symbolism in social conflict and change.

By the end of the course, you should: 

  • Broadly understand a range of anthropological perspectives and theories
  • Understand religion and world-views as social and cultural phenomena 
  • Be able to place religious topics in comparative perspective
  • Recognise the relationship of religious phenomena to wider social issues
  • Be able to draw upon relevant theoretical and comparative material to analyse religious phenomena

This subject is far broader than a single course can encompass. I welcome suggestions for topics, themes or case studies.

Assessment

Coursework only

Availability 2019

Semester 1

Lecturer(s)

Coordinator(s) Dr Christine Dureau

Reading/Texts

TBA

Points

ANTHRO 319: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

ANTHRO 203 or 30 points at Stage II 

Restrictions

ANTHRO 250


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