ANTH 8 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion (3)
Credit, Degree Applicable
A cross-cultural exploration of supernatural belief systems focusing on small scale cultures; the history and methods of the anthropology of religion; the dynamics of myth, superstition, possession, trance, magic, totem, taboos, cults, and sects.
Offered Spring semesters
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Outcome 1: Describe the anthropology of religion, its primary concerns, terminology and theorists by using several ethnographic examples.
- Outcome 2: Analyze the major methodological and theoretical issues in the study of supernatural belief systems.
- Outcome 3: Evaluate the contributions of the major researchers of the anthropology of religion.
- Outcome 4: Utilize the methods of anthropological research and cultural description by attending contemporary religious rituals as participant observers.
- Outcome 5: Interpret differing beliefs of the supernatural in a relativistic manner.