BSocSc Social Anthropology
Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
Anthropology of Religion
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The Anthropology of Religon.
Classification and categorisation: sacred and profane; ritual and ordinary action; transformation; magic and religion; the human and the divine.
Religious knowledge and experience.
Debates in the anthropology of religion.
- To introduce students to the main anthropological approaches to the analysis of religion.
- To work with key anthropological texts on the topic of religion.
- To explore religion in light of economics, politics and kinship.
On completion of this course, successful students will be equipped with sufficient knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and engage with debates and literature in the anthropology of religion.
- Explore the place of religious practice and belief in social life.
- Undertake comparative analysis of 'religious' phenomena, knowledge and practice.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and Weekly Tutorials/Films
Students will be expected to do two formative writing exercises.
4000 word Final Essay - 100%
Orsi, R A (ed) 2012
The Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies
Cambridge University Press: Cambridge
Lambek, Michael (ed.) 2002
A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion
Morris, B 2006
Religion and Anthropology: A Critical Introduction
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Eller, Jack 2007
Introducing the Anthropology of Religion
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|Anthony Simpson||Unit coordinator|
Length of course: 12 weeks