This course introduces the ways in which anthropologists examine religious belief systems and their associated ritual practices in human society across a variety of cultures. This class may be taught face-to-face, as a hybrid course, or as a fully online course (Spring 2017 will be hybrid). Either way, this course, like 105W fulfills the upper division GE Writing Requirement. The form of instruction may include lectures and class discussions of selected readings, film presentations, online discussion forum postings, and possibly an occasional guest speaker. A second focus of this course is aimed toward assisting students with developing college level writing skills and techniques. Therefore, students will be required to write papers of varying lengths and types, in and out of class, throughout the semester.
This is the preliminary version of the syllabus. Check, in class, to see if there has been an update.
In addition to the text and additional books, this class relies on a number of articles. All of these are listed (with links), below. Additionally, I have posted a number of pdf files prepared by my colleague Charles Ettner Ph.D. (from whom I actually took this class, years ago). These include examples and standards to which you will conform when writing for this class. You should be familiar with each of these, and between the discussion boards (where you can ask each other questions about these issues) and these files, many of your basic questions will be answered.
Anthropology of Religion
Studying Religion Anthropologically (Eller)
Global Rise of Secular Nationalism (Juergensmeyer)
Female Circumcision (Gordon)
Non-Overlapping Magisteria (Gould)
Darwin's Rib (Root-Bernstein)
Fadiman PreRead Guide
Observation Assignment Guide
Chicago Style Guide: You will be required to use this format for citations in this, and all anthropology classes. For all assignments in my classes you are required to cite every source you use (quoted, paraphrased, referenced, or based upon). You MUST use Chicago inline Citation format in your papers. I require all written assignments to include a Works Cited page -- not a Bibliography or Reference page. If you do not know the difference, be sure to ask in class.
Any paper not including inline citations will receive a zero (0). Any paper not including a properly formatted Works Cited page will receive a zero (0).
Both the online and face-to-face version of this class use several films. Here is the current list of films accessible online.
Not All Religions Are the Same (PBS)
Between Two Worlds: Hmong Shaman in America Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. (Be sure to watch all 3 parts)
Holy Ghost People
Game Theory: Is Final Fantasy Anti-Religous
Haiti Voodoo: Physical Manifestations of the Spirit
Hatian Voodoo (National Geographic)
Here are note sheet for most of my lectures for this class
Magic Science & Religion
Fieldwork & Ethnographic Method
Human Diversity and Race
The Beeb have produced an incredible audio series on the history of Anthropology. Each audio is 15 minutes long and brutally honest and wonderful. Please check it out.