WesMaps - Wesleyan University Catalog 2009-2010       Summer Session       Winter Session       Home       Archive       Search
The Anthropology of Religion
RELI 395
Fall 2009
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ANTH 395

This course will introduce students to a cross-cultural, comparative perspective on religious practice and belief. The course will examine a number of religious traditions and anthropological debates while posing an underlying conceptual question: How have anthropologists used the concept of religion to explain--or perhaps, to explain away--seemingly radical forms of cultural difference? How, in other words, have the wildly diverse practices and beliefs of communities throughout the world been subsumed within the category of religion? What is gained and lost in this act of comparison and generalization?

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will develop intercultural literacy skills in three ways: first, by examining the religious traditions of diverse communities in West Africa, the United States, and elsewhere; second, by exploring the role of anthropology and religious studies, as scholarly fields, in structuring relationships among diverse communities; third and above all, by conducting independent field research in a local religious community.
Students will develop interpretive skills in two ways: first, by reading and discussing theoretical texts in the anthropology of religion; and second, by documenting and explaining the religious life of the community with which they conduct field research.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(EDST-MN)(EDST)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on OCT-03-2023
Contact wesmaps@wesleyan.edu to submit comments or suggestions. Please include a url, course title, faculty name or other page reference in your email ? Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 06459