The Anthropology of Religion|
What do we study when we study religion? What can be observed, documented, and concluded from the anthropological study of religion? This course will introduce students to a cross-cultural, comparative perspective on religious practice and belief, and has a significant methods component. Students will be expected to do independent field research in a local religious community. Methodological exercises will be interspersed with theoretical readings that focus on religious practice and religious speech.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will develop intercultural literacy and interpretive skills by examining the religious traditions of diverse communities, by exploring the role of anthropology and religious studies as scholarly fields in producing knowledge about religious practices, and by conducting independent field research in a local religious community.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(EDST-MN)(EDST)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
S. Harding, THE BOOK OF JERRY FALWELL
V. Turner, THE RITUAL PROCESS
M. Paxson, SOLOVYOVO
J. Boddy, WOMBS AND ALIEN SPIRITS
C. Geertz, RITUAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE & THICK DESCRIPTION: TOWARD AN INTERPRETIVE THEORY OF CULTURE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Attendance and discussion of readings, a series of methodological exercises and a final research paper based on fieldwork with a local religious community.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course fulfills a "Method & Theory" requirement for the Religion department major.
|Instructor(s): Quijada,Justine Times: .M.W... 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: PAC136; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 7||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 10||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 3||SO: 0||FR: 0|
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