- Code ASIA2303
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course offers an introduction to anthropological approaches to the study of religion across this dynamic region. We explores the multiple ways that religious practice is embedded in people’s lives and guides their hopes, aspirations and actions in the world. Broadly conceived to allow for flexibility in subject areas and religious practice, the course is structured around disciplinary classics and contemporary anthropological research into diverse forms of faith practice including religious pluralism, ancestor worship, sacrifice, witchcraft, sorcery, divination, piety movements, pilgrimage and healing practices.
The course is designed to provide students with conceptual tools to appreciate diverse religious practice in comparative terms, to review and appreciate the key anthropological debates and influential works on the study of religion, and to introduce students to ethnographic approaches for researching and writing about religion and society in Asia.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Having completed this course students will be able to:
- Describe how anthropologists have approached the study of Asia;
- Critically use concepts and tools from the discipline of anthropology to develop, review, analyse and synthesise knowledge about Asia;
- Evaluate how the study of Asia has influenced the discipline of anthropology.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial participation (20%); Short essay, 1500 words (30%); Long essay, 3000 words (50%)
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Workload1 x 2 hour lecture plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
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