• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Patrick Guinness
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course explores some fundamental questions about the role that religious institutions, practices and commitments play in shaping contemporary social, cultural and political life.

Attention to the diversity of human religious practice has been central to anthropology and remains a topic of considerable interest and continuing research.

The course will considers a variety of religious phenomena found throughout the world and the theoretical and methodological approaches anthropologists use to account for them.

Emphasis is given to the analysis of religious forms of representation, symbolic settings and social action, understanding how religious experience is perceived and interpreted by adherents, and highlighting the way in which individual and group identities are constructed, maintained and contested within religious contexts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Completion of this course will enable students to:

  • Appreciate the centrality of religion to human social life and to the theoretical ambitions of the social sciences.
  • Describe some of the enormous variability of religious phenomena.
  • Explain the basis of anthropological critiques of taken-for-granted categories such as "religion".
  • Place perspectives on the explanation of religion in the wider context of theoretical orientations in the social sciences.
Appreciate the intimacy between conceptual and empirical issues in the questions in the social sciences.

Other Information

This course may be counted towards an Anthropology or Religious Studies major.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial paper (10%), tutorial participation (15%), research essay (35%) and take-home exam (40%).

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Workload

2 hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level Anthropology (ANTH) or Sociology (SOCY) Courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH6004. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8467 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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