• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies

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 in anthropology and development studies. The course will consider a variety of religious phenomena found throughout the world and the theoretical and methodological approaches that anthropologists use to account for them. It will particularly focus on religious resurgence not only in the world religions but in countless local religious expressions. 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:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Appreciate the centrality of religion to human social life and to the theoretical ambitions of the social sciences.
  2. Describe some of the enormous variability of religious phenomena and their revitalisation.
  3. Explain the basis of anthropological critiques of taken-for-granted categories such as "religion".
  4. Critically analyse religious resurgence in its local and interlocal contexts.
  5. Investigate religious ritual by applying practical research methods.
  6. Critically compare religious phenomena in diverse environments

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial  participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-6]
Research essay, 3000 words (35%) [Learning Outcomes 1-6]
Ethnographic field report, 3000 words (40%) [Learning Outcome 5]
On-line forum postings (15%) [Learning Outcomes 1-6]
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH2004.

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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5557 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A
6150 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 Online N/A

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