- Code ANTH6004
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Anthropology
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
- Co-taught Course
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.
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:
- 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 and their revitalisation.
- Explain the basis of anthropological critiques of taken-for-granted categories such as "religion".
- Critically analyse religious resurgence in its local and interlocal contexts.
- Investigate religious ritual by applying practical research methods.
- Critically compare religious phenomena in diverse environments
Indicative AssessmentTutorial 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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Workload130 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.
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