Religion In Different Social And Geopolitical Contexts - Anthropological Perspectives

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Religion In Different Social And Geopolitical Contexts - Anthropological Perspectives

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Theology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    Religion In Different Social And Geopolitical Contexts - Anthropological Perspectives
    Module code: 5AAT2014
    Semester: Semester 2 (spring)
    Module description:
    This module explores ethnographic literature and theory on familiar topics in the anthropology of religion. It highlights the importance of ethnographic research and the relevance of case studies. Students will become familiar with the main anthropological interpretations of symbolism, rites of passage such as initiations and death rituals, and the different ways that people relate to ancestors, spirits, gods and ghosts. The module encourages students to think in cross-cultural terms about such diverse topics as the links between childhood and the spirit world, shamanism and spirit possession, and pilgrimage and world renunciation. Questions such as how persons are made through religious experience, why certain objects are revered, and why persons take long arduous journeys to reach the sacred literally and metaphorically are explored.
    Sample Topics
    Ritual and the Life Course
    Ancestors, Ghosts, Spirits, and Gods
    The Making of Persons
    Childhood, Learning, Youth and the Spirit World
    Shamanism and Spirit Possession
    Postcolonialism in Religious Experience
    Pilgrimage and World Renouncers
    Memory and Commemoration
    Study abroad entry requirement: None
    Credit level: 5
    Credit value: 15
    Teaching pattern: A one hour weekly lecture and a one hour weekly seminar over ten weeks.
    Assessment: written examination/s; coursework;
    One 2,000-word essay (40%) and one 2-hour unseen written examination (60%) in May/June (Period II).

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