Religion In Different Social And Geopolitical Contexts - Anthropological Perspectives
King's College London
Area of Study
Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Theology
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units1
Hours & Credits
OverviewReligion In Different Social And Geopolitical Contexts - Anthropological PerspectivesModule code: 5AAT2014Semester: 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 TopicsRitual and the Life CourseAncestors, Ghosts, Spirits, and GodsThe Making of PersonsChildhood, Learning, Youth and the Spirit WorldShamanism and Spirit PossessionPostcolonialism in Religious ExperiencePilgrimage and World RenouncersMemory and Commemorationhttp://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/trs/modules/level5/5aat2014.aspxStudy abroad entry requirement: NoneCredit level: 5Credit value: 15Teaching 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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