Mark V Calogero
B CUSP 189
Introduces the concepts of ritual, myth, symbols, and the construction of meaning in fields such as psychology, anthropology, performance studies, theater, and religions studies, focusing on the formation of rituals and their functions in different social contexts. Offered: WSp.
Students will learn how ritual governs our everyday life, how it is connected with myth through history (in particular, the history of one Seattle neighborhood), and how symbol as filtered by culture influences our constructions of meaning both cognitively--through human thinking processes--and socially.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
mostly, lecture discussion, though I hope to incorporate some elements that would have students experience the rituals of a neighborhood or a community.
To have read the common book, to have taken a first quarter B-CUSP course.
Class assignments and grading
short, individual writing assignments culminating in a more lengthy paper at quarter's end. A small-group project culminating in an oral-presentation is likely.
written responses and mid-term evaluation.