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James W Green
RELIG 320
Seattle Campus

Comparative Study of Death

Death analyzed from a cross-cultural perspective. Topics include funerary practices, concepts of the soul and afterlife, cultural variations in grief, cemeteries as folk art, and medical and ethical issues in comparative context. American death practices compared to those of other cultures. Offered: jointly with ANTH 322.

Class description

The course covers anthropological, comparative approaches to religion and for this quarter I am particularly interested in their application to American society and religious representations in American popular culture.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, films (ethnographic and commercial), small discussion groups.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites of any kind, despite the item that appears -- in error -- in the on-line statement that such pre-reqs exist. They don't and never have.

Class assignments and grading

Readings (3 books), class participation, a paper of about 12 pages looking at some aspect of religion in American culture from an anthropological perspective, explicitly based on outside readings and examples from American culture.

The paper, class participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Loryn R. Paxton
Date: 02/10/2000