James W Green
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.
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.
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.