James W Green
Anthropological approaches to religious experience and belief with emphasis on conceptual issues such as ritual, symbolism, identify, ecstatic experience, and revitalization movements in the context of globalization. Also addresses the diversity of religious expression in American culture and how that compares with other societies. Offered: jointly with ANTH 321.
Anthropological theories of religion are examined in the context of case studies. Cases represent expressions of religion in American as well as other cultures. The goal is an understanding of religious variability and how anthropologists interpret that, in our own society as well as in others. Contemporary religious movements are usually featured in the cases. > > > > > > >
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
> Lectures, films and discussion. Students are expected to bring their own religious perspective to consideration of ethnographic materials. A paper is normally required, usually one relating personal experience to the cases and theories discussed.
Class assignments and grading
A course paper that includes relating the student's experience to the cases and theories discussed.