and Folk Religion
Instructor: Chris Henley
Instructor Contact: Telephone: (760) 744-1150 x 5028 (7/24 voicemail)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Office hours: Half hour before class and/or after class or by appointment.
Class Meets: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:20 PM, Main Campus Room BE – 1
Text: Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion, An Anthropological Study of the Supernatural 5th Edition
Arthur C. Lehmann and James E. Myers
Anthropological view of the relationships between magic and folk religion as expressed in rituals, myths, and art will be explored through a survey of selected systems of belief in the supernatural found the around the world.
The student will:
· examine the nature of non-Western supernatural belief systems.
· describe and identify the significance of specific customs, rites, values, and attitudes of non-Western peoples.
· survey and note the differences and similarities between magic and religion.
compare the Western cultural
worldview with that of non-Western cultures in order to ascertain common
principles used in human problem solving through belief in the supernatural.
On time attendance at every class is required, and expected.
Students are responsible for knowing class meeting dates and times. Students
are responsible for knowing and acting upon drop dates and other applicable
deadlines. Students who miss more than two consecutive class meetings may be
subject to an instructor-initiated drop for non-attendance. An Incomplete
course grade will not be automatically given. Student must initiate and
request the Incomplete grade in writing. Students failing to
withdraw who do not make arrangements for an Incomplete grade will receive the
To receive a course grade all students must complete
all required course work. Minimally, this will require class participation,
participation in a class project, and completion of three exams. Exams are
scheduled after each course segment and will cover topics presented in that
segment. Exams may be a combination of subjective and/or essay style
questions. Students are expected to take all exams on date scheduled, unless prior
arrangements have been made with the instructor; permission will be considered
on a case-by-case basis. Exams 1 & 2 only may be made-up by arrangement
with instructor; Please do not request to take exam #3 prior to the scheduled
Exam and final course grades will be determined by percentage method. The total number of available points from participation, project and each exam will be totaled. To earn a letter grade the total score must reflect the required percentage. The minimum percentage required is as follows: A = 90%, B = 80%, C = 70%, D = 60%, 59% and below is failing.
Any student found to be actively or passively engaged in cheating
or any other form of academic dishonesty will be subject to a failing grade
for the course and any other academic discipline as deemed appropriate by the
Academic Accommodations: It is recommended that students with disabilities discuss academic accommodations with the instructor during the first two weeks of the class. An alternate format of this syllabus and handouts may be available upon request. Alternate format refers to the translation of print into a format that a person with a disability can comprehend, e.g. tape, e-text or Braille for blind or visually impaired.
Schedule of Topics:
1 through 6 (August 27 through October 1)
Reading: Chapters 1, 2, 3,
· Introduction to Anthropology and the study of human religion
· Basic concepts of the supernatural, Scientific study of supernatural beliefs
· The supernatural in early human cultures
· Shamans, Priests, and Prophets
· Altered States of Consciousness
· Rituals and Festivals
Exam 1: October 8, 2003
7 through 12 (October 15 through November 12)
Chapters 5, 6, 7, & 8
· Supernatural beings, Animism and ancestral spirits, Deities
· Wizardry, illness and healing
· Power of the Dead
Exam 2: November 12,
13 through 17 (November 19 through December 17)
Reading: Chapters 9 & 10
· Religion and Science, Sacred and Profane dichotomy
· Religion in societies undergoing change, New cults and revitalization movements
· Class Projects/Presentations: Studies selected from: Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Americas
Exam 3: December17
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