ANTHY207-18A (HAM)

Magic, Cosmology and Religion

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Anthropology

Staff

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Convenor(s)

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: frances.douch@waikato.ac.nz

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: jillene.bydder@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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Throughout history, religion has been perhaps the most dominant force shaping human social and cultural life. It is out of religion and ritual that human groups fashion their laws, morals, art, philosophy, indeed, the cultural frameworks within which they live meaningful lives. This course is an anthropological investigation into the topic of religion and also considers the related themes of cosmology and magic. The aim of the course is two fold. Firstly, we will consider the essential characteristics of religions and cosmologies that can be found across cultures, examining the roles that they often fill in human lives. Second, we will look closely at the ethnographic expressions of these entities in particular cultural settings, with a special focus on the Pacific. As well as investigating the historical aspects of religion, the course will also focus on the place of religion in the modern, contemporary world, and will look at topics such as secularization, religious fundamentalism, as well as the renewed interest in religion within the Western world.
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Paper Structure

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The course will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and films, all of which will occur within the allotted two hour sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Students will also be required to complete readings relating to each week's topic.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Gain an understanding about the central importance of religion to human life throughout history and across the world
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  • Understand the continuing and often problematic importance of magic, witchcraft, and sorcery in shaping the attitudes and cultures throughout the Pacific and more broadly
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  • Consider the processes that lead to the secularisation of the Western world
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  • At the same time appreciate and understand the continued relevance of religion and cosmology to the Western world and globally
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Assessment

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The assessment for the course covers students' ability to discuss, present, and write about important ideas encountered within the course.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. In Class Test 1
15 Mar 2018
1:00 PM
20
  • In Class: In Tutorial
2. Essay 1
6 Apr 2018
5:00 PM
30
  • Email: Lecturer
3. In Class Test 2
17 May 2018
1:00 PM
20
  • In Class: In Tutorial
4. Essay 2
1 Jun 2018
5:00 PM
30
  • Email: Lecturer
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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All required readings will be made available through either Moodle or via the Waikato Reading Lists, a link for which will be provided on the course Moodle page.
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Online Support

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Moodle will be utilised throughout the course as will the TALIS reading list software.
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Workload

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200 hours total
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