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BASS Politics and Sociology / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Anthropology of Religion
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The Anthropology of Religion.
Religious knowledge and experience.
The making of religious subjects
The practice of religion
Debates in the anthropology of religion.
- To introduce students to the main anthropological approaches to the analysis of religion.
- To work with key anthropological texts on the topic of religion.
- To explore the production of religious subjects and subjectivities.
On completion of this course, successful students will be equipped with sufficient knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and engage with debates and literature in the anthropology of religion.
- Explore the place of religious practice and belief in social life.
- Undertake comparative analysis of ’religious’ phenomena, knowledge and practice.
- Engage critically with the ways in which religious subjects and subjectivities are produced and matter/are made to matter.
Teaching and learning methods
20% mid-term assessment (voice/presentation based)
80% assessed essay at end of semester: 3000 words
Feedback will be available on Blackboard.
These are general and introductory texts, which provide a good overview of the field:
Orsi, R A (ed). 2012. The Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge
Lambek, Michael (ed.). 2002. A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion. Oxford: Blackwell
Morris, B. 2006. Religion and Anthropology: A Critical Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Eller, Jack. 2007. Introducing the Anthropology of Religion. London: Routledge
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|Soumhya Venkatesan||Unit coordinator|
Length of course: 12 weeks