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DIVINITY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES

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RS 3012 / RS 3512
SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGIONS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Ms A Finger

Pre-requisite(s): Available to students at level 3. Students of non-DRS subjects are required to get permission from the course co-ordinator prior to admission.

Note(s): This course will be available as RS 3512 in 2012/13.

This course closely analyses the methodologies and theories developed by social anthropologists for studying religion and how those have influenced how we think about religion in the modern day. It particularly focuses on questions of embodiment, ritual, theodicy, magic and witchcraft, sex/gender/sexual orientation, and pilgrimage and material culture, but also offers a chance to explore other related topics through fieldwork.

1 two-hour lectures or seminars per week.

1st Attempt: One writing assignment (1,000 words) on a theoretical topic (20%), one writing assignment (1,000 words) 'from the field' (20%), one 30-minute group presentation (10%, using Powerpoint) on the fieldwork project, one 2,500 word essay (50%) as a research report.

Resit: 1 two-hour examination (100%). Admission to the examination depends on the submission of all coursework and each item's assessment at CAS6 or above.