ANTH 211

Myth, Magic, World Religions

Course Description

This course will take an anthropological perspective to the study of religions which will include indigenous religions and religions that originated in Asia, India and the Middle East. The role of contemporary religious movements in a rapidly changing world will be examined.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify the concepts, methods and theories central to anthropology of religion.
  • Illustrate examples of ethnocentric bias and solutions of cultural relativism.
  • Compare common features of religious traditions.
  • Compare insiders' and outsiders' perspectives on religious traditions.
  • Explain the varied functions of religious traditions in societies.
  • Identify archaeological evidence of religion.
  • Examine religions in indigenous societies from an anthropological perspective.
  • Examine the world religions that originated in East Asia, India and the Middle East from an anthropological perspective.
  • Identify patterns of religious change.

Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.

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