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Course Description

Anthropology - ANTH 211

Myth, Magic, World Religions (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

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.)

  • None.


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

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2018; ANTHROPOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/27/2018

 211141009Myth Magic Wld Rel 3Roney-Hays S$12.0026/31/0OpenM W  10:00 AM-11:20 AM LA140
 211142374Myth Magic Wld RelOnline3Worden J$12.0015/31/0Open 

Spring; 2018; ANTHROPOLOGY; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 05/07/2018

 211121021Myth Magic Wld Rel 3Roney-Hays S$12.0017/31/0OpenM W  09:00 AM-12:10 PM LA140
 211122374Myth Magic Wld RelOnline3Jenzen C$12.009/31/0Open 

Summer; 2018; ANTHROPOLOGY; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 07/02/2018

 211132907Myth Magic Wld RelOnline3Worden J$12.0017/31/0Open