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ANTH-215: Introduction to Faith, Witchcraft and Magic

General Information

  • Name: Introduction to Faith, Witchcraft and Magic
  • Discipline: Anthropology
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Introduces students to the anthropological study of religion as a human institution. Examines the history, methods, and current status of the field.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated they can:

  • Exhibit factual knowledge of a broad range of cultural beliefs in the world. (GE 1).
  • Examine cultural change through the lens of ethnographic and ethnologic research. (GE 4).
  • Describe diverse positions on selected cultural values or practices (GE 5).
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural diversity through an examination of cultural interaction from selected areas of the world (GE 5).
  • Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking through substantially error-free prose suitable to the purpose of relating selected anthropological topics to personal experience and knowledge (GE 2, 6).

This class provides an overview to the scientific examination and comparison of world religious beliefs. It examines the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and research methods of cultural anthropology. A major goal of the course is to provide an awareness of the wide spectrum of cultural and social variation in faith and belief throughout the world.

The class includes lectures, discussions, ethnographic films, and student presentations. Students will exercise academic skills in reading, writing, research, critical thinking, and oral communication.

Scheduled ANTH-215 classes:

Fall 2016