Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

ANTH 215: Introduction to Faith, Witchcraft and Magic

General Information

  • Name: Introduction to Faith, Witchcraft and Magic
  • Discipline: Anthropology (ANTH)
  • 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

The purpose of this class is to provide an overview to the scientific examination and comparison of world religious beliefs. Throughout the semester we will be examining 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 throughout the world, while at the same time stressing those characteristics that are shared by all human beings.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

This course is designed to meet the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Requirement by ensuring that successful students will be able to demonstrate that they:

  • Have college-level skills in reading, writing, and oral communication to a level appropriate for their degree and/or emphasis.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Are able to utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Can apply appropriate technological skills, including computer skills.
  • Understand the methods of science and the role of science in the modern world.
  • Appreciate the importance of cultural traditions, and diversity in the modern world.


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