2023-2024 College Catalog 
    Oct 02, 2023  
2023-2024 College Catalog

ANT 241 - Magic, Witchcraft and Religion

Credits: 3
Lab/Lecture: Three lecture.

Anthropology of religious practices employed by both western and non-western people in dealing with adversity, misfortune, illness, life cycle rituals, and similar phenomena beyond human control.
Course Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
  1. describe the major theories regarding the origin of religion;
  2. define magic, myth, ritual, and symbol and describe their functions within the context of specific cultures;
  3. identify the major forces of religious change and innovation within various cultural contexts;
  4. explore the diversity of sickness and healing systems and the various practitioners that respond to illness;
  5. analyze religious structures in the context of social control and social harmony;
  6. explore selected culturally specific belief systems from a holistic perspective;
  7. understand the diversity and complexity of various life cycle rituals worldwide.