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ANT 202 - Anthropology of Religion

3 Credits

Explores anthropological data on and interpretations of human religious experience from Paleolithic times to modern satanic cults. Students are guided across a spectrum of religious behavior, Worldview, religious specialists, ritual, magic, the supernatural, and consequences of religious variability are examined in light of our need to escape culture-bound conceptions of religion.

Prerequisite: ANT 102 OR SOC 101 OR permission of instructor.

Learning Attributes: WR

SUNY General Education: SUNY-SS - Social Sciences (SSCS)

MCC General Education: MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-SCI - Scientific Reasoning (MSCI), MCC-SSD - Social Science and Diversity (MSSD)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify anthropological interpretations of various human religious experiences.
2. Define culture-bound notions about religion.
3. Investigate a spectrum of religious behaviors, worldviews, and religious practices including ritual, magic, and the supernatural.
4. Differentiate between worldwide religious practices in order to challenge culture-bound notions of religion.
5. Analyze, with an informed perspective, aspects of international global systems including one or more of the following: culture, language, economics, politics, history, environment, geography, health.
6. Describe the global interdependence of two or more of the following: people, institutions, resources and the natural world.
7. Discuss a variety of world views including attitudes, values, norms, or beliefs of other global cultures.
8. Organize and prepare written essays and research papers about the world’s living religions.

Course Offered Fall

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Fall Semester 2023
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