School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Anthropology of ReligionWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101688.2


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Cristina Rocha

Teaching Periods
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About this Unit
By looking at culture in a cross-cultural perspective, anthropology assists us in relativising our own values and worldview. When we understand the logic of the other, we perform a double movement: we transform the exotic into familiar and vice versa. With religion taking a centre stage in world order, the anthropological perspective can give us an understanding ‘from within’ and help us overcome prejudice and fear. In this unit we will discuss topics such as magic, witchcraft, attitudes toward the body, healing, shamanism, and spirit possession. We will also address religion in complex societies by exploring the issue of secularisation and re-enchantment of the world. Finally, we will cover the globalisation of religious practices and beliefs.


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