Undergraduate Course: Ritual and Religion (SCAN10023)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course will look at anthropological contributions to the understanding of ritual and religion, starting and ending with moments of especially acute reflection on the place of religion in the contemporary world. Our starting point will be that moment in the late 19th and early 20th century when classic theorists (especially Weber and Durkheim) pondered the place of religion in an age of scientific challenge, and we shall explore contemporary arguments about the boundaries between religion, power, and politics. We will also investigate the intersection of religion and ritual with a range of topics (gender, material culture, the body and cognition).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Anthropology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One exam (60%), assessed coursework (30%) + Tutorial participation (10%)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Through class assignments and tutorial projects that foster a critical appreciation of the anthropology of religion and ritual. Students should have:
- An awareness of the developmental history of the 'the science of religion', from the 19th century to the present.
- A clear overview of the main theories of ritual action and religious commitment.
- The ability to reflect on the possible application of these theories to different ethnographic problems.
- Stronger appreciation for the range of social phenomena that can be understood using cross-cultural approaches to the study of religion.
|Course organiser||Dr Maya Mayblin
|Course secretary||Miss Lauren Ayre
Tel: (0131 6)50 4001