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Undergraduate Course: Anthropology of Christianity (SCAN10064)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce students to key aspects of the anthropology of Christianity. It will address the theoretical literature on the relationship of Christian thought and practice to both historical and contemporary ethnographic inquiry; it will review debates about what the anthropology of Christianity is, and whether or not Christianity works as a category for comparative anthropological thought; it will introduce students to the geographic and doctrinal varieties of Christianity and it will open up the question of what relationship Christianity has to other institutions.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 90 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment: Short essay (word limit 1000) 20% (this will constitute a formative feedback event), long essay (word limit 3000) 70% and participation 10%.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain a substantive expert and specialist knowledge of the role of Christianity in disciplinary history, calls for and debates concerning the anthropology of Christianity, global demographics, ethnographic study of Christian communities).
  2. Gain a capacity to critique and evaluate assigned ethnographic and theoretical material, as well as additional material they may encounter in other venues that are pertinent to the concerns of the course.
  3. Gain an ability to also engage in and critique other anthropological discussion of modes of religiosity that are analogous to Christianity in either ethnographic description or theoretical articulation.
  4. Relate above three goals to wider discussions and debates in the discipline of anthropology.
  5. Develop a capacity to work with (in the form of texts and audio-visual recordings) ¿raw¿ ethnographic data from Christian communities, that is, material either not collected by an ethnographer, or not placed with an ethnographic text in the service of an argument; they will be able to analyze this material in light of the above texts, problematics, and disciplinary discussions. This exercise will prepare them for a capacity to think both ethnographically and critically about the Christianity as an anthropological concept and ethnographic object, but will also train them to possible produce their own ethnographic texts at a latter stage of their academic development.
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Course organiserDr Naomi Haynes
Tel: (0131 6)50 4052
Course secretaryMiss Karen Leung
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