ANTH 320


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Fall 2008


Updated 18 April 2008 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: 8 Sept. 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Peggy Walsh, 8-2503 PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Rosemary Gianno, 8-2510, rgianno@keene.edu PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: None PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: Abbreviated Course Title, if necessary: ANTH 320 Magic, Witchcraft and Religion PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide a holistic and comparative approach to the study of religious beliefs and practices. Students will explore magical and religious behavior, ritual, myth, shamanism, curing, spirit possession, ancestor worship, witchcraft, and millennial and countercultural movements in a variety of tribal and state societies. Prerequisite: ISANTH 110 or permission of instructor, Spring, odd years LEARNING OUTCOMES: Program learning outcomes that will be served by this course: Objective: Apply an Anthropological perspective to social and cultural phenomena. Updated 18 April 2008 Learning Outcomes: • Students will be able to recognize the value of anthropology. • Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the fundamental ways in which cultures are similar and different from each other. • Students will be able to demonstrate their awareness of basic theoretical explanations for cultural similarities and differences. Objective: Examine one's own life and values using these perspectives. Learning Outcome: • Introductory and advanced students will demonstrate the ability to think reflexively about their particular worldview(s) from a variety of perspectives so they can better understand their orientation to the world. Objective: View social and cultural phenomena with an informed global and cross-cultural perspective. Learning Outcomes: • Students will be able to identify, interpret and compare diverse cultural beliefs and customs. • Students will be able to challenge ethnocentric notions and practices that lead to inequalities of opportunity and treatment in social life. • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of particular cultures, including non-Western cultures, as adaptive and meaningful systems. Objective: Understand the centrality of gender, race, class, and culture in different societies. Learning Outcomes: • Students will be able to discuss the significance of race, class, gender, and culture as organizing concepts in anthropology. RATIONALE: This course has been offered by this department on an experimental basis a number of times. Students have shown significant interest in the topic. There is a need for our citizens to have a better knowledge of religion and religious behavior cross-culturally. We have also found that courses that focus on a particular topic, e.g., gender or religion, pique students’ interest and are more meaningful to them. RESOURCES: No additional resources. There is room in Rosemary Gianno’s teaching schedule for this course, which she taught last spring and will again this spring. ADVISORY OPINIONS: None


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ANTH 320