Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Business and Social Sciences Division
4 hours lecture.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 48 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Foothill GE
 GE Status: Social & Behavioral Sciences

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 06/23/08; 12/13/10

1. Description -
Explores the ways in which people have attempted to gain mastery over the natural and supernatural worlds beginning with prehistoric times and concluding with modern day society and the contemporary world. Cross-cultural study of the beliefs about the nature of reality, spirituality, death, magic, science and healing.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. develop awareness of own ethnocentric biases in the area of religion from the view of cultural relativism.
  2. develop an understanding of religious identification through the use of the modern anthropological methods and theoretical approaches.
  3. attain insights into the religious beliefs and practices of other, including beliefs about death, shamanism, healing, causation, creation and ceremonial cycles.
  4. explore and appreciate the diversity of beliefs and practices foreign to the students' own interpretations of phenomena related to these beliefs and practices.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
When taught as an online distance learning section, students and faculty need ongoing and continuous Internet and Email access.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. The Anthropological Perspective for study of Religions
  2. Definitions of Religions and the Domains of theoretical approaches to belief systems.
  3. Altered States of Consciousness: Biological basis and Ethnographic Examples
  4. Cultural Specialists: shaman, priests, healers,diviners and others
  5. The world of magic, divination, sorcery in societies.
  6. Souls, Ghosts and Death Rituals
  7. Gods and Spirits: Monotheism, Atheism and 'Great Religions'
  8. Witchcraft in Historic and Modern Periods
  9. Cults, Neopaganism, "High Demand" charismatic organizations, Spiritualistic groups
  10. Fundamentalism and Revitalization Movements
  11. Cross-cultural comparisons and change of Belief Systems
  12. Religious interface with political, health, economic, and expressive sectors of cultures.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written assignments
  2. Midterm examinations
  3. Final examinations
  4. Research project
7. Representative Text(s) -
Stein, Rebecca L. and Philip L Stein. The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2008.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Self-paced, Field work, Oral presentations.
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources ranging from 30 to 60 pages per week.
  2. Lecture: Weekly lecture covering subject matter from text assignment with extended topic information. Class discussion is encouraged.
  3. Guest Speakers: Industry and faculty speakers covering selected topics.
  4. When taught online these methods may take the form of video, audio, animation and web page presentations. Laboratory assignments will be submitted online as well.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree in Anthroplogy.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2011-12-09 14:20:50

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines