ANT4210 Symbolic Anthropology
Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Exploration of the function of ritual in context. It moves from key principals, to analysis of one’s own context and formulation of questions to guide analysis. It culminates in use of these same questions to evaluate ritual in a more culturally distant context.
How This Course Benefits Students:
Equip students to understand ritual in cultural context. We will work with practices with which they are familiar and then consider those from more distant cultures. On this, students will formulate a series of questions to explore ritual in context.
Why This Course Is Important:
It is easy to read about and categorize rituals. However, this does not give us a rich understanding of the why and how of ritual in context. By understanding our own ritual in context and developing a process of evaluating riutal in context, we will be equipped for any context.