Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

Religion and Ritual

Module L6072

Module details for 2017/18.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This option is concerned with the explanation of religious and ritual phenomena. It explores the key theoretical issues by examining ethnographic material that deals with - among other things - initiation, myth, witchcraft, symbolism and religious experience. There is also some treatment of more 'secular' rituals such as carnival and Christmas. The focus is as much on how people believe as on what they believe; on why they perform rituals as much as what these rituals look like. It explores both classic texts and more recent accounts, to give students a sense of where particular arguments have come from and where they are going.

Module learning outcomes

To demonstrate knowledge/understanding of anthropological approaches to understanding religion and ritual.

To analyse/evaluate/assess main theoretical debates in the field of anthropology of religion and ritual, and an awareness of the history of these debates and how specific theoretical trends have developed over time.

To relate theory to specific ethnographic contexts of religious and ritual practice.

To evaluate/compare strengths and weaknesses of anthropological theory that has been developed and deployed to understand actual practices.

Essay (3000 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture2 hours110100101010
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours001010010101

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Alice Wilson

Assess convenor

Miss Susan Chater

Assess convenor

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

Mr Matthew Doyle


Prof Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner


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