Religion and Ritual (L6072)
15 credits, Level 5
This module 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.
Teaching and assessment
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Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.
This module is offered on the following courses: