The Anthropology of Religion (ANTH2667)


This Unit will examine various ways anthropologists have theorised religious belief and practice, and we will challenge these ideas by looking at the vast diversity of religious forms. Starting with the major theories of Durkheim, Weber and others, the Unit will focus on what anthropologists have identified as the key elements of religious forms cross-culturally. It will also look at debates around these ideas. Special emphasis will be put on the continuing salience of religious ideas and identities in modernity.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


10x100wd reflections (15%), 1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x2000wd Research essay (45%), Tutorial participation (10%).

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Unit of study rules


(12 Junior credit points from Anthropology) or (12 Junior credit points from Religion Studies)

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.