Witchcraft, Paganism and the New Age (RLST2626)


The rebirth of paganism progressed steadily throughout the twentieth century. Pagans celebrate diversity and heterogeneity, in sharp contrast to the major Western traditions which were exclusive and doctrinally prescriptive. The interrelationships between pagans, goddess worshippers and witchcraft/occultism are fascinating and labyrinthine. This unit will explore three areas of modern religion, and attempt to assess the importance of their contribution for the future of religion.

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2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd book review (30%), 1x3000wd essay (50%), 1x500wd equivalent tutorial presentation (20%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 junior credit points from Studies in Religion



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