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Anthropology 121: Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcra= Los Angele Valley College Fall 2016: Sec6on 1122
Anthropology
121: Anthropology of Religion,
Magic, and Witchcra=
Los Angele Valley College Fall 2016: Sec6on 1122
TTh 11:20am-12:45pm EST 107
Office hour: TTH 10:30 - 11:15 am & AGer class Where at? Right in front
of EST at the tables
Table of Contents:

Pg. 1 SLO’s, Text, Course Objectives & Office hours Pg. 2 Grades, Plan & Useful Info. Pg.3 & 4 Calander

What is Anthro. 121?

Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and WitchcraG is a cultural study of different religious ideas, mo6va6ons, and movements. This class will focus on breaking down and poin6ng out our own ideas about religion as well as how we perceive other cultures that prac6ce a religion different from our own. Anthropology 121 will begin with simple concepts of religion, then moving onto more in depth concepts such as myths, souls, and the aGerlife. This course will end with new age religions and how they influence people today.

What are the goals for the course?

What are Student Learning Outcomes?

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are

  • - Explain the concepts of ethnocentrism and cultural rela6vism and apply these concepts

to understanding contemporary social issues.

  • - Explain how the terms culture and

worldview are defined and used in anthropology.

  • - Explain and differen6ate between the

different ways religion is defined and between

the different theore6cal approaches to the

study of religion.

  • - Explain the func6ons served by various religious phenomena, both for the individual

and society.

  • - Explain how religious phenomena, such as

the nature of supernatural beings and

witchcraG beliefs, reflect the culture in which they are found.

  • - Explain and compare and contrast the basic concepts of the class including mythology,

symbolism, rituals, specialists, altered states, magic, divina6on, supernatural beings, and

witchcraG.

  • - Explain how and why new religious movements happen.

faculty-defined expecta6ons of knowledge and skills students can demonstrate as a result of learning acquired in a course.

The SLOs for this course are that you will be able to discuss other cultures in a non-

ethnocentric manner and evaluate

religious behaviors using basic anthropological concepts and theories.

Is A^endance Useful?

YES!!!!!!! More and more studies show that if you show up, you succeed. Please

make a point to be here.

Rome Gyes

Class Text; Stein and Stein The Anthropology of Religion, Magic and Witchcra7, 3rd ed.

[ISBN: 978-0-205-71811-5]

Grades & Useful Information PLAGIARISM AND STUDENT CONDUCT POLICY: Plagiarism is the use of others’ wordswww.lavc.edu/WCweb/ plagiarism.html ) and refer to the STANDARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION in the current Schedule of Classes and Catalog. EXCLUSIONS AND DROPS: If you have any unexplained absences during the first two weeks of the semester, you will be excluded from the class unless you inform me that you wish to remain in the class. The message must be received no later than Monday of the third week of class. It is highly recommended that you make a^endance a priority. Effort and par6cipa6on, which require a^endance, may be a considera6on for determining your final grade. Please note that it is your responsibility to drop the class if you so wish. You may drop a class at any 6me through Sept. 13th. The deadline to drop without receiving a “W” is Nov. 22nd. If you stop a^ending class and do not officially drop through the Admissions and Records Office, you will receive a final grade of “F” in the course. I reserve the right to exclude students for excessive absences. Important Dates: Sept. 5th November 11 qr : Holliday qr November 24 Thanks Giving December 14 Final Day of Class Spring-2016_College_Calendar.aspx " id="pdf-obj-1-2" src="pdf-obj-1-2.jpg">
Grades & Useful Information PLAGIARISM AND STUDENT CONDUCT POLICY: Plagiarism is the use of others’ wordswww.lavc.edu/WCweb/ plagiarism.html ) and refer to the STANDARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION in the current Schedule of Classes and Catalog. EXCLUSIONS AND DROPS: If you have any unexplained absences during the first two weeks of the semester, you will be excluded from the class unless you inform me that you wish to remain in the class. The message must be received no later than Monday of the third week of class. It is highly recommended that you make a^endance a priority. Effort and par6cipa6on, which require a^endance, may be a considera6on for determining your final grade. Please note that it is your responsibility to drop the class if you so wish. You may drop a class at any 6me through Sept. 13th. The deadline to drop without receiving a “W” is Nov. 22nd. If you stop a^ending class and do not officially drop through the Admissions and Records Office, you will receive a final grade of “F” in the course. I reserve the right to exclude students for excessive absences. Important Dates: Sept. 5th November 11 qr : Holliday qr November 24 Thanks Giving December 14 Final Day of Class Spring-2016_College_Calendar.aspx " id="pdf-obj-1-4" src="pdf-obj-1-4.jpg">
Grades & Useful Information PLAGIARISM AND STUDENT CONDUCT POLICY: Plagiarism is the use of others’ wordswww.lavc.edu/WCweb/ plagiarism.html ) and refer to the STANDARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION in the current Schedule of Classes and Catalog. EXCLUSIONS AND DROPS: If you have any unexplained absences during the first two weeks of the semester, you will be excluded from the class unless you inform me that you wish to remain in the class. The message must be received no later than Monday of the third week of class. It is highly recommended that you make a^endance a priority. Effort and par6cipa6on, which require a^endance, may be a considera6on for determining your final grade. Please note that it is your responsibility to drop the class if you so wish. You may drop a class at any 6me through Sept. 13th. The deadline to drop without receiving a “W” is Nov. 22nd. If you stop a^ending class and do not officially drop through the Admissions and Records Office, you will receive a final grade of “F” in the course. I reserve the right to exclude students for excessive absences. Important Dates: Sept. 5th November 11 qr : Holliday qr November 24 Thanks Giving December 14 Final Day of Class Spring-2016_College_Calendar.aspx " id="pdf-obj-1-6" src="pdf-obj-1-6.jpg">

Grades & Useful Information

PLAGIARISM AND STUDENT CONDUCT POLICY:

Plagiarism is the use of others’ words and/or ideas without

What is the Grading Breakdown & Useful Info ?

Your grade will be based upon two exams worth 100 points. One mid- term and then the final. The final is not cumula6ve. In addi6on to these exams I will give out classwork, homework, and projects that will add up to 150 points. Finally, the most important project is the ritual observa6on. This project is worth 100 points and encompasses all elements learned in this course. Class par6cipa6on is key to the func6oning of this course. Students will be expected to a^end and have read the assigned chapters prior to the class.

90% - 100% A 80% - 89% B

68% - 79% C 60% - 68% D

59% and below F

Make up exams will not be accepted without prior warning or a doctor’s note. Late homework and projects will be deducted 5 points per day missed.

Grades & Useful Information PLAGIARISM AND STUDENT CONDUCT POLICY: Plagiarism is the use of others’ wordswww.lavc.edu/WCweb/ plagiarism.html ) and refer to the STANDARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION in the current Schedule of Classes and Catalog. EXCLUSIONS AND DROPS: If you have any unexplained absences during the first two weeks of the semester, you will be excluded from the class unless you inform me that you wish to remain in the class. The message must be received no later than Monday of the third week of class. It is highly recommended that you make a^endance a priority. Effort and par6cipa6on, which require a^endance, may be a considera6on for determining your final grade. Please note that it is your responsibility to drop the class if you so wish. You may drop a class at any 6me through Sept. 13th. The deadline to drop without receiving a “W” is Nov. 22nd. If you stop a^ending class and do not officially drop through the Admissions and Records Office, you will receive a final grade of “F” in the course. I reserve the right to exclude students for excessive absences. Important Dates: Sept. 5th November 11 qr : Holliday qr November 24 Thanks Giving December 14 Final Day of Class Spring-2016_College_Calendar.aspx " id="pdf-obj-1-27" src="pdf-obj-1-27.jpg">

What are some ACCOMMODATIONS and why are they useful?

If you are a student with a disability requiring classroom accommoda6ons and have not yet contacted Services for Students with Disabili6es (SSD), do so in a 6mely manner. SSD is located in the Student Services Annex, room 175. You can also call SSD at (818) 947-2681 or TTD (818) 947-2680, to meet with a SSD counselor. If SSD has already sent the memo confirming accommoda6ons required for this class, please meet with me to discuss arrangements.

What about Finaical Aid?

Here is the link; h^p://www.lavc.edu/financialaid/

Who can you go to for tutoring?

h^p://www.lavc.edu/tutor/

index.aspx

Important Dates Link;

http://www.lavc.edu/schedule/library/

docs/LAVC-

clearly acknowledging their source. When you incorporate

those words and ideas into your own work, you must give

credit where credit is due. Plagiarism, inten6onal or

uninten6onal, is considered academic dishonesty and is not

tolerated. Anyone found to be plagiarizing or chea6ng on

assignments or exams (e.g., copying or giving answers, using

‘crib’ sheets, etc.) will (1) receive a zero (fail) on the

assignment, and (2) be referred to the Vice President of

Student Services for further disciplinary ac6on, following due

process. For further informa6on on plagiarism, go to the

Wri6ng Center website (www.lavc.edu/WCweb/

plagiarism.html) and refer to the STANDARDS OF STUDENT

CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION in the current

Schedule of Classes and Catalog.

EXCLUSIONS AND DROPS:

If you have any unexplained absences during the first two

weeks of the semester, you will be excluded from the class

unless you inform me that you wish to remain in the class.

The message must be received no later than Monday of the

third week of class.

It is highly recommended that you make a^endance a

priority. Effort and par6cipa6on, which require a^endance,

may be a considera6on for determining your final grade.

Please note that it is your responsibility to drop the class if

you so wish. You may drop a class at any 6me through Sept.

13th. The deadline to drop without receiving a “W” is Nov.

22nd. If you stop a^ending class and do not officially drop

through the Admissions and Records Office, you will receive a

final grade of “F” in the course. I reserve the right to exclude

students for excessive absences.

Important Dates:

 

Sept. 5th

November 11 qr : Holliday

 

qr

November 24

Thanks Giving

December 14 qr: Final Day of Class

Spring-2016_College_Calendar.aspx

Tentative Class Calendar

Week

Topic

Readings/Assignments

1

Class intro & Def. of Anthro. What is Culture? Start Group Selection

Syllabus & Class Objectives Reading: Ch. 1 Class questions

Theoretical Approaches Homework

2

Religion Why? Scientific approach to

Homework Due

understanding religion.

Group selection

Finish Ch: 1

Are we differnent?

Start: Cultural Relativism & Ethnocentrism

3

Cultural Relativism & Ethnocentrism Examination of Religious Tensions

Read Ch: 2 Yazdi’s in Iraq Muslims in U.S.

4

Myths, Folktails & Cultural Perspectives Start: Religious Symbols

Read Ch: 3 Handout Ritual Observation Discuss Class Calendar & Deadlines

5

Finish Symbols Rituals—Ritual Obsevation Assighnment

Read Ch: 4

6

Altered States/Holly Rollers

Read Ch: 5

7

Religious Specialists/Shamans

Read Ch: 6 1st Ritual Observation Deadline:

Where, When, & Religion Exam 1

8

Magic & Divination Contagious Magic Exercise

Read Ch: 7

9

Continue C.M. & Presentations Death/History of Halloween

Contagious Magic Representation 50 points Presentations Extra Credit

10

Dia De Los Muerstos

Ritual Observation Dry Run

The Soul

Read: Ch.8

11

Astrology & Religion

 

12

Gods & Spirits

Read Ch: 9 Second Ritual Oberservation Deadline: 3 Page Obsevation Due

13

Cont. Gods & Spirits

 

14

Witch Craft

Read: Ch. 10

15

New Age Religions

Read: Ch. 11 Ritual Observation Due Final Review

16

 

Final Exam