Anth 220 - Magic Witchcraft and Religion - Dr. Laurie Solis
|Course:||Magic Witchcraft and Religion|
|Professor:||Dr. Laurie Solis|
Dr. Laurie Solis is an adjunct instructor in the Dept of Anthropology at College of the Canyons and Antelope Valley College. She has been a college instructor for 18 years and a professional archaeologist for 25 years. She holds a MA in Anthropology with an emphasis on Archaeology and a Doctorate in Religious Studies.
She is the author of Tataviam: People Who Face the Sun, Introduction to the Indians of California, co-author on Beliefs: An Open Invitation to the Anthropology of Magic, Religion, & Witchcraft, and editor for Representations: An Open Invitation to Anti Racist Anthropology.
Academically, her primary interests are prehistoric archaeology, Native American belief systems, and religious ritual.
The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft is a cultural study of different religious ideas, motivations, and movements. This class will focus on world religions and spiritual beliefs and takes a cross-cultural analysis of religion. Anthropology 220 will begin with simple concepts of religion, then movie to more in depth concepts such as myths, souls, and the afterlife. This course will also discuss current religious trends and how they influence people today.
Student Learning Outcomes Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are faculty-defined expectations 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.
What to Expect in this Course
Students should be expected to complete the following work-
- Weekly homework assignments based textbook and lecture/activity covered that week
- In-Class assignments/activities. These assignments are based on the lectures/material covered during the week. These are usually group assignments where you may work collaboratively but must turn in your own work
- Ability to access Canvas on a weekly basis to complete assignments and view grades
- Microsoft Office compatible software so that students can access content posted in Canvas
- Video player, speaker - in order to access film content
Types of Assessments
- Proctored online exams/quizzes
- Online Discussion Boards
- Written Assignments
- In-Class Activities
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
There are two suggested textbooks for this course. You will need to choose one to use for this course.
ZERO COST TEXTBOOK (ZCT)
Authors, Zunner-Keating, Brian Pierson; Jennifer Campbell; Laurie Solis; Melody Yeager-Struthers; Oscar Hernández; Sarah Etheridge; Robin Huffman; Marvin Harris; George Gmelch; Griffin Ced; Jennifer Sime; Jill Weiss; Julie Jenkins; Angela Glaros; Tad McIlwraith; Jennifer Faux-Campbell; Jessica Proctor; Martin Tsang; Jennifer Miller-Thayer; and Julie Vazquez
Beliefs: An Open Invitation to the Anthropology of Witchcraft, Magic, and Religion. Available at: https://oer.pressbooks.pub/beliefs/
Approximate Cost: $29-$80
Authors Stein & Stein – The Anthropology of Religion, Witchcraft, and Magic (4th edition)
Other Relevant Course Information
Class attendance is vital to your success in the class. Since this is a survey course, class participation is vital.
Class Homework and Assignments need to be completed in order to pass the course.
Extra Credit: For extra credit in Religion, Magic, & Witchcraft you may visit a religious/spiritual ritual or ceremonial place that is tied to a particular culture. Some examples will be provided on the extra credit form.
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Last updated: 01/17/2023 Sub#: 1534