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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Fall 2006

ANT 324L • Ritual/Religion in Chinese Society-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30495 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
BEN 1.126

Course Description

This course introduces the study of Chinese religion from an anthropological perspective. Such an approach is primarily concerned to examine the complex relationships between beliefs, cosmological formulations, and ritual practices on the one hand, and social, political, and economic institutions on the other, and focuses on the role of religion in the everyday life of Chinese communities, past and present. Towareds this end, the course acquaints students with both the

COURSE OBJECTIVES: To provide 1) basic familiarity with the major texts, artifacts, practices, and events that comprise ancient, late imperial, and contemporary Han Chinese religion; and 2) a basic grasp of the analytical tools and theoretical frameworks that anthrpologists and other scholars have developed for research on Chinese religions.

Grading Policy

1) Four quizzes, 20% (5%/quiz), based on readings and lectures 2) Two short (5-8pp) papers, 40% (20%/paper) 3) Final paper (10-12 pages), 40%


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