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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Spring 2010

R S 357 • History of Witchcraft

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44495 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
UTC 3.122
LEVACK, B

Course Description

MEETS WITH HIS 343P , WGS 345

AREA II - RELIGIONS OF EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST, AND AFRICA

The purpose of this course will be to explain the great European witchhunt of the fifteenth, sixteenth centuries, which resulted in the execution of approximately 100,000 persons. The course will begin with a study of the growth of witch beliefs from ancient social and economic developments that encouraged witchcraft accusations and prosecutions. The main geographical focus of the course will be continental Europe, but there will be a series of lectures on witchcraft in England, Scotland and colonial America. The course will end with an analysis of the decline of witchcraft prosecutions in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and a comparison of witchcraft in early modern Europe with witchcraft today.

Grading Policy

    Short papers (2) 30%
    Research paper 30%
    Exams 40%

Texts

Kors & Peters, Witchcraft in Europe.
N. Cohn, Europe's Inner Demons.
Boyer & Nissenbaum, Salem Possessed.

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