- Spring 2003
The course presents interpretations of
religious belief and practice in
a variety of cultures from an anthropological
perspective emphasizing cultural relativism. Students will  study a
variety religious beliefs and practices in a variety of cultures,
 examine theories concerning psychological, social and cultural
functions of religion, and  learn concepts useful in interpreting
religious practices in their indigenous social settings.
You will need the following books for this
course. Be careful to buy the
correct edition of each book. To
be sure, use the ISBN.
- Bowen, John R.
2001 Religions in Practice: An approach to the anthropology of religion.
Second edition. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
- Hicks, David (editor).
2002. Ritual and belief: Readings in the anthropology of religion.
Second edition. New York & London: McGraw-Hill College.
Books are available at the Prince George's
Community College bookstore either at the Largo Campus (301-322-0912) or
online at http://www.pgccbookstore.com.
You can also find them at other online bookstores such as Amazon or
Barnes and Nobel.
When students completed this course
they should be able to:Distinguish among
social, cultural and emotional explanations of religious beliefs and
Use ethnographic examples from
the required readings to illustrate cross-cultural differences in
beliefs and practices
Understand and explain how anthropologists analyze
religious beliefs and practices to see their connections to other domains
(such as kinship, political life, economy, epistemology [how to know
things], misfortune, concepts of health/illness, deviancy,
organization, enculturation/socialization) of a society's culture.
Know the difference in a culturally
relative interpretation and an ethnocentric explanation of a
Course Elements and Policies
This is a distance learning course. Students must complete all course requirements
indicated below in their appropriate sequence and in a timely fashion. This may be done by
frequently checking & adhering to the due dates indicated in the Blackboard
Scheduled, required quizzes are taken on-line & must be completed
during their respective windows of availability (see the calendar). They
consist of a variable number of multiple choice, true/false and/or short
answer questions. They are available online for several days. Once the last
date for taking a quiz has passed, no make up quiz will be
given for that module. Quiz grades are cumulatively added throughout the
semester. Once you reach the maximum number of allowed points for
quizzes, additional quiz points will not count toward your
- Discussion Board
The purpose of these conferences is to stimulate discussion
among class members about the topic and required readings in each module.
The schedule and the rules for conference participation are found in
the online class room. Points earned for conferences are
cumulative and there are no make ups for missed conferences.
- Essay Assignments: (Required)
There are brief entrance and exit essays. There are also somewhat
longer internet assignment essays (4) and analytical essays (2). All
are submitted as MSWord .doc files or Rich Text .rtf files to the
Blackboard Digital Drop Box by the dates indicated in the Bb course
calendar. The instructions for writing them are found in the
Bb Assignments area.
- Chats: (Optional)
On-line chats are conducted about every three weeks (check Bb course
calendar and Bb announcements) during the semester.
Comprehensive Exam: (Required)
This proctored comprehensive exam covers all the required
reading and internet assignments in the course. It is given at your
campus' testing center. The exam may be
taken twice during the semester, but only once at each of the two
scheduled opportunities -- one around midsemester and one
during finals week. If a student takes the exam more than once, the
highest grade earned will be used toward the final semester grade.
||MAXIMUM USABLE POINTS
|Entrance Essay (1
|Analytical Essays (2 required)
You have four (4) chances
(with deadlines) to write two (2) analytical essays. If you write more than two (2) essays, then the highest two (2) grades count. If you miss a deadline, then do the next one. No make-ups given.
Internet Assignment Essays
You have six (6) chances (with
deadlines) to write four (4) internet assignment essays.
If you write more than four, the highest four will count. No make-ups are allowed. If you miss a deadline, then do the next one.
Online Discussion Board
(required; at least 10 available)
Conference grades accumulate until
the maximum usable number is reached. Additionally
points over the maximum do not count toward the semester grade Conferences are time sensitive and there are no make-ups.
On-line Quizzes (required;
at least 11 available)
Quiz grades accumulate until
the maximum is earned. The quizzes are based on
Quizzes are based on the required readings. No make-ups for missed quizzes.
|Exit Essay (1 required)
|Comprehensive Exam (1 required)
The proctored on-campus exam may be taken twice, once early in course & once during finals week. Highest grade counts.
|MAXIMUM TOTAL USABLE
POINTS IN THIS COURSE IS