Special Topics Course Information
Early Summer 2014
ANTH/LAS/SOC 310J Souls and Sacrifice: Politics of Religion in Brazil
Mondays & Wednesdays 9:10 - 12:50
CRN 50136, 50215, 50230
Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, to include at least 6 credits of anthropology, sociology and/or LAS. (One or more of SOC 250,
ANTH 220, or LAS 102, 110, 200 or 206 recommended.)
Religion in Brazil is a paradox embedded in everyday activities. Each of the religions draws people from a broad range of class and political perspectives. Where once Catholicism was dominant, now various sects of Protestantism and the Afro-Brazilian religions are popluar and some people participate in more than one. This class will look at the foundations of the religions in Brazilian society and look at how these religions are expressed by their followers in rituals and in their everyday lives, and the effects they have on the culture and politics.
Monday 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. D139.
This course explores the application and engagement of anthropological research, analyses, expertise, and advocacy to contemporary and urgent social and cultural issues in a number of diverse areas such as Indigenous rights and title, cultural heritage, community development, environmental stewardship and resource use conflicts, social justice, education and global health. We will work towards understanding current engagements and developing analytical and practical skills to transfer academic knowledge to contemporary issues in an increasingly globalized world, and the roles of an applied and engaged public anthropology.