Fall 2020 - ARCH 226 C100

The Prehistory of Religion: Shamans, Sorcerers and Saints (3)

Class Number: 4717

Delivery Method: Distance Education

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Oct 19, 2020
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Location: TBA

    Dec 16, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Charts the emergence and changes in the expression of human religious behavior. It covers the earliest rituals of the Palaeolithic, the importance of fertility cults, ancestor cults, alliance rituals, shamans, witchcraft, and monotheism. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

COURSE DETAILS:

An overview of how archaeologists attempt to recognize ritual behaviours and religion in the past.  Topics include the distinction between traditional religions and book religions, shamanism, altered states of consciousness, monumental architecture, ritual offerings, ritual and warfare, human sacrifice, and human burial and cremation.  Examples are drawn from a wide variety of ancient cultures, ranging from the state societies of the Maya and Egypt, to smaller farming communities such as Chaco Canyon (North America), and foraging cultures of the distant past.

Grading

  • Module Discussions 15%
  • Short Assignments 15%
  • Midterm Exam 35%
  • Final Exam 35%

NOTES:

Students may choose to write either the final exam OR an original research paper, but may not write both.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

No textbooks.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.


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Exams
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NOTE: This course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check your course details in Canvas.



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Registrar Notes:

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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2020

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