146.210 Ritual and Belief (15 credits)

A study of selected topics in the field of ritual and belief such as rites of passage, witchcraft, sorcery, shamanism and symbolic representation.

Details Details

  • Year: 2017
  • Mode: Distance
  • Semester: Summer School
  • Location: N/A
  • Coordinator: Prof Kathryn Rountree
  • Subject: Social Anthropology
  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Fully Taught Online - As all of the course is taught online and there are no on-campus components (attendance at an examination venue may be required), Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Core study resources that can be published in print will be supplied to the students who request them Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

  • Prerequisite(s): At least 45 credits from 100 level.


  • Start Date: Monday 20 November, 2017
  • End date: Saturday 17 February, 2018

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Wednesday 29 November, 2017
  • Without academic penalty: Friday 26 January, 2018

Contact workshops

There is no contact workshop for this course


Course fees for 2017

  • Domestic Students: NZD $744.38 *
  • International Students NZD $3,157.70 *

* This fee information is for estimation purposes only and includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. The estimate does not include non-tuition fees. To view an estimate showing both tuition and non-tuition fees use the Fees Calculator. These fees only apply 2017 enrolments.

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate creative and critical analysis with regard to the anthropology of ritual and belief.
  2. Apply critical, comparative, and reflective skills to illuminate the cultural complexities inherent in local and global issues and contexts with regard to the anthropology of ritual and belief.
  3. Develop and present arguments informed by key theories and concepts within the anthropological study of ritual and religion.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.


During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting Note
1 Report 1,2,3 50.0%
2 Essay 1,2,3 50.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.


It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

  • The Anthropology Of Religion, Magic And Witchcraft
    Author: R. Stein And P. Stein
    ISBN: 10: 0205516238
    Publisher: Prentice Hall

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