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ANTH 206 001 (Lecture)

Witches, Vampires, and Zombies: Anthropology of the Supernatural

Anthropological approaches to supernatural beliefs in both traditional and contemporary societies.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Location: Vancouver

Term 1 (Sep 04, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018)

Cr/D/F Grading Change Dates

Last day to change between Credit/D/Fail and percentage grading (grading options cannot be changed after this date): September 18, 2018


Withdrawal Dates
Last day to withdraw without a W standing : September 18, 2018
Last day to withdraw with a W standing
(course cannot be dropped after this date) :
October 12, 2018

TermDay Start TimeEnd TimeBuildingRoom
1 Tue Thu9:3011:00Geography100
Instructor: MAGLIOCCO, SABINA
TA: PEGORER, FRANCESCA


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-  What is the supernatural, and why are we fascinated with it? Where do supernatural beliefs come from? How are supernatural creatures such as witches, vampires, and zombies enjoying a new life in the modern world? These are some of the questions this course will address. This course examines supernatural and occult traditions as they appear in the context of religion, narrative, healing, ritual and media accounts and presentations. We will also study how anthropologists and scholars from related disciplines have approached these topics. This course does not attempt to prove or disprove the existence of supernatural phenomena. Rather, it takes an ethnographic, phenomenological approach to this issue, focusing on peoples lived experience and their attempts to make sense of it. Students will&~ be encouraged to explore the relationship between scientific belief and supernatural belief in the context of both traditional cultures and the contemporary landscape.

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