This course is an anthropological introduction into religion and modernization. It begins with an overview of anthropological statements about religion, elucidating how religious worlds (symbols, cosmologies, moral inversions and space disorders) are analyzed from the perspective of social science, and discussing personal experiences of religion (personal symbols, therapeutics of possessions, trance, shamanism, and witchcraft). During the second part of the course students acquire knowledge about changes in the religious expressions related to capitalism, colonialism, and conflict. One of fundamental ideas of the course is the process of rationalization as a major influence upon modernization, which justifies also analysis of civil religion, nationalism, revitalization and orthodoxies, as well as processes of differentiation and dedifferentiation, which affect both the expression of, and reflection upon religion. Lectures will supplement the readings. Seminars will be prepared and organized by the students.
This course consists of two meetings a week, out of which two hours are lectures (and video illustration) and two-hours group discussions. Students prepare two discussion sessions. In the second part of the course students write a research paper.
1. Course Outline SSCANTH203 Religion  Modernization - Spring 2019.pdf1. Course Outline SSCANTH203 Religion Modernization - Spring 2019.pdf