Anthropology of Symbolic systems : Religion, Nature and Virtual Worlds

lantr2020  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Anthropology of Symbolic systems : Religion, Nature and Virtual Worlds
4.00 credits
20.0 h
Main themes
Through lectures and reading exercise the course will encounter … Authors such as : Douglas, Hallowell, Turner, Gauchet, Lévi-strauss, De Certeau, Leenhardt, Van der Leeuw, Dumezil, Mali-nowski, Leach, Goody, Otto, Van Gennep, Descola, Viveiros de Castro, Bastide, Girard, Frazer. Following subject and concepts such as : Myth, mythology, ideology, ritual, the symbolic, the belief, the conversion, the religion, the religious, the sa-cred, the secularization, totemism, animism, naturalism, the magic, the sorcery, shamanism, phenomenological approaches, structuralism and symbolic functionalism.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the course : 1. the student will understand the main trends and great authors of symbolic systems anthropology. 2. the student will be able to develop a personal point of view about these trends.
The course Methodology : 1. Lecture of introduction (first lesson) 2. Previous article readings 3. Collective analysis or presentations and feedback about reading exercise 4. Final lecture: conclusion and synthesis.
Teaching methods
Active pedagogy with strong student involvement. Each course uses a different didactic or pedagogical method. According to the risk conditions, the course could be organized in a remote or partly remote way. 
Evaluation methods
Students are evaluated on the basis of their participation and a final collective and individual work.
Other information
Pre-requisite : A first course in anthropology. Evaluation : Students' work will be appraised according to the jury system (cf. Master in Anthropology) Materials course : Texts portfolio will be distributed.
Online resources
A moodle support with all the texts needed. If the sanitary conditions require it, the course can be organized partly by distance learning.
Teaching materials
  • PDF disponible sur moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Anthropology

Master [120] in History

Master [60] in History

Master [120] in Sciences of Religions

Certificat universitaire en sciences des religions

Master [60] in Sociology and Anthropology