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ANT2005 Culture, Religion and Belief

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Culture, Religion and Belief
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090303 - Anthropology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Lara Lamb


Religion is one of the principal cultural phenomena in which humans participate. It informs significant global events, as well as the everyday detail of people’s lives. As the holistic study of human kind, anthropology is particularly concerned with examining religion and belief itself, and also how it impacts on other social and cultural institutions.


This course presents a theoretical analysis of religion and belief as cultural phenomena. Through the study of diverse, local perspectives on religion and belief, this course guides students in recognising the connections between various social and cultural institutions. It explores the dynamics of religion and magic in human societies through comparative studies of elements, forms and symbolism in systems of religion and belief.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. a knowledge and understanding of relevant concepts, theories, and examples;
  2. an ability to understand and critically evaluate relevant professional literature;
  3. an ability to engage in Anthropological research on relevant topics, and to report in an effective way.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Theoretical contexts to religion and belief 20.00
2. Religion and self 20.00
3. Diversity of practices 20.00
4. Religion and society 20.00
5. Diversity of contexts 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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ANT2005 Introductory Book/Study Guide.
Bowen, JR 2017, Religions in practice: an approach to the anthropology of religion, 7th edn, Pearson Publishing, Boston, Massachusetts.
Moro, P & Myers, J 2012, Magic, witchcraft and religion: a reader in the anthropology of religion, 9th edn, McGraw Hill, New York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Bowie, F 2006, The anthropology of religion: an introduction, 2nd edn, Blackwell, Oxford.
Klass, M & Weisgrau, M (eds) 1999, Across the boundaries of belief: contemporary issues in the anthropology of religion, Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado.
Klass, M 1995, Ordered universes: approaches to the anthropology of religion, Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado.
Lambeck, M 2008, A reader in the anthropology of religion, 2nd edn, Blackwell, Malden, Massachusetts.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
QUIZ 30 30 12 Apr 2021
ESSAY (2500-3000 WORDS) 40 40 21 May 2021
OPEN EXAM - TAKE HOME 30 30 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This will be a take home exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are: An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1, 2021:
    The exam for this course is a CLOSED EXAMINATION, and candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Date printed 18 June 2021