Universität Wien FIND

010069 VO Social Anthropology of Religion (2021S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates



DO 04.03.2021 16.45-18.15 DIGITAL
DO 11.03.2021 16.45-18.15 DIGITAL
DO 18.03.2021 16.45-18.15 DIGITAL
DO 25.03.2021 16.45-18.15 DIGITAL
DO 15.04.2021 16.45-18.15 DIGITAL
DO 22.04.2021 16.45-18.15 DIGITAL
DO 29.04.2021 16.45-18.15 DIGITAL
DO 06.05.2021 16.45-18.15 DIGITAL
DO 20.05.2021 16.45-18.15 DIGITAL
DO 27.05.2021 16.45-18.15 DIGITAL
DO 10.06.2021 16.45-18.15 DIGITAL
DO 17.06.2021 16.45-18.15 DIGITAL
DO 24.06.2021 16.45-18.15 DIGITAL

The course is held online until further notice.


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course will run online. If the pandemic situation will be controlled and the University will again allow on-site teaching, it will continue on the designated dates and venue. Announcements will be made on MOODLE in advance.

The aim is to introduce students to the academic discipline of the social anthropology of religion, its main theories and approaches, and its history as an important subdiscipline of the general academic study of religion.

Students will:
• acquire knowledge of what constitutes the social anthropology of religion, how it can be studied in a comparative context, and how it is different from other subdisciplines such as the psychology of religion or the sociology of religion;
• acquire knowledge of the different approaches, theories, subject matter, and perspectives of the social anthropological study of religion, covering topics such as ritual, myth, and witchcraft, among others.

Social anthropology of religion is the discipline engaged with the academic study of religion as its subject matter and social anthropology as the method of inquiry. The main objectives of this discipline is to examine the ways in which lived religious practice, and the understanding of religion, get constituted inside and outside ‘Western’ and modern contexts. Inter alia, the social anthropology of religion seeks to understand how religion is understood in different local and broader contexts, what is ‘rational’ and what ‘bizarre’ in different cultural and social contexts, and the extent to which anthropology itself is a religious and/or a scientific quest of interpreting and explaining the religious reality of divergent and diverse social mileus.

Lectures with visual and textual material in English.

Assessment and permitted materials

First possible oral exam: June 24, 2021. The exams will be held online and in groups, slots for the exams will be arranged directly with Nickolas Roubekas (no TEMPUS system needed)
Assessment and permitted materials:
Oral exam (in English).
Permitted Instruments: None.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
Oral exam (in English). For students to pass the course they will need to answer correctly at least 50% to each question asked. Failing to achieve the required threshold will result in failing the exam.

Examination topics

Examination topics:
Lecture content.

Reading list

Reading list
(1) Fiona Bowie. 2006. The Anthropology of Religion: An Introduction. 2nd edition. Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell.
(2) Michael Lambek (ed.) 2008. A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion. 2nd edition. Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell.
(3) Brian Morris. 2006. Religion and Anthropology: A Critical Introduction. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Association in the course directory

066 800 M07.5 weitere Teildisziplin (Religionsethnologie)

Last modified: Fr 03.02.2023 00:13