ant3awh anthropology of witch hunts



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

During Europe's Great Witch-Hunt, around 60,000 people were tried and killed under suspicion of attending Satanic sabbats. In 1690s Salem, frightening visions and fits led to dozens of hangings. But witch-hunts are not just things of the past. Today, hatred and fear leads to the victimisation of AIDs victims and children in different parts of the world. Anthropologists offer unique and profound insights into witch-hunts by applying sophisticated analytical tools, and in more recent occurrences, by actually being there when such victimisation occurs. In this subject, we critically examine their research.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Herriman

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEurope's Inner Demons: An Enquiry Inspired by the Great Witch-Hunt.PreliminaryCohn, N 1975SUSSEX UNIVERSITY PRESS, CHATTO
ReadingsReturn to LaughterPreliminaryDaviesREADERS, LONDON
ReadingsWitches & neighbours: the social and cultural context of European witchcraftPreliminaryBriggs, R 1998PENGUIN, NEW YORK

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically evaluate key texts related to witch-hunts.

Multiple choice questions.

02. Write a critical and coherent essay that demonstrates awareness of benefits and shortcomings of various anthropological theories.

Essay, final exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills(Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills(Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)

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