History | Religion, Magic and Witchcraft, 1200-2000
B300 | 8727 | Schneider


A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MAs only

This course will primarily explore the great period of witch-hunts
in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Europe and New
England.  As background, it will also provide students with an
understanding the religious, social and cultural contexts that gave
rise to these events, as well as investigate more modern and even
contemporary phenomena which beg comparison with early witch
prosecutions.  In the latter part of the course, we will turn to
this phenomenon in modern times and look at both the Devil and the
Witch as enduring features of Western, and even non-Western,
culture.