Folklore | Religious Folklore & the Americas
F430 | 24787 | Shorter


Working the borderlands between Folklore, Religious Studies and
Anthropology, this course will take up the central question of how do
people make sense of their worlds in ways that science does not often
consider.  Why do people seek help from faith-healers or psychics?
What do reports of alien abduction tell us about one's cosmology or
religious worldview?  How come "traditional healers" and extra-
terrestrial stories pre-date the industrial revolution, yet they are
considered aspects of the "new age"?  True to the College Bulletin,
the course is structured as an "advanced study", meaning that
students should expect to read approximately 100 pages of text
between class meetings, to respond critically in both written and
oral form, and to produce a research paper at the end of the
semester.