The Human Cosmos

Subject ANTH30003 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment: An average of 8.5 hours each week.
Prerequisites: 25 points of 2nd year Arts subjects
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: At least one core 2nd year Anthropology and Social Theory subject
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Douglas Lewis


Dr Douglas Lewis

Subject Overview:

This subject is an introduction to the anthropological study of religion by an examination of myth and/or ritual, with ethnographic examples drawn mainly from Pacific Rim cultures. Students who complete this subject will have acquired a grounding in the anthropological and comparative study of myth and/or ritual. a knowledge of the varieties of religious practice. a knowledge of the principal theories and methods anthropologists employ in the study of religion. and a knowledge of the relationships between cosmology and society.


Students who sucessfully complete this subject will:

  • have acquired a grounding in the anthropological and comparative study of religion.
  • have acquired a knowledge of the principal theories and methods employed by anthropologists in the analysis of myth and ritual systems.
  • have a knowledge of the range of varieties of religious experience and representation in the world"s societies.
Assessment: An essay of 2500 words 60% (due at the start of the examination period) and three 500 word tutorial papers 40% (due the 3rd, 6th and 9th week of semester).
Prescribed Texts:
  • A book of readings will be available from the University Book Shop and online through LMS prior to the start of semester.
  • Rappaport, R.A. Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity
  • 1 text TBA
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who sucessfully complete this subject will:

  • have practice in conducting research and speaking articulately.
  • have practice in writing clearly in a variety of formats and reading with attention to detail.
  • have experience of systematically evaluating a body of empirical data and identifying its theoretical context.
  • have experience of methods of critical inquiry and argument leading to improved analytical skills.
  • have acquired awareness of issues relating to cross-cultural communication.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology
Anthropology && Social Theory
Anthropology and Development
Anthropology and Development
Anthropology and Social Theory
Anthropology and Social Theory

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