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PPR.361: Spirit Possession in Social Contexts
Tutor: Dr Andrew Dawson
•Complemented by film/video footage, the module surveys and examines the main themes, debates and approaches to ritualised spirit possession in a variety of social contexts. It also engages established social processes and emerging trends as they are expressed through a range of spirit possession motifs, repertoires and paradigms. The module encourages students to develop an analytical and interpretative framework for understanding beliefs, concrete practices and ongoing transformations concerning ritualised spirit-possession.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
Coursework: 1 essay of 3000 words. Exam: 2 hours.
Lecture and seminar (one single 3 hour block each week,
Dawson, A Summoning the Spirits: Possession and Invocation in Contemporary Religion
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