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Level 6

6AAH4002 Ritual

Credit value: 30
Module convenor/tutor 2015/16: Dr Serena Ferente and Dr Matthew McHaffie
Module convenor/tutor 2016/17: Dr Matthew McHaffie (semester 1 & 2), Dr Anne Goldgar (semester 1) and Dr Bérénice Guyot-Réchard (semester 2)
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminar (fortnightly)
Availability: Please see module list
Assessment: 2 x 5,000 word essays (50% each)

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

To provide a comparative perspective on the theoretical and historical understanding of ritual in religion and also in wider social contexts. By the end of the module students will have learned to review critically the theoretical and historiographical perspectives on the study of ritual and have learned to apply these skills in relation to the way ritual practices permeate social and cultural interaction in historical contexts. Students will have learned to compare the nature and functions of ritual occasions across Europe and across time periods (in the first instance across medieval and early modern European society, but the module could be extended to modern historical contexts). Through their written work, students will learn to apply the theoretical approaches studied through close examination of specific ritual occasions.

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