Magic, Science and Religion

Course Description

Introduction to the analysis of systems of observation, deduction, reasoning, belief, and practical action across human culture past and present. Issues and topics include symbol, myth, and narrative; ritual and altered states of consciousness; specialist practitioners; healing, illness, and death; and relations between religion, science, politics, intercultural encounter, and historical change.

Class Details

CRN Course Section Days Times Instructor Loc
36471 ANTH 5 50Z ······· TBA-TBA Daniel Solomon ONLINE

Class Materials: View textbook and/or other materials for this course available at the Bookstore.
Class Dates: This class runs from 2024-01-08 to 2024-03-29.
ANTH-005.-50Z-: This is an online class that does not have scheduled meetings. Students can log in anytime to do the required weekly course work. Students must have access to a computer, the internet and an individual email address. We recommend a laptop or desktop computer to successfully complete the course; a tablet or phone may not be adequate for all assignments and tests. Most De Anza classes will use the Canvas course management system. Information about Canvas and Online Education Orientation can be found in Canvas on the Student Resources page: The Student Online Resources hub with extensive information and tips can be found at

Course Details

4 Units
  • Weekly Lecture Hours: 4
  • Weekly Lab Hours: 0
Gen Ed
General Education Class
Program Status
Program Applicable
Credit - Degree Applicable
Grading Method
Letter Grading

General Course Statement

General Statement
See general education pages for the requirements this course meets.

Requisite and Advisory

EWRT D001A or EWRT D01AH or ESL D005.
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