REL 273
Heroes, Saints and Celebrity
Last Offered Fall 2018
Division II
Cross-listed REL 273 / ANTH 222
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This course examines the ways in which cultures select, ritually celebrate, institutionally harness, and ultimately devour people designated as ‘extraordinary’. We will begin by considering cultural archetypes and theories of the hero and how heroism has been understood in different eras and cultural contexts. Using Weber’s theory of charisma as a foundation, we will look at a number of specific case studies to evaluate the relationship between individual creativity and action and the demands of social conformity and control. Finally, we will examine how charisma is commoditized in the form of the celebrity in contemporary American culture.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1084
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, two short response papers, research paper, final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Anthropology and Sociology majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 273 Division II ANTH 222 Division II

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