Ancient Cultures: The Art of Magic

Description

Deals with definitions of magic, witchcraft, religion and the connections between occult practices and religious belief/practice. Later lectures deal with the actual practice of various forms of magic in antiquity, beginning with those who practiced it, and concluding with the degrees of belief in such activities and reactions against them. Actual magic practices such as curse tablets, binding spells, alchemy and astrology are analysed. The second major component of the course is based on the fantasy world of magic and witchcraft in literature. In addition to looking at Greek and Roman literature there is a comparative element involving fairy-tales and material from the age of the Witch Hunts.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. 1. Knowledge of Ancient Magic 1.1 To offer students a sound, discipline-based study of ancient magic 1.2 To foster an interest in the course and its various components

2. 2. Appreciation of Ancient Cultural Influence 2.1 To establish and develop connections between the course, its social and cultural heritage and other subjects taught within the School of Humanities 2.2 To encourage and strengthen linkages between the social and cultural worlds of ancient Greece and Rome and the historical and social environments of Western society

3. 3. The Development of Communication Skills 3.1 Oral communication 3.2 Written communication 3.3 Electronic communication

4. 4. Research Development 4.1 Independent research skills 4.2 An ability to communicate the products of research in a clear, concise and analytical manner

Content

  1. 1. Introduction:a) Definitions of Magic and Witchcraft b) Magic and Religion: Similarities and Differences.
  2. The Deities of Magic Practitioners
  3. The Practitioners Themselves
  4. Reasons for the Practice of Magic and Witchcraft
  5. Curse Tablets, Binding Spells, Voodoo Dolls
  6. Magical Papyri and Spell-books
  7. Amulets
  8. Prophecy, Divination and Astrology
  9. Alchemy
  10. Herbalism (for healing and harm)
  11. Belief in the Degree of the Efficacy of Magic; Reactions to the Practice of Occult Arts; Magic as Charlatanism; Laws Against Magic
  12. Magic and the Occult in Literature: a) The Tools of the Witch b) Greek Witches c) Roman Witches d) Comparative Material: Fairy-tales and Material from the Age of the Witch Hunts (particularly the Malleus Maleficarum)

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): AHIS3603. Students who have successfully completed AHIS3603 are not eligible to enrol in AHIS2370.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Class test *

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case study *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial paper *

Essay: Essay *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • In Term Test: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks