Anthropology of Witch Hunts

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Anthropology of Witch Hunts

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, History, Justice Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    During Europe's Great Witch-Hunt, around 60,000 people were tried and killed under suspicion of attending Satanic sabbats. In 1690s Salem, frightening visions and fits led to dozens of hangings. But witch-hunts are not just things of the past. Today, hatred and fear leads to the victimisation of AIDs victims and children in different parts of the world. Anthropologists offer unique and profound insights into witch-hunts by applying sophisticated analytical tools, and in more recent occurrences, by actually being there when such victimisation occurs. In this subject, we critically examine their research.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.