ANTH108-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Witchcraft, Magic and The Dead

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course aims to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions about witchcraft, magic and the dead, as well as introducing students to key anthropological concerns such as ritual, symbolism and religion.

Learning Outcomes

This course will enable each participant to:
- Consider witchcraft, magic, and death in human societies from an anthropological perspective.
- Compare and contrast magical beliefs and practices, and their place in people’s lives, in both the past and in the contemporary world.
- Discuss the significance and meaning of religion, symbolism, and ritual, and their relationship to topics explored in the course.
- Critically reflect on the nature of knowledge and norms, including indigenous models, in a personal learning journal.
- Complete a research project that applies anthropological frameworks developed in the course to the study of death in a particular context.
- Critically assess primary source materials related to witchcraft and witch-hunting.
- Contribute effectively in group and co-operative work.
- Develop an anthropological imagination for the study of humanity.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Lyndon Fraser


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Field report 35%
Witchcraft Essay 35%
Learning journal 30%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All ANTH108 Occurrences

  • ANTH108-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023