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RESEARCHING END TIMES
ANTH 300.02
May 2012
Westminster College
Gretchen Siegler, PhD

Office: Foster 408 Hours: Wednesdays, 12-2, or by Appointment
E-Mail: gsiegler@westminstercollege.edu

Some have interpreted Mayan beliefs to predict that on December 21st, 2012, the world will end. Examples of apocalyptic ideas abound throughout our culture. They can be found in the media through pop culture and in the proliferation of survivalist and religious movements. This class gives you the opportunity to research this phenomenon. Some background will be provided of some of the places we find “end times” beliefs, but the emphasis in this class is on regionally held beliefs. Your job is to find the evidence--in stores catering to preparedness, in newspapers, magazines and music, on the internet, television, talk radio, and in local churches.

TEXTS: You are required to buy one text titled The End of the World As We Know It: Faith, Fatalism, and Apocalypse in America, by Daniel Wojcik. It is available in the college bookstore. Supplemental readings will also be assigned.

ANGEL: All supplemental assignments, instructions, and communication with your instructor will appear here. However, any information about grades is only provided in person with your instructor in her office.

ATTENDANCE: This is a very short and intensive school term. All assignments for the next class will be given in the previous class. For these reasons, you are required to come to every class, be on time, and stay for the whole session. Excuses for absences will only be allowed in extreme circumstances and with plenty of notice for your instructor. Unexcused absences will result in the loss of ½ grade for each class (i.e., a drop from A to A-, to B+, etc.).

PARTICIPATION (20% of your grade): Passivity is not allowed in this class. You need to read all required readings closely before the day they are due so...
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