RLB510 Neopaganism

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2016
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Matouš Vencálek (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. David Zbíral, Ph.D.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Šárka Londa Vondráčková
Supplier department: Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
each even Monday 12:30–14:05 J22
RLA01 Introduction to Religion || RLKA01 Introduction to Religion
The students of the Study of Religions are required to be absolvents of the course Introduction to the Study of Religions. The capability of students from other fields will be assessed individually.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 50 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/50, only registered: 0/50, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/50
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
After finishing the course the student will:
Know basic facts about Contemporary Paganism;
Know the roots, evolution and typology of neopagan movements;
Know the evolution and trends in the study of Contemporary Paganism;
Be able to analyze theoretical and methodological problems of the study of Contemporary Paganism and the causes of troubles that affect the construction of Contemporary Pagansim as a scientific category.
  • Introduction; Neo-paganism – delimitation and the problems of definition; Roots and evolution of Contemporary Paganism in the world; Roots and evolution of Contemporary Paganism in the Czech and Slovak Republic; Typology and taxonomy of Neo-pagan movements; Remarkable Neo-pagan movements I; Remarkable Neo-pagan movements II; Remarkable Neo-pagan movements III; Neo-paganism and Society I; Neo-paganism and Society II; Shaping of Pagan Studies; Pagan Studies and its problems; Final test
    required literature
  • ANCZYK, Adam and Matouš VENCÁLEK. Coming Home to Paganism: Theory of Religious Conversion or a Theological Principle? Studia Religiologica, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, 2013, vol. 46, No 3, p. 161-171. ISSN 0137-2432. doi:10.4467/20844077SR.13.013.1601. info
  • Davidsen M. A. (2012). What is Wrong with Pagan Studies? Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 24, 183–199.
  • Davy, B. J. (2007). Introduction to Pagan Studies. Plymouth: Altamira Press
  • Ezzy, D. & Berger, H. A. (2009). Witchcraft: Changing patterns of participation in the early twenty-first century. The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, 11 (2), 165–180.
  • Modern paganism in world cultures : comparative perspectives. Edited by Michael F. Strmiska. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2005. ix, 382. ISBN 1851096132. info
Teaching methods
The course consists of lectures. Part of home preparation is reading of the provided literature, some of which requires elaboration and timely submission of a position paper.
Assessment methods
To absolve this course the students are required to:

3) Pass the final test (at least 60 points out of 100).
4) Submit (in time) three position papers on provided literature. Position papers are to be submitted until Sunday (11:59 p.m. CET) of the week preceding the date of the lecture.
a. The position paper will have max. 2 pages (i.e. 3,600 characters), will be written in correct English (Czech/Slovak) without typos or grammatical errors.
b. Will meet the requirements provided.
c. Will contain your reactions and questions.

Position papers are to be submitted into the appropriate subfolder of Study materials in the Information system. The subfolder will be equipped with a date of the respective lecture and the time for submitting papers will be limited. If the position paper is not handed in in time, the student will be classified with an N without the right for a resit.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Zápis mimo religionistiku je podmíněn souhlasem vyučujícího.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2016, recent)
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