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LPS 145: Special Topics (International Focus)

Spring 2015:

LPS 145: Witches, Sorcerers and the State
This course will explore how views about witchcraft and sorcery changed over time and have varied in different regions of the world. With an emphasis on Britain and its former colonies in North America, the Caribbean, and Africa, it will examine why laws about witchcraft were passed, who was prosecuted and how societies responded to these statutes. This course will cover the Salem Witch Trials, religious rituals in Caribbean slave rebellions, and contemporary violence against “witches” in Africa, among other things.

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