• Turkish
  • English
Course Code: 
ANT 356
Semester: 
Spring
Course Type: 
Area Elective
P: 
3
Lab: 
0
Laboratuvar Saati: 
0
Credits: 
3
ECTS: 
5
Course Language: 
English
Course Objectives: 
The course will focus on various tribal societies in Central Asia and on the healing roles of shamans, the sources of their ritual power, and their contribution to the solidarity and health of their societies, both historically and currently.
Course Content: 

Important sources and original texts on the history of Central Asian shamanism will be studied; characteristics of Shaman candidates, Shaman skills, accessories and functions will be discussed; shamanistic traditions of Central Asian Turks and Western Turks will be comparatively studied.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion 4: Simulation 5: Case Study
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, B: Multiple Choice C: Homework D: Fill in the blanks E: True or false F: Oral exam G: Portfolio

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program

Learning Outcomes

Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
  1. General introduction to shamanism
1,2,3,5,7 1,2,3 A,C
  1. The structure and characteristics of Centrai Asian shamanism will be discussed
1,2,3,5,7 1,2,3 A,C
  1. The characteristics, upbringing and social status of shaman candidates will be evalated
1,2,3,5,7 1,2,3 A,C
  1. Shaman’s costumes, paraphernalia and ritual techniques will be studied
1,2,3,5,7 1,2,3 A,C
  1. Information about impacts on and survivals of Central Asia shamanism in modern Turkish culture  will be reviewed.
1,2,3,5,7 1,2,3 A,C

Course Flow

COURSE CONTENT
Week Topics Study Materials
1 General definitions of  shamanism. Shamanism in Central Asia, Americas, Malaysia and Eurasia. -
2 Literature review. Sources of shamanism studies. -
3 Basic elements of shamanism. -
4 Possible tasks and functions of a shaman; diseases a shaman can cure; healing techniques -
5 Main methods of shamanic activity -
6 Shaman’s helpers: Protecting and helping spirits, helping persons -
7 Shaman accessories: Shaman’s clothing and drum -
8 Midterm -
9 Shaman’s character and social status -
10 Shamanist cosmology -
11 Art, artistic dimensions of shaman activities -
12 Shaman rituals: Goals, flow and ending -
13 Shamanism and Turkish mythology, Shaman deities and Gök Tanrı. Shamanism and world religions -
14 Shamanism and Turkish folk literature, Turkish epic tradition and shamanism, shamanism in contemporary Central Asia, neo-shamanism and urban shamanism -
15 Final -

Recommended Sources

RECOMMENDED SOURCES
Textbook  
Additional Resources Eliade, M., (1999) Şamanizm, İmge Kitabevi, Ankara

İnan, A., (1986) Tarihte ve Bugün Şamanizm, TTK, Ankara

Perin, Perin (1995) Şamanizm, İletişim Yayınları, İstanbul

Material Sharing

MATERIAL SHARING
Documents  
Assignments  
Exams  

Assessment

ASSESSMENT
IN-TERM STUDIES NUMBER PERCENTAGE
Assignment 4 20
Midterm 1 30
Final 1 50
Total   100
CONTRIBUTION OF FINAL EXAMINATION TO OVERALL GRADE   50
CONTRIBUTION OF IN-TERM STUDIES TO OVERALL GRADE 1 50
Total   100

Course’s Contribution to Program

COURSE'S CONTRIBUTION TO PROGRAM
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5  
1 Main theories and concepts of social sciences in general and anthropology in particular, the physical and cultural development of humanity in the historical process, a wide spectrum of cultural patterns and archaelogical knowledge are understood and absorbed,         X  
2 The ability to analyze current phenomena with an anthropological perspective and to think analytically and critically are acquired,     X      
3 Good communication and written/oral expression skills are developed,     X      
4 Acquires professional and social ethics, as well as an elevated sense of responsibility,     X      
5 By studying the dynamics of a variety of cultural phenomena in detail, students become able to perceive and interpret the general features, geographical conditions, historical processes and dynamics of change in Turkish and other world cultures,         X  
6 Establishes and builds on a wide perception and understanding of local and global issues and develops personally and professionally,     X      
7 In accordance with Life Long Learning principles, students acquire the skill and vision to continuously seek to utilize knowledge and information from outside their fields of expertise; to make collaborations and and syntheses with their own respective repertoire of knowledge,       X    
8 Students become able to spot social issues fit for anthropological research; acquire the methods, techniques and cultural equipment necessary for field work,       X    
9 Their solo and team work skills, critical social gaze and scientifically and ethically responsible investigation abilities become augmented.      X      

ECTS

ECTS ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD BY THE COURSE DESCRIPTION
Activities Quantity Duration
(Hour)
Total
Workload
(Hour)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 14 3 42
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 1 14
Mid Term 1 21 21
Quizzes - - -
Assignments 4 5 20
Final examination 1 30 30
Total Work Load     127
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     5.08
ECTS Credit of the Course     5