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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 099 Satan, Devils, Demons, and the Other

Is Barney the Dinosaur really Satan? Are devil worshippers sacrificing young women? This seminar examines cases in which particular groups of people have been identified as a source of evil, e.g. Jews in medieval Europe, Satanists and New Agers in twentieth-century America, America as the "Great Satan." Under what circumstances are certain groups likely to be deemed evil? What are the dynamics and consequences of attributing evil to particular groups of people?