Studies in Religion (2018)

The study of religion draws on a wide range of methodologies including history, philosophy, politics, sociology, and cultural studies to name but a few. It involves learning about religious phenomena and a quest for insight and understanding of human existence. Religion and culture are often closely intertwined. The study of religion provides a window onto cultures past and present. The appropriate context for the study of religion is that of critical empathy: neither seeking to denigrate nor promote, but rather to describe, analyse and evaluate and, hopefully, arrive at a position of informed understanding. The Studies in Religion programme involves a combination of Religious Studies (RELS) papers together with nominated papers from other subjects. Together, these papers enable a student to create a coherent programme of specialist study that will provide a stimulating complement to a large number of other subject areas.

Note: There will be no new enrolments in the Studies in Religion major in 2018. Students enrolled in 2017 or previously should consult the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice.


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  • Graduate Study

    Studies in Religion is not currently a subject for graduate programmes. However, students may count 500 level RELS-coded papers towards their graduate programme in another subject, at the discretion of the Programme Convenor.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    RELS101World Religions: Origins and DevelopmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    RELS102World Religions: Contemporary Life and PracticeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    STREL101World Religions: Origins and Development18A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the study of religions, to the main religions of the world, and to select issues of religion in the world today.
    STREL102World Religions: Contemporary Life and Practice18A (Hamilton)
    A comparative examination of contemporary values and practices in the major world religions, this paper will involve a critical exploration of life-cycle rituals and beliefs, from birth to death, food and clothing preferences, festivals and other activities associated with what religions do.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ANTHY207Magic, Cosmology and Religion18A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to the anthropological study of religion and illustrates the crucial role religion has played in shaping human societies and human history more generally.
    FASS296Work PlacementThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    HIST208Religion, Superstition and Witchcraft in Early Modern EuropeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    RELS202Contemporary Issues in Religion: Extremism and TerrorThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    RELS205Interreligious Relations: Christianity and IslamThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    RELS206Studying Religion in Secular Society: Contemporary PerspectivesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    RELS215Islam: Religious Contours and Critical IssuesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FASS396Work Placement18D (Block)
    This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
    HIST308Religion, Superstition and Witchcraft in Early Modern EuropeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    PHIL305Philosophy of Religion18B (Hamilton)
    A detailed examination of selected issues in the field of philosophy of religion including the idea of God, the problem of evil, religious language and religious experience.
    POLS300Religion and Political Violence18A (Online), 18S (Online) & 18T (Online)
    This paper in the history of political ideas examines Christian attitudes to political violence over the past 2000 years. It gives students knowledge and understanding of both Christian pacifism and Christian 'just war' thought. It does this by examining writings of major Christian thinkers, including Augustine, Aquinas, Luther and...
    RELS306Contemporary Issues in Religion: Extremism and Terror18B (Hamilton)
    A critical exploration of selected contemporary issues in the study of religion.
    RELS390Directed Study18A (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    SMST311Screen, Spirituality and CultureThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    RELS590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    RELS591Dissertation18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 19 July 2018 11:44am

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