World Religions in Context (WREL2001)

UNIT OF STUDY

Students will investigate typologies of 'religion', distinguishing between 'world religions' and other 'religions' (particularly indigenous religions), and recognise that these classifications resulted from European colonialism and the encounter of Christianity with other religions (in Asia, the Americas, and Africa). Religions with scriptures, priesthoods, and institutions paralleling those of Biblical traditions were privileged over oral cultures and indigenous religions. Students study methods of textual criticism and historical investigation of the 'origins' of religion, from which emerged the discipline of 'religious studies'.

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Classes

1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

Assessment

1x1000wd field report (25%), 1x1000wd methodological exercise (25%), 1x750wd essay plan presentation (10%), 1x1750wd essay (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 junior credit points from Studies in Religion

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