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DIVINITY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES

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RS 3013 / RS 3513
UNDERSTANDING NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr L Pokorny

Pre-requisite(s): None. Available to students in Programme Year 3 or above. Students of non-DRS subjects are required to get permission from the course co-ordinator prior to admission.

Note(s): This course will be available as RS 3513 in 2012/13.

The focus of the course will be on the development and the main doctrinal tenets of "new" religious traditions, ie movements that have been founded in the past 200 years. Theoretical approaches of defining "new" religions will be examined. Major characteristics and similarities in terms of development, organization structure, and doctrine will be discussed.

1 two-hour seminar per week.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%); one 2,500 word essay (30%); one class presentation (10%); one handout (10%).

Admission to the exam depends on the submission of all coursework and each item's assessment at CAS 6 or above.

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Admission to the exam depends on the submission of all coursework and each item's assessment at CAS 6 or above.