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Course Overview


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No

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What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description

The place of religion in contemporary pluralistic societies is a pressing and open question. This course explores tensions between the traditional 'secular state' and an emerging emphasis on particular voices of cultural minorities and religious communities. Particular attention will be given to contemporary criticism of the concept of 'secularism' as well as to the question of what place theological discourse has in the public sphere.

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Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: One 3,000 word essay (60%); one student presentation (10%); one 1,000-1,500 essay (30%).

Formative Assessment

Continuous informal assessment of performance in class, unmarked.


Feedback for in course assessment will be provided in typed form on the School's grade report sheet. Such assessment will highlight in particular those things the student has done well, and those things which could be done to strengthen the essay for a higher grade.

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