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DR1072: RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD: THE ANCIENT WORLD (2017-2018)

Last modified: 15 Sep 2017 14:47


Course Overview

This course introduces students to the academic study of religion and develops a Religious Studies perspective on religions. Religions of the ancient world will be explored in their historical, systematic, and practical/ritual dimensions. The course deals with three major religious traditions of antiquity, i.e., Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In addition, the course introduces students to the study of religion, dealing with issues such as: defining religion; insider/outsider problem in the study of religion; belief belief; and rituals as constitutive elements of the religious phenomena across time and space.  Download Course Guide

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study Yes
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Sam Newington

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

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • DR1572 Religions of the World: the Ancient World (Studied)
  • RS1009 Religions of the World 1 - Ancient Traditions (Distance) (Studied)
  • RS1507 Religions of the World 1 - Ancient Traditions (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course:

• introduces students to the academic study of religion

• develops a Religious Studies perspective on religions.

Religions of the ancient world will be explored in their historical, systematic, and practical/ritual dimensions.

Students will:

• have acquired knowledge of what constitutes ‘religion’ and the various approaches to the academic study of religion

• understand religious traditions as multi-dimensional constructs

• be able to interpret the basic features of the traditions studied

• be able to critically read and analyse primary and secondary sources dealing with religion/s.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

33 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt

  • Two 1500-word essays (50% each)

Resit

  • One 2-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment principally takes the form of conversation amongst instructors and students during tutorial sessions, and this will form an essential part of the work of the lectures.

Feedback

Students get detailed feedback on their essay. Written feedback on exam performance is available on request.

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