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DR1550: RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD: THE NEAR EAST (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 Jul 2017 16:19


Course Overview

This course develops a Religious Studies perspective on religions. Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions will be explored in their historical, systematic, and practical/ritual dimensions. This course will not seek whether one religion is more advanced, better, or prefarable over another. The  'truth' claims made by those traditions are not the subject of the course. On the contrary, issues such as: what does the term 'Abrahamic' mean? What are the main differences and similarities between those traditions and their respective founders? lie at the core of this course's aims.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study Yes
Co-ordinators
  • Alesandra Cecolin

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?

  • DR1050 Religions of the World: the Near East (Studied)
  • DR2073 Religions of the World: the Near East (Studied)
  • DR2573 Religions of the World: the Near East (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course develops a Religious Studies perspective on religions. Religious traditions that have originated in the Near East, such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam, will be explored in their historical, systematic, and practical/ritual dimensions.

Students will

• have learnt to distinguish a Religious-Studies perspective from other academic and non-academic perspectives

• 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

  • Bachelor of Divinity (with Honours)

Contact Teaching Time

30 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt

  • One 2000-word essay (40%)
  • One 2-hour written exam (60%)
Resit
  • One 2-hour written exam (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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