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SX1517: GLOBAL ISSUES, GLOBAL RELIGIONS (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

What is the place of religion in the 21st century? How does religion contribute to major, global political issues? Will secularization eventually make religions obsolete? Can you be a scientist and be religious? Is religion bad for the environment? How does religion relate to human rights? How can the religions engage in dialogue? These pressing questions are explored in this course from a variety of academic disciplines and methods, with tutorials focused on debate and interrogation of the place of religion in contemporary world. Assessment is two short reflection papers and a poster project.

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Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Tom Greggs

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Religions are entangled with almost every issue of importance in the contemporary world. In an era of rapid globalization and growing interconnectedness, different peoples and cultures are constantly coming into contact with each other in new ways. This overlapping of peoples is particularly evident in the conflicts and tensions that impact on religious traditions when, as a result of globalisation, local communities are exposed to other cultures and different competing faiths. This course studies the many ways this phenomenon is experienced by different communities and traditions, and how this dynamic impacts on various spheres of modern culture, society, and politics. The course explores these issues from a variety of academic disciplines and methods, and asks questions such as the following: Should religious reasoning be permitted in public? Will secularization eventually make religions obsolete? Is being religious good for your health? Can you be a scientist and also be religious?


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 25 - 35
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 27 - 35

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Summative Assessments

1st attempt:

Two Short Reflection Papers: (25% each)
Poster project (A3 poster and 600 word commentary) (50%)

Resit involves resubmission of course work.

Formative Assessment

Student discussions during class time will allow opportunities for peer-interaction, and tutorials will provide on-going opportunities for receiving feedback from academic staff. A (non-assessed) general knowledge quiz will be conducted in class in the first three weeks of the course.

Feedback

Students will receive written feedback on all summative assessment exercises. Tutorials will also provide peer-feedback, as will the post-presentation.

Course Learning Outcomes

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