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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.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
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?
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Two Short Reflection Papers: (25% each)
Poster project (A3 poster and 600 word commentary) (50%)
Resit involves resubmission of course work.
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.
Students will receive written feedback on all summative assessment exercises. Tutorials will also provide peer-feedback, as will the post-presentation.