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RS 3007 / RS 3507

Course Co-ordinator: Ms A Finger

Pre-requisite(s): Available to students from any discipline in Programme Year 3 or above.

Note(s): This course will be available as RS 3007 in 2012/13.

Starting with the media phenomenon of so-called New Atheism, including Richard Dawkins? God Delusion and the slogan of the bus campaign "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life", we will sketch out a history of the atheist present. We will trace both how contemporary discourses build on prior ones and in what ways they differ from them. This is done in line with methodological pluralism and from an interdisciplinary perspective that brings into play sociological, philosophical and [even] theological approaches to inform the academic study of ir/religion and secularity.

1 two-hour lecture/seminar block per week.

1st Attempt: One presentation (10%), one 3,000 word literature review essay (40%), one 4,000 word research essay (50%).

Resit: 1 two-hour examination (100%) provided each element of assessment is CAS 6 or above. New coursework can be submitted.