Introduction to the Study of Religion

Department of Theology and Religion, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law

Details

Code 20271

Level of study First Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 and 2

Pre-requisite modules None

Other pre-requisites None

Module description

This module seeks to introduce students to a range of questions, theories and methods in the inter-disciplinary study of religion, focusing especially on the social and cultural analysis of religion. A range of case studies will be used to explore how different aspects of religion can be explored as forms of social and cultural experience and practice. Examples of this would include the ways in which religion and media interact, the place of visual and material culture in religion, the relationship between religion and popular culture, and the nature of religious experience, ritual and sacred space as lived phenomena. An introduction is also offered to wider theories and debates in sociology, cultural studies and anthropology as a basis for the study of religion.

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be delivered principally through interactive lectures, which will provide a broad range of information and ideas and also afford students the opportunity of exploring aspects of this material in more detail through group discussion and interaction. WebCT will be used to support these teaching and learning activities where appropriate. In addition to the main lectures, the module will be supported by additional staff-led small group seminars.