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Study of World Religions

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Study of World Religions

  • Union Module Code: SWR
  • Queens Module Code: THE2061


Year 2




This course will provide an introduction to the main world religions and the challenges they face. The course recognises that most, if not all students will come from a culturally Christian background so, while Christianity’s position as a world religion among others is presented, its unique position in the culture and experience of students and in UTC as an institution cannot be ignored.

Students of theology will be already be familiar with the Hebrew scriptures, which gives a context for the study of Judaism. The role of Islam in the world is frequently in the news and students may have encountered it at A-Level. Hinduism and Buddhism are probably the least familiar to Western Europeans, although ideas from these religions have become part of the religious landscape in the West.

As well as providing an introduction to each of these religions the course will give an introduction to the study of religion, the variety of Christian responses to other religions and the challenges posed by pluralist societies, secularism and fundamentalism.



Assessment is by Web search (20%), Book review presentation (40%), Essay (40%).

Learning Outcomes

Students will develop a sympathetic and critical understanding of the significance of religion as a world-wide phenomenon. They will be able to understand the basic teachings of the four major world religions. Students will also be able to understand non-Christian religions from the perspective of the majority religious culture in the UK and Ireland.

Skills: Students will develop the capacity to critically evaluate strengths and weaknesses in various religious systems and to derive an appropriate response to persons and institutions whose religious beliefs differ from their own.

Note: This is an important module for anyone hoping to apply for a PGCE in Religious Studies.


LECTURE DAY & TIME: L1 Mon 2pm; L2 Mon 3pm.


NOTE: This module runs in the Spring Semester.