Arguing About Religion: Discourse and Debate

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Arguing About Religion: Discourse and Debate

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 200-level pts from the BA Schedule

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will examine the role of theory and methodology in the contemporary academic study of religion. Topics include: the methodological history of Religious Studies; category formation, evidence and findings in the study of religion; Theology versus Religious Studies; the phenomenological method and beyond; recent developments in the social scientific study of religions; contemporary empirical studies of religion; current critiques of religion; and post-modern accounts of religion. 100% internal assessment.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1. discuss current public and scholarly debates about religion in public and scholarly contexts;
    2. critically engage with the issues and debates found in scholarly literature on methodology
    and theory in the study of religions;
    3. demonstrate academic autonomy, that is, the capability to develop frameworks for the
    undertaking of research and the confident presentation of findings in writing;
    4. develop their advanced research skills by preparing a project on a chosen topic;
    5. develop their communication skills, through an oral presentation and through written

    Essays- 50%
    Quizzes- 15%
    Oral presentation- 10%
    Test- 25%

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