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RELS214 New Religious Movements

A study of new religious movements (NRMs) in the modern world.

This paper focuses on the history, membership and main features of various religious organisations, including Rastafarianism, ISKCON (the Hare Krishnas), Wicca, the Black Muslims, Marian Apparitional Movements and UFO cults.

Paper title New Religious Movements
Paper code RELS214
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
36 points
Restriction
RELS 306, RELX 214, RELX 306
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Notes
May not be credited together with RELS 231 passed in 2007.
Eligibility
Course outline
Contact
elizabeth.guthrie-higbee@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee
Paper Structure
Assessment:
  • One 2,500 word essay 25%
  • Five online tutorial contributions 25%
  • Two-hour exam 50%
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: Weekly lectures
Distance: Online discussion
Textbooks
A coursebook has been developed for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, communication skills.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of the paper, students should be able to
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the key concepts and ideas that lie behind the contemporary literature on new religious movements (NRMs)
  • Be familiar with the dominant theories on the formation of NRMs, NRMs leadership and apostasy
  • Appreciate the ethical issues and controversies that NRMs provoke
  • Present analytical arguments in essay form on chosen topics

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

A study of new religious movements (NRMs) in the modern world.

This paper focuses on the history, membership and main features of various religious organisations, including Rastafarianism, ISKCON (the Hare Krishnas), Wicca, the Black Muslims, Marian Apparitional Movements and UFO cults.

Paper title New Religious Movements
Paper code RELS214
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

Prerequisite
36 points
Restriction
RELS 306, RELX 214, RELX 306
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Notes
May not be credited together with RELS 231 passed in 2007.
Eligibility
Contact
elizabeth.guthrie-higbee@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee
Paper Structure
Assessment:
  • One 2,500 word essay 25%
  • Five online tutorial contributions 25%
  • Two-hour exam 50%
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: Weekly lectures
Distance: Online discussion
Textbooks
A coursebook has been developed for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Communication skills.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of the paper, students should be able to
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the key concepts and ideas that lie behind the contemporary literature on new religious movements (NRMs)
  • Be familiar with the dominant theories on the formation of NRMs, NRMs leadership and apostasy
  • Appreciate the ethical issues and controversies that NRMs provoke
  • Present analytical arguments in essay form on chosen topics

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard