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RELS325 Science, Religion, and Knowledge (Advanced)

Are religion and science in conflict? Beginning with this question, the nature of religion and science and the differing conceptions of knowledge found in scientific and religious communities are examined.

Are science and religion in conflict? The idea that religion and science are in conflict was popular in the nineteenth century. It has recently been revived by the 'new atheists', writers such as Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. But is it true? What is the relation between science and religion? Are they really at war? The paper invites students to answer this question by offering an analysis of the differing conceptions of knowledge to be found in scientific and religious communities

Paper title Science, Religion, and Knowledge (Advanced)
Paper code RELS325
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One 200-level RELS, RELX, or PHIL paper
Restriction
RELS 225
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Course outline
View sample course outline for RELS 325
Contact
gregory.dawes@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Associate Professor Greg Dawes
Paper Structure
The paper has six parts:
  • Part One: The Warfare Thesis
  • Part Two: Science and Religion
  • Part Three: Creationism as Case
  • Part Four: Locating the Conflict
  • Part Five: Norms and Knowledge
  • Part Six: Science as a Religion
Assessment:
  • In-class tests: 10%
  • Essay: 25%
  • Final examination: 65%
Teaching Arrangements
Two 50-minute lectures each week, with opportunities for class discussion
Textbooks
A coursebook has been developed for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to
  • Describe the nineteenth-century conflict thesis and the recent responses to it
  • Offer a careful analysis of the various uses of the terms 'science' and 'religion'
  • Describe the various dimensions of religion and the debates regarding the scope of science
  • Analyse the conception of knowledge that is dominant in religious communities

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41

Are religion and science in conflict? Beginning with this question, the nature of religion and science and the differing conceptions of knowledge found in scientific and religious communities are examined.

Are science and religion in conflict? The idea that religion and science are in conflict was popular in the nineteenth century. It has recently been revived by the 'new atheists', writers such as Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. But is it true? What is the relation between science and religion? Are they really at war? The paper invites students to answer this question by offering an analysis of the differing conceptions of knowledge to be found in scientific and religious communities

Paper title Science, Religion, and Knowledge (Advanced)
Paper code RELS325
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.

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Prerequisite
One 200-level RELS, RELX, or PHIL paper
Restriction
RELS 225
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Contact
gregory.dawes@otago.ac.nz.
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Associate Professor Greg Dawes
Paper Structure
The paper has six parts:
  • Part One: The Warfare Thesis
  • Part Two: Science and Religion
  • Part Three: Creationism as Case
  • Part Four: Locating the Conflict
  • Part Five: Norms and Knowledge
  • Part Six: Science as a Religion
Assessment:
  • In-class tests: 10%
  • Essay: 25%
  • Final examination: 65%
Teaching Arrangements
Two 50-minute lectures each week, with opportunities for class discussion
Textbooks
A coursebook has been developed for this paper.
Course outline
View sample course outline for RELS 325
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to
  • Describe the nineteenth-century conflict thesis and the recent responses to it
  • Offer a careful analysis of the various uses of the terms 'science' and 'religion'
  • Describe the various dimensions of religion and the debates regarding the scope of science
  • Analyse the conception of knowledge that is dominant in religious communities

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard