Theories of religion in relation to society and the human mind; approaches to religion through cross-cultural study of some of its major elements such as myth, ritual and symbol.
This paper aims to equip students with a knowledge of the major theoretical approaches in the study of religion and an understanding of some of the principal topics that have defined the cross-cultural study of religion. The paper is required for Honours and is intended also to assist with selecting an approach to the topic studied for the dissertation.
|Paper title||Method and Theory in the Study of Religion|
|Points||20 points 20 points|
|Teaching period(s)||First Semester, First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,098.05|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,352.87|
- 18 300-level RELS or RELX points
- RELX 415
- Limited to
- BA(Hons), PGDipArts
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Theology and Religion's websites: www.otago.ac.nz/theology or www.otago.ac.nz/religion
- Teaching staff
- Lecturer: John Shaver
- Paper Structure
- The paper will proceed by discussion of selected readings, which will in part be chosen
to reflect the interests of the students in the paper.
- Class participation (10%)
- Presentation (20%)
- Two presentation responses (15%)
- Essay (55%)
- Teaching Arrangements
- Weekly seminars (two hours) for both on-campus and distance students (via Zoom).
- There is no textbook for this paper. Readings will be made available in class.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking,
Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper should have a sound knowledge of
- Key themes in the study of religion, such as sacrifice, magic, myth, ritual, symbol
- Representative theories of religion arising from the anthropological and sociological study of religion
- Debates surrounding the issue of objectivity in the study of religion