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Study Religious Studies at Otago

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Overview

The subject matter of Religious Studies is the world's religions. Religious Studies seeks both to understand religion as a universal human phenomenon and to explore the variety of ways in which people express their religious commitments in thought and action. Since Religious Studies students study a wide variety of societies and cultures, this is a subject which can be profitably included within most courses of study.

Papers in Religious Studies are designed to be accessible to everyone, irrespective of religious background. The subject would be particularly useful to students of History, Philosophy, Political Studies, Classical Studies, Education, Psychology, Anthropology and Art History. Students who have majored in Religious Studies at Otago have gone on to careers in teaching, religious and social work, counselling, librarianship, business (especially marketing) and government.

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Contact details

Website: http://www.otago.ac.nz/religion

Email: religion@otago.ac.nz

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Religious Studies (RELS) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Religious Studies

Level Papers Points
100-level

RELS 101  Judaism, Christianity and Islam

RELS 102  Hinduism and Buddhism

18

18

200-level

Three 200-level RELS papers

PHIL 229  Philosophy of Religion, may be substituted for one 200-level RELS paper

54
300-level

Four 300-level RELS papers

BIBS 317  God, Suffering and Justice, may be substituted for one paper

72
Plus

198 further points; must include 18 pointsin BIBS or CHTH and 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

Note: Every programme must also include at least one BIBS or CHTH paper.

198
Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Religious Studies

Papers

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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Religious Studies

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Religious Studies is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

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Master of Arts (MA) in Religious Studies

  • Thesis: RELS 5

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Minor Subject Requirements

Religious Studies as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) or Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

RELS 101  Judaism, Christianity and Islam

RELS 102  Hinduism and Buddhism

18

18

200-level

Two 200-level RELS papers

36

300-level

One 300-level RELS paper

BIBS 317  God, Suffering and Justice, may be substituted for one paper

18
Total   90

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