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Study Religious Studies at Otago

Carrington College students

Overview

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

Email religion@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/religion

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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 Introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam

RELS 102  Introduction to 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

198
Total   360

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

Papers
  • RELS 490 Dissertation

  • RELS 415  Method and Theory in the Study of Religion

  • Two further 400-level RELS papers

    An approved paper may be substituted for one 400-level RELS paper

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Master of Arts (MA) in Religious Studies

Thesis
  • Thesis: RELS 5

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Master of Arts (MA) in Religious Studies - coursework option

Papers
  • RELS 590 Research Dissertation
  • Two of:
    HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities

  • Further RELS papers at either 400- or 500-level worth 60 points.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Religious Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

RELS 101  Introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam

RELS 102  Introduction to 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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