An introduction to the three major religions which originated in the Middle East.
The paper aims to acquaint students with the key beliefs, practices and communities of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We first examine the origins and important historical developments of the three religions, culminating in their encounters with modernity. We then analyse and compare a range of issues confronted in different ways by Jews, Christians and Muslims, including: claims to being monotheistic; interpretations of sacred texts; reasons for violence and fundamentalism; roles for and treatment of women; views on the proper relationship between religion and the state.
|Paper title||Introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam|
|Points||18 points 18 points|
|Teaching period(s)||Second Semester, Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- RELX 101
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- Dr Deane Galbraith, email@example.com
- More information link
View more information on the Religion website: www.otago.ac.nz/religion
- Teaching staff
- Lecturer: Dr Deane Galbraith
Course Co-ordinator: Dr John Shaver
- Paper Structure
After a brief methodological introduction, the first section of the paper outlines the origins and history of each of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, discussing and analysing key beliefs, practices and communities. The second, longer section of the paper offers a topical analysis of the three religions, critically examining their differing engagements with such issues as monotheism, sacred texts, violence and fundamentalism, the role of women, and the intersection of religion and state.
- Essay (1,500-2,000 words) 20%
- Report 15%
- Final exam 65%
- Teaching Arrangements
Campus: Lectures are held twice weekly (50 minutes each). In addition, there are six 1-hour tutorial sessions, which are conducted in small groups.
Distance: Recordings of the lectures will be available via Otago Capture. In addition, six online discussions will be set up so that distance students can converse about the materials and to allow monitoring and feedback of progress.
- There is no textbook. A course outline will be available in print and PDF form. All readings for the paper will be made available on eReserve, which may be accessed via Blackboard.
- Course outline
- View sample course outline for RELS 101
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
- Identify and discuss the principal beliefs characteristic of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
- Identify and discuss the most common practices associated with each religion
- Identify and discuss key moments in the historical development of all three traditions
- Discuss some of the ways in which the adherents of each religion have responded to the challenges of modernity