A study of new religious movements (NRMs) in the modern world.
This paper focuses on the history, membership and main features of various religious organisations, including Rastafarianism, ISKCON (the Hare Krishnas), Wicca, the Black Muslims, Marian Apparitional Movements and UFO cults.
|Paper title||New Religious Movements|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2018|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- 36 points
- RELS 306, RELX 214, RELX 306
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- May not be credited together with RELS 231 passed in 2007.
- 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
- Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee
- Paper Structure
- One 2,500 word essay 25%
- Five online tutorial contributions 25%
- Two-hour exam 50%
- Teaching Arrangements
- Campus: Weekly lectures
Distance: Online discussion
- A coursebook has been developed for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy,
Research, Communication skills.
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- Learning Outcomes
- On completion of the paper, students should be able to
- Demonstrate knowledge of the key concepts and ideas that lie behind the contemporary literature on new religious movements (NRMs)
- Be familiar with the dominant theories on the formation of NRMs, NRMs leadership and apostasy
- Appreciate the ethical issues and controversies that NRMs provoke
- Present analytical arguments in essay form on chosen topics