Overview

    A study of new religious movements 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title New Religious Movements
    Subject Religious Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period(s) Summer School (Distance learning)
    Summer School (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $955.05
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Prerequisite
    18 200-level RELS or RELX points
    Restriction
    RELS 214, RELX 214, RELX 306
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Theology
    Notes
    (i) May not be credited together with RELS231 passed in 2007. (ii) Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
    Contact

    Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee

    Teaching staff
    Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee
    Paper Structure
    • Two 4,000-word essays 80%
    • Five online tutorial contributions 20%
    • No final examination
    Teaching Arrangements

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

    Campus: Weekly lectures
    Distance: Online discussion

    Textbooks
    A coursebook has been developed for this paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Communication skills.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of the paper, students should be able to
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the terminology, key theories and debates that lie behind the contemporary literature on new religious movements (NRMs)
    • Be familiar with the dominant theories of the formation on NRMs, NRMs leadership and apostasy
    • Explore, through critical analysis, the ethical issues and controversies provoked by NRMs
    • Develop creative and critical approaches when carrying out independent study on a NRM using primary and secondary sources, as well as audio-visual resources

    Timetable

    Summer School

    Location
    Dunedin
    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
    Blackboard

    Summer School

    Location
    Dunedin
    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
    Blackboard

    Lecture

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 2-5, 7
    Tuesday 12:00-12:50 2-7
    Wednesday 12:00-12:50 2-7
    Thursday 12:00-12:50 2-7

    Overview

    A study of new religious movements 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title New Religious Movements
    Subject Religious Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2024 have not yet been set
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Prerequisite
    18 200-level RELS or RELX points
    Restriction
    RELS 214, RELX 214, RELX 306
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Theology
    Notes
    (i) May not be credited together with RELS231 passed in 2007. (ii) Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
    Contact

    Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee

    Teaching staff
    Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee
    Paper Structure
    • Two 4,000-word essays 80%
    • Five online tutorial contributions 20%
    • No final examination
    Teaching Arrangements

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

    Campus: Weekly lectures
    Distance: Online discussion

    Textbooks
    A coursebook has been developed for this paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Communication skills.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of the paper, students should be able to
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the terminology, key theories and debates that lie behind the contemporary literature on new religious movements (NRMs)
    • Be familiar with the dominant theories of the formation on NRMs, NRMs leadership and apostasy
    • Explore, through critical analysis, the ethical issues and controversies provoked by NRMs
    • Develop creative and critical approaches when carrying out independent study on a NRM using primary and secondary sources, as well as audio-visual resources

    Timetable

    Not offered in 2024

    Location
    Dunedin
    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
    Blackboard
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