The World''s Religions

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The World''s Religions

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course introduces students to the major religious traditions: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism. We study the most important religious texts, spiritual leaders, nad ritual practices in history, and we also explore contemporary issues and controversies. 100% internal assessment.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1. engage with significant features of a range of religious traditions, and demonstrate knowledge of the range, variety and complexity of religions worldwide;
    2. approach the study of religion, and various religious phenomena, in a critical manner, based
    upon evaluation of primary evidence and scholarly resources;
    3. understand the study of religion as a critical discipline; that is, examine the political, economic, social, historical, conceptual and cultural dimensions of religious activity;
    4. make and defend arguments in a manner that demonstrates key research and writing skills,
    and critical awareness.

    2 essays- 50%
    3 in-class quizzes- 10%
    3 reading response assignments- 15%
    final test- 25%

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