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Unit information: Living Religions West in 2021/22

Unit name Living Religions West
Unit code THRS10064
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. D'Costa
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Religion and Theology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Religious traditions represent significant expressions of cultural values: understanding the past and present states of the world is not possible without some knowledge of these traditions. This unit introduces the history, ideas and practices of the three religious traditions whose history is connected and which together have informed the religious understanding of Europe and the West, namely Judaism, Christianity and Islam. With reference to matters of ethics, thought, politics and law, the unit considers how the diverse ways these religions answer questions about the world and the place of human beings within it have shaped and continue to inform the way people, both individually and collectively, live their lives and seek to find meaning and purpose.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history, practices and ideas of Judaism, Christianity and Islam;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of how these religious traditions have informed and continue to inform cultural values and ideas about the meaning of life;
  3. analyse and explain the history, practices and ideas of some of Judaism, Christianity and Islam;
  4. identify and evaluate pertinent evidence/data in order to illustrate/demonstrate a cogent argument appropriate to level C/4.

Teaching Information

2 x one-hour lecture and 2 X one-hour seminar per week

Assessment Information

1 x 250 word response piece (form) multiple choice exam (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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