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Unit information: Living Religions East in 2023/24

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Unit name Living Religions East
Unit code THRS10065
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Lomi
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Religion and Theology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

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 some of Asia’s principal living religions, focusing in particular on Hinduism and Buddhism (two religious traditions that together have been major cultural influences throughout Asia in areas now inhabited by half the world’s population). 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. Students will work in groups on a formative, collaborative presentation and have the opportunity to get feedback on their work.

Your learning on this unit

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

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history, of religious practices and ideas with particular reference to Hinduism and Buddhism;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of how particularly Hinduism and Buddhism have informed and continue to inform cultural values and ideas about the meaning of life in Asia;
  3. analyse and explain the history, practices and ideas of Hinduism and Buddhism;
  4. identify and evaluate pertinent evidence/data in order to illustrate/demonstrate a cogent argument appropriate to level C/4.

How you will learn

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

How you will be assessed

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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