Postgraduate Course: Diversity and Identity in South Asian Religious Tradition (REST11006)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The aim of the course is to analyse the problems associated with homogenised 'world religious' identities, with reference to South Asian traditions, especially 'Hinduism'. This will involve an
analysis of different ways of constructing 'Hindu' identities, and the ways in which these relate to various kinds of diversity and dissent in Hindu traditions. The primary focus will be on the evolution of 'Hindu' identities and ultimately 'Hinduism'/'neo-Hinduism', culminating in a focus on Hindu chauvinism, defined in opposition to a homogenised 'Islam'.
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| At the conclusion of the course, students should have achieved the following:
1) An understanding of various kinds of diversity and dissent within South Asian, especially 'Hindu' traditions, and the differing ways these are articulated.
2) An understanding of the complexities associated with identity in South Asia.
3) An ability to critically appraise the use of terms such as 'Hinduism' and 'Hindutva' in academic and popular understanding.
4) A familiarity with and ability to critically assess various kinds of source material as well as different perspectives on these.
5) An ability to analyse 'Western' influences on modern understandings of 'Hinduism'.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Jeanne Openshaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 8918
|Course secretary||Ms Joanne Hendry
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227