Undergraduate Course: Arguing About Religion (LLLI07023)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Questions about religion fill the media. Should the government finance faith schools? Should Muslim women be discouraged from wearing veils? Has science disproved the existence of God? We will be considering what philosophy has to say concerning some current controversies about religion and its place in the modern world.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of some key philosophical ideas in the area of the philosophy of religion and political philosophy.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the difference between simple assertion and philosophical argument and of the importance of this difference.
- Use some of the basic philosophical skills, techniques and practices associated with discussing issues on which strong and conflicting opinions are held.
- Present and evaluate fairly some arguments and ideas which may conflict with their own deeply held beliefs.
|Baggini, Julian (2003), Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford, OUP.|
Davies, Brian (1993), An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, Oxford, OUP, ch9.
Haldane, John (2003), An Intelligent Person¿s Guide to Religion, London, Duckworth.
Wainwright, William J. (2005) The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion, Oxford, OUP. (Also available on web via Oxford Scholarship online.)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||By the end of this course, students should be able to:
Engage in critical assessment of complex and emotionally charged ideas and convey that assessment in a well-structured and coherent form, both orally and in writing.
Participate in group discussions.
|Course organiser||Mr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
|Course secretary||Mr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832