Undergraduate Course: Religion, Violence and Peacebuilding (DIVI08001)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||In this course students investigate the relations between religion, violence and building peace. Through consideration of a range of texts and international case studies participants analyse different kinds of theological reflection and practice, which seek to engage with the realities of violence and the practicalities of building peace.
A. Academic description:
In this course students investigate the relations between religion, violence and building peace. Through consideration of a range of texts and international case studies participants analyse different kinds of religious and theological reflection and practice, which seeks to engage with the realities of violence and the practicalities of building peace. After successful completion of this course, a student will be able to: 1) demonstrate understanding of the complex relations between religion, violence and peacebuilding 2) describe, analyse, and critically evaluate selected religious or theological approaches to religion, violence and peacebuilding 3) engage critically with selected primary sources (including books, arts and media) relating to religious violence, peacebuilding, conflict transformation, reconciliation and relevant aspects of related disciplines 4) demonstrate the ability to participate in constructive discussion and debate with other seminar members in a respectful manner.
B. Syllabus/outline content:
The course will explore both theoretical and practical issues in the field, as well as offering historical, cultural and political in a range of international settings. Case studies include countries such as: Israel-Palestine, Syria, Iran, Mozambique, Northern Ireland, Germany, Rwanda, South Africa, the UK and the USA. A wide range of themes related to religion, violence and peacebuilding will be covered (e.g. the relation between religion and violence, religiously inspired terrorism, religious peacebuilders, as well as migration, refugees, and the rise of the religious right), as well as the role of the arts (film, theatre, music, visual arts and literature) in peacebuilding. What are sometime described as the Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) come under particular scrutiny. Examples from a wide range of contexts and historical periods are considered, as a way of understanding the current relations among religions, violence and peacebuilding.
C. Student learning experience information:
Religion, Violence and Peacebuilding has a programme of three fifty minute weekly lectures plus a fifty minute tutorial per week. There will be interactive elements to the lectures, and there is a schedule of reading (and sometimes viewing) to be carried out before each tutorial. Through participation in lecture and tutorial discussions, as well as through the written work and essay in lieu of exam, students will demonstrate their achievement of the intended learning outcomes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Revision Session Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Participation at tutorials and on weekly online discussion boards = 30%
1000 word review = 20%
2500 word essay in lieu of exam = 50%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of the complex relations between religion, violence and peacebuilding
- describe, analyse, and critically evaluate selected theological approaches to religion, violence and peacebuilding
- have engaged critically with selected primary sources relating to religious violence, peacebuilding, conflict transformation, reconciliation and practical theology
- demonstrate the ability to develop and deliver a presentation for a seminar and have participated in constructive discussion and debate with other seminar members in a respectful manner
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||From 2016/17, the number of lectures will be 3 per week. In addition, students are expected to attend weekly tutorials.
|Course organiser||Prof Jolyon Mitchell
Tel: (0131 6)50 8922
|Course secretary||Mr Jamie Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 8913