Undergraduate Course: Religion in Modern Britain (REST08018)
|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||The aim of the course is to introduce students to a range of religious formations as they tackle particular 'issues' arising from modernity in British contexts. This course will provide a 'zoom in' portrayal, in one specific (and local) modern state, which will help to focus and fine-tune representations raised in Global Religions A and B courses. It should also form an attractive outside course.
This course will provide an introductory overview of the contemporary landscape of religion and society in modern Britain, combining contextualised analyses of religious formations with specific case studies. The approach will be largely socio-cultural and ethnographical, underpinned by a modern (i.e. post-war) historical orientation. The treatment of religion/s will be aspectual, focusing on how practitioners/communities deal with 'change' and 'issues', thus emphasising the embeddedness of religious groups in local culture and wider society.
The aim of the course is to introduce students to a range of religious formations as they tackle particular 'issues' arising from modernity in British contexts. Local/Scottish examples and case studies will be used where appropriate, including the possibility of one or two local site visits, but global relationships and the effects of diaspora will also be traced.
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 22,
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)
||Tutorial assessment (15%): comprising two mini-essays of 500 words (7.5% each).
Essay (25%): 2,000 words
Degree Examination (60%): this will be a 24 hour take home exam at the end of the course, at a time to be scheduled by the University.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Outline the main aspects of the religious history of Britain.
- Make historical connections amongst the religions and relate these to contemporary situations.
- Identify themes that emerge from the study of the traditions considered in lectures and tutorials.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Outline the main aspects of the religious history of Britain;
- Evaluate and critique the work of scholars who have studied religions, both in the contemporary period and in the history of the discipline;
- Formulate questions emerging from the study of religions and structure an argument to express resolutions to the questions critically and analytically.
- Read and interpret a range of different sources for the study of religions within their historical, social and theoretical contexts and be able to differentiate primary from secondary sources.
- Formulate, investigate and discuss questions informed by Religious Studies methodologies (these include anthropology, cognitive studies, cultural history, ethnography, post-colonial studies and sociology);
- Engage and draw on an understanding of religious traditions and cultures to inform the approach taken when dealing with views different from one¿s own;
- Analyse and explain how cultural assumptions impact on the interpretation of religions;
- Express clearly ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing and in electronic media;
- Develop oral presentation and participation skills during seminars and group-work, and in written form through essays.
- Collaborate efficiently and productively with others in the process of learning and presenting conclusions - this includes those with a range of backgrounds and knowledge bases about religion, such as fellow-students, tutors and supervisors;
- Organise their own learning, manage workload and work to a timetable;
- Effectively plan, and possess the confidence to undertake and to present scholarly work that demonstrates an understanding of the aims, methods and theoretical considerations relevant to Religious Studies; and
- Work independently on the creation of essays using the standards current in the academic field of Religious Studies.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||3 lectures and a weekly tutorial
|Course organiser||Dr Steven Sutcliffe
Tel: (0131 6)50 8947
|Course secretary||Mr Jamie Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 8913