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Undergraduate Course: Religion in Modern Britain (DIVI08019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take:
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Religion in Modern Britain (REST08018)
Other requirements Students who have previously taken the following course MUST NOT enroll: Religion in Modern Britain (REST08018)
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 15% - Tutorial assessment comprising two mini-essays of 500 words (7.5% each)

25% - Essay (2000 words)

60% - Exam
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Outline the main aspects of the religious history of Britain.
  2. Make historical connections amongst the religions and relate these to contemporary situations.
  3. Identify themes that emerge from the study of the traditions considered in lectures and tutorials.
Reading List
Additional Information
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
- Work independently on the creation of essays using the standards current in the academic field of Religious Studies
Course organiserDr Steven Sutcliffe
Tel: (0131 6)50 8947
Course secretaryMs Amy MacKinnon
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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