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Advanced Seminar in the Study of Religion (RT1351)

Credits: 20

Availability of module: Alternate years

Prerequisites: 2:1 degree average at the end of year 2

Module Tutor: Dr James Hegarty

Teaching methods: Seminar based

Assessment: 2x1250 word essay and 1.5 hour exam

Summary of course content

This is a seminar-based module in which students are introduced to classic and more recent perspectives on the study of religion and the history of the study of religion. The course is based on the selection of two key works in these areas and their close reading and analysis.


To develop student awareness of key issues in the study of religion and to help them apply this knowledge to their own wider studies.

Learning outcomes:

  • Students will be able to describe some key movements and scholarly perspectives in the study of religion.
  • They will be able to distinguish between different schools of thought in the study of religion.
  • They will be able to contrast approaches to the study of religion.

Suggested book purchases:


Suggested preparatory reading:

The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion ed.  John R. Hinnells

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