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Religion, meaning and value

Level 4 - DT1150

This course provides an introduction to the study of religion which outlines key aspects of five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and five methods for studying them (anthropology of religion, sociology of religion, psychology of religion, philosophy of religion, ethics in religion).

Topics covered

Section A: What is religion?

  • Introduction:
    - Definitions, including the relationship between religion, meaning and value,
    - Types of religion (e.g. theism, pantheism, panentheism, non-theistic religion),
    - Major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism).
  • Judaism and Christianity
  • Islam
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism.

Section B: Studying religion

  • Anthropology of religion
  • Sociology of religion
  • Psychology of religion
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Religion and ethics.


Forum participation (10%); a two thousand word essay (40%) and a 1.5-hour seen written examination (50%).

Tutor in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics