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REL1002F Religions Past and Present 

Structure: First-year, first-semester course, 3 lectures and 1 tutorial per week.
Convener: Dr Elisabetta Porcu
Entrance requirements: None

This course provides an introduction to the study of religion and religions. Students are introduced to the analysis of religious symbols, myths, rituals, ethics and traditions. Special attention is given to indigenous religious traditions (particularly in Africa), Asian religions (including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism) and New Religious Movements that have emerged as alternative sources of religious identity and meaning in the world.


REL1015F Religions Past and Present + 

Structure: First-year, first-semester course, 3 lectures and 1 tutorial per week.
Convener: Dr Elisabetta Porcu
Entrance requirements: None

This course provides an introduction to the study of religion and religions. Students are introduced to the analysis of religious symbols, myths, rituals, ethics and traditions. Special attention is given to indigenous religious traditions (particularly in Africa), Asian religions (including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism) and New Religious Movements that have emerged as alternative sources of religious identity and meaning in the world.


REL1006S Judaism Christianity and Islam

Structure: First-year, second-semester course, 3 lectures and 1 tutorial per week.
Convener: Professor David Chidester
Entrance requirements: None

This course begins by introducing the religions of the Ancient Near East (Egypt, Mesopotamia and Persia). Students then explore the historical foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam through examining the formation and development of sacred texts, techniques of interpretation, and religious practises within these three important religious traditions. By studying these religions, the course reflects on the continuity and diversity of historical traditions, social formations and religious identities in the world.


REL1016S Judaism Christianity and Islam +

Structure: First-year, second-semester course, 3 lectures and 1 tutorial per week.
Convener: Professor David Chidester
Entrance requirements: None

This course begins by introducing the religions of the Ancient Near East (Egypt, Mesopotamia and Persia). Students then explore the historical foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam through examining the formation and development of sacred texts, techniques of interpretation, and religious practises within these three important religious traditions. By studying these religions, the course reflects on the continuity and diversity of historical traditions, social formations and religious identities in the world.