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  • RELI106 (2017): Religious Experience

    20 points. Course not offered in 2017.

    This course explores religion through the things that people do. It considers how spiritual practices - rituals, bodily postures, altered states of consciousness, music - shape individual and collective experience. The course is also an introduction to some of the prominent methods and debates that define the discipline of religious studies. 100% internal assessment.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/106/2017

  • RELI107 (2018): Religion, Law and Politics

    20 points. Trimester 3. Coordinator: Geoff Troughton.

    Examines the interplay of religion, law and politics in the contemporary world. Themes include: relationships between religion and politics, religious freedom, religion and conflict. Case studies explore different religions focusing on current debates, including the role of religion in contentious legislation and in forms of political violence. Withdrawal with refund by 23/11/2018, withdrawal without refund by 12/12/2018, after which date the permission of the Associate Dean (Students) will be required to withdraw.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/107/2018

  • RELI107 (2019): Power and the Sacred: Politics, Law and Religion

    20 points. Trimester 3. Coordinator: Geoff Troughton.

    Religion has forcefully re-emerged as an actor in global politics. We examine dynamics of power and different religions' engagements with politics and law. Case studies assess ideas, practices, and current debates, including contentious legislation aand the role of religion in political conflict.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/107/2019

  • RELI108 (2019): The World's Religions: Diverse and Dynamic Traditions

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Rick Weiss.

    Studying the world's religions opens us to the very different ways in which we live our lives. In this course, we seek to understand the stories, rituals, spiritualities, and beliefs that shape diverse traditions, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/108/2019

  • RELI108 (2018): The World's Religions

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Venetia Robertson.

    This course introduces students to the major religious traditions: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism. We study the most important religious texts, spiritual leaders, and ritual practices in history, and we also explore contemporary issues and controversies.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/108/2018

  • RELI113 (2019): What is Religion?

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Philip Fountain.

    The majority of the world’s population identify with a religion. We ask what this means, and consider the ethical consequences of religious beliefs and commitments. Diverse religious accounts of the good life are examined alongside practices and their effects for individuals, communities, and the planet.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/113/2019

  • RELI113 (2018): What is Religion?

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Paul Morris.

    Religion is central to society, politics and culture in our world today. We look at the role of religion in shaping current debates about vital issues in New Zealand and overseas, such as, fundamentalism and extremism, religion, politics, and economy, and religious diversity. We look at contemporary moral questions such as same-sex marriage, euthanasia and the death penalty.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/113/2018

  • RELI210 (2019): Special Topic: Religion and Development: Charity, Compassion and NGOs

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Philip Fountain.

    Development and humanitarianism emerged out of religious visions for creating a better future. They are now sites of contestation as secular and religious moral ambitions interact and collide. his course draws on historical and ethnographic research to rethink common assumptions about the ethics, impulses, and effects of religious aid.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/210/2019

  • RELI221 (2018): Politics and Religion

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Philip Fountain.

    This course examines the relationship between people's nations and their gods. Focusing on hotly contested notions of secularism and secularisation, and the social, political and religious implications of these ideas. It considers whether religiously plural societies are less tolerant; why religious differences sometimes become violent and the meanings and significance of religion-state separation.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/221/2018

  • RELI226 (2017): Psychology of Religion

    20 points. Course not offered in 2017.

    This course provides an introduction to the psychology of religion. Many people identify with religious groups or traditions and claim to have religious or spiritual experiences. This course explores how contemporary psychology research sheds new light on human religiosity. Topics include: the development of religion in children, the relationship between religion and morality, rituals, altered states of consciousness, and religion and identity.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/226/2017

  • RELI227 (2016): Special Topic: Rasta, Vodou and Santeria: Religions of Africa and the Caribbean

    20 points. Course not offered in 2016.

    This course introduces students to the historical foundations, beliefs and practices of Rastafarianism, Vodou, Santeria and religious traditions of Africa. Themes include the history and development of these traditions, their ritual expressions in Africa and the diaspora, and their concepts of health, healing and divination. Trimester 3: Withdrawal with refund by 24/11/2017; withdrawal without Associate Dean (Students) approval by 13/12/2017.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/227/2016

  • RELI228 (2018): Evil and Salvation

    20 points. Trimester 3.

    All human communities have accounts of being saved (salvation) from the state or circumstances that destroy the value of human existence (evil). This course systematically and comparatively explores evil and salvation in a number of religious traditions. Topics include: sin; guilt; devils and the demonic; heaven and hells; paths to salvation (repentance, asceticism, grace, will); redemption; soteriology; eschatology; release; Nirvana; and contemporary “secular” deliberations on evil and salvation. Withdrawal with refund by 23/11/2018, withdrawal without refund by 12/12/2018, after which date the permission of the Associate Dean (Students) will be required to withdraw.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/228/2018

  • RELI228 (2019): Evil and Salvation

    20 points. Trimester 1.

    All human communities have accounts of being saved (salvation) from the state or circumstances that destroy the value of human existence (evil). This course systematically and comparatively explores evil and salvation in a number of religious traditions. Topics include: sin; guilt; devils and the demonic; heaven and hells; paths to salvation (repentance, asceticism, grace, will); redemption; soteriology; eschatology; release; Nirvana; and contemporary “secular” deliberations on evil and salvation. Withdrawal with refund by 23/11/2018, withdrawal without refund by 12/12/2018, after which date the permission of the Associate Dean (Students) will be required to withdraw.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/228/2019

  • RELI229 (2018): Confronting Death

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Paul Morris.

    The course explores the representations of death - mythologies, practices, beliefs and institutions - in contemporary society and in a number of selected religious traditions. Topics include: dying; suicide; burial and cremation; death in New Zealand; grieving; beliefs in the afterlife; and representations of death in popular culture.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/229/2018

  • RELI230 (2019): Eco-religion: Faith and the Environmental Crisis

    20 points. Trimester 3. Coordinator: Philip Fountain.

    What roles can religion play in response to our present ecological crisis? This course examines diverse ways that religions have been inspired by and sought to remake the environment. We explore nature spirituality, theological ethics, rituals, and scripture, addressing indigenous traditions and world religions, with a particular focus on the Pacific.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/230/2019

  • RELI231 (2018): Identity, Communities and Traditions

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Eva Nisa.

    This course examines religion as a locus of personal and social identity, inquiring into the force of religion in uniting and dividing communities in our modern world. The course is comparative, reflecting broadly on the ways that religion has served both to bring people together into harmonious societies, but also to antagonise groups in often violent ways. Specific case studies will serve as data for analysis. Topics that the course will cover include cultural encounters, gender and community, religious conflict, and nationalism and religion.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/231/2018

  • RELI232 (2018): Violence and Conflict

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Philip Fountain.

    An exploration of the role of religion in promoting conflict and terror, and of the power and potential of religion for transforming conflict and building peace. There will be a particular focus on the distinctive historical, theological, symbolic and practical resources religious communities can offer to the task of peacemaking in a violent world.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/232/2018

  • RELI232 (2019): Religion and Conflict: Ethics of Violence and Peace

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Geoff Troughton, Eva Nisa.

    This course explores the role of religion in promoting conflict and terror, and of the power and potential of religion for transforming conflict and building peace. We consider what historical, theological, symbolic and practical resources religious communities offer to the task of peacemaking in a violent world.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/232/2019

  • RELI233 (2019): Reading Religion: Authority, Subversion and Gender

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Eva Nisa.

    Many major religions use texts. But how do you read a religious text? interpretations. Students consider questions of authority and contestation, truth and subjectivity, gender-sensitive renderings, and the impact of critical methods through close reading of selected texts in English.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/233/2019

  • RELI310 (2018): Special Topic: Superhuman, Transhuman, Nonhuman

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Venetia Robertson.

    Superhuman and transhuman beings, nonhuman animals, and numerous 'other-than-human' beings are important elements of religious traditions old and new, large and small. This course explores the role of other-than-human entities and identities in religious contexts, and how these 'others' have helped to define the 'human'. We will consider lessons for religions in general, and particular religions. Cases may include animals, aliens, gods, saints, monsters and ghosts; apostheosis, self-divinisation, Hindu deities, Buddhas and bodhisattvas, or the Christian doctrine of incarnation. The course will draw upon such perspectives as philosophy, cognitive psychology, anthropology, sociology, history, human-animal studies, gender studies and critical theory.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/310/2018

  • RELI327 (2016): Special Topic: Rasta, Vodou and Santeria: Religions of Africa and the Caribbean

    20 points. Course not offered in 2016.

    This course introduces students to the historical foundations, beliefs and practices of Rastafarianism, Vodou, Santeria and religious traditions of Africa. These include the history and development of these traditions, their ritual expressions in Africa and the diaspora, and their concepts of health, healing and divination. 100% internal assessment. Trimester 3: Withdrawal with refund by 18/11/2016; withdrawal without Associate Dean (Students) approval by 13/12/16.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/327/2016

  • RELI335 (2018): Arguing About Religion

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Paul Morris.

    This course will examine the role of theory and methodology in the contemporary academic study of religion. Topics include: the methodological history of Religious Studies; category formation, evidence and findings in the study of religion; Theology versus Religious Studies; the phenomenological method and beyond; recent developments in the social scientific study of religions; contemporary empirical studies of religion; current critiques of religion; and post-modern accounts of religion.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/335/2018

  • RELI335 (2019): Arguing About Religion

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Rick Weiss.

    This course will examine the role of theory and methodology in the contemporary academic study of religion. Topics include: the methodological history of Religious Studies; category formation, evidence and findings in the study of religion; Theology versus Religious Studies; the phenomenological method and beyond; recent developments in the social scientific study of religions; contemporary empirical studies of religion; current critiques of religion; and post-modern accounts of religion.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/335/2019

  • RELI336 (2019): Islam in the Contemporary World

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Eva Nisa.

    This course examines various expressions of Islam through a focus on contemporary issues. Students encounter Islam operating in a range of domains- political (the Arab Spring and radical Islamist movements), economic (the Halal industry) and social (Muslims in the diaspora). We explore questions of gender and expressions of Muslim popular culture in an increasingly globalised world.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/336/2019

  • RELI336 (2018): Islam

    20 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Eva Nisa.

    This course analyses the position of Islam in the modern world. It will examine the foundation of Islam—its scriptures— including varied interpretations and expressions of Islam, with focus on contemporary issues. Particular emphasis will be given to political (the Arab Spring and radical Islam), economic (the Halal industry), gender, social (educational reform), and cultural (popular culture in the Muslim world) issues. Students who are taking this course will be equipped with the theoretical tools for understanding Islam and Muslims in the globalised world.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/336/2018

  • RELI337 (2019): Indian Religions: Gods, Gurus and Enlightenment

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Rick Weiss.

    This course will investigate the religious traditions of India, particularly Hinduism but with reference to Buddhism and Jainism, maintaining a strong emphasis on contemporary India against a backdrop of history. We will analyse the complexity of religious practices, myth, and doctrines of India, using the scholarly methods of religious studies.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/337/2019

  • RELI338 (2017): Buddhism

    20 points. Course not offered in 2017.

    An examination of the history, doctrines and practices of the major traditions of Buddhism from the perspectives of modern scholarship. A thematic approach is taken, and the course addresses modern Buddhism in Asia and its adaptations in the West.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/338/2017

  • RELI339 (2018): Judaism

    20 points. Course not offered in 2018.

    A study of the diversity and complexity of Judaism in the contemporary world against the background of Jewish history. The course focuses on the ways in which Jewry and Judaism are, and have been, understood by Jewish Communities themselves and in the work of contemporary scholars.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/339/2018

  • RELI340 (2018): Religion in New Zealand and the Pacific

    20 points. Course not offered in 2018.

    This course examines religious traditions in New Zealand and in the islands of the Pacific. It focuses particularly on histories of religious change, and on questions relating to the influence of religions on the development of culture, politics, and society in the region.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/340/2018

  • RELI341 (2018): Christianity

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Geoff Troughton.

    This course surveys key doctrines, practices and processes that have shaped the Christian tradition, exploring the diversity of global Christianity, and the expansion of Christianities through colonialism, missionary activity and movements of revitalisation. Case studies highlight broader issues of religion and culture, and relationships between religion, politics and society.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/341/2018

  • RELI341 (2019): Global Christianity: Struggle and Liberation

    20 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Geoff Troughton.

    The largest religion in the world, and staggeringly diverse, Christianity has played a major role in shaping political, economic, and cultural life. It is now also the focus of vibrant scholarship and debate. We examine the many different forms of Christianity, exploring particularly movements of reform, dissent and transformation and their complex legacies.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/341/2019

  • RELI401 (2018): Methods and Issues in the Study of Religion

    30 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Philip Fountain.

    Scholars of religion investigate religious phenomena, but what form should such investigations take? Religious studies is characterised by long-standing debates about the methodologies and theories appropriate to the discipline. This course offers students a graduate-level introduction to such debates by encouraging critical and comparative evaluations of prominent positions.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/401/2018

  • RELI401 (2019): The Soul of Religion: Method and Theory

    30 points. Trimester 1. Coordinator: Rick Weiss, Philip Fountain.

    Religious Studies is characterised by long-standing and hard-fought debates about the methodologies and theories appropriate to the discipline. In this graduate-level introduction to these debates we survey the history of the discipline, encouraging critical and comparative evaluations of prominent positions. An indispensable course for anyone interested in the scholarly study of religion.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/401/2019

  • RELI422 (2015): Advanced Studies in Religion and Politics

    30 points. Course not offered in 2015.

    This course examines textual, theological and practical resources that religious believers use to inform their engagement with political and public issues. Contemporary issues are evaluated against the backdrop of historical debates concerning interactions of religion and politics. Case studies exemplify approaches to political thought and activism used within different traditions. 100% internal assessment.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/422/2015

  • RELI424 (2019): Religion, Community and Identity

    30 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Eva Nisa.

    An advanced examination of relationships between religions and societies through a combination of theoretical models and case studies. The latter will address the social location and functions of religious communities, and religious interactions with social institutions, in selected classical and contemporary societies. Concerns include issues of diversity, power, authority, law, and media.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/424/2019

  • RELI424 (2018): Advanced Studies in Religion and Society

    30 points. Trimester 2. Coordinator: Eva Nisa.

    This course examines relationships between religions and societies through a combination of theoretical models and case studies. The latter will address the social location and functions of religious communities, and religious interactions with social institutions, in selected classical and contemporary societies. Concerns include issues of diversity, power, authority and law.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/424/2018

  • RELI427 (2017): Advanced Studies in Religious Texts

    30 points. Course not offered in 2017.

    A critical study, in English, of a sacred text or texts from a selected major religious tradition. 100% internal assessment.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/427/2017

  • RELI489 (2019): Research Project

    30 points. Trimester 1 + 2,Trimester 2 + 3. Coordinator: Philip Fountain.

    A research project, usually in the form of an extended essay of 10,000 words, with regular guidance from a supervisor. Students are expected to show familiarity with the literature in their chosen field, and to write a substantial discussion, engaging with questions relevant to the field and demonstrating independent thought. 100% internal assessment.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/489/2019

  • RELI489 (2018): Research Project

    30 points. Trimester 1 + 2,Trimester 2 + 3.

    A research project, usually in the form of an extended essay of 10,000 words, with regular guidance from a supervisor. Students are expected to show familiarity with the literature in their chosen field, and to write a substantial discussion, engaging with questions relevant to the field and demonstrating independent thought. 100% internal assessment.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/489/2018

  • RELI591 (2018): Thesis

    120 points. Full Year.

    MA thesis in Religious Studies.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/591/2018

  • RELI591 (2019): Thesis

    120 points. Full Year.

    MA thesis in Religious Studies.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/591/2019

  • RELI690 (2019): Religious Studies for PhD

    120 points. Full Year.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/690/2019

  • RELI690 (2018): Religious Studies for PhD

    120 points. Full Year.

    https://www.victoria.ac.nz/courses/reli/690/2018