BA Study of Religions and...

Programme Code: V627BA/CR

Duration: 3 or 4 years

Entry Requirements

  • BTEC: DDM
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AABBB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB
  • Irish LC: 320 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 4 4 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

Minimum Entry Requirements: Applicants are not required to have studies Religions at A-level, although a deep interest in the subject is essential.

Interview Policy: Applicants are not required to have studies Religions at A-level, although a deep interest in the subject is essential.

Religions have always been a powerful influence on human societies. Religious ideas and practices affect relations between different cultures; they can unite or divide local communities; and they provide the context for an individual's spiritual quest.

A degree in the Study of Religions at S.O.A.S. offers an impressive range of subject areas: religions of the ancient Near East, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Jainism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Shintoism, traditional religions of Africa and the new religious movements of our time.

The study of religions is concerned with the scholarly understanding of different cultures and beliefs. Staff and students come from many different backgrounds and there is no assumption of religious commitment, simply a quest for understanding.

There is a wide range of approaches in S.O.A.S. to the study of religions. If your major interest lies in the study of religious ideas and practices, then the BA in Study of Religion, combined with either a language or a specific area-studies or discipline, is the right degree for you. Students on this degree may pursue a special interest in one tradition, but they are also expected to select from a broad range of other options (with or without some language study), and to learn about theories and methods in the study of religions.

Combinations

May be combined with

  • African Studies, VT65 BA/SRAF
  • Arabic+, TV66 BA/SRA
  • Burmese++, TVH6 BA/SRBU
  • Chinese+, TV16 BA/SRCH
  • Development Studies, LV96 BA/DevStSR
  • Economics, LV16 BA/SREC
  • Geography*, LV76 BA/SRGE
  • Georgian, TV96 BA/SRGN
  • Hebrew+, QV46 BA/SRHE
  • History, VV16 BA/SRH
  • History of Art/Archaeology, VV36 BA/HAASR
  • Indonesian++, TV3Q BA/SRI
  • International Relations, LVF6 BA/IRSR
  • Japanese+, TV26 BA/SRJ
  • Japanese Studies, TV2P BA/JSSR
  • Korean+, TVLP BA/SRKO
  • Law, MV16 BA/SRLW
  • Linguistics, QV16 BA/LGSR
  • Middle Eastern Studies, TV6P BA/MESSR
  • Music, VW63 BA/SRM
  • Persian, TVP6 BA/SRP
  • Politics, LV26 BA/SRPOL
  • Social Anthropology, LV66 BA/SRSA
  • South Asian Studies++ (3 years), VTQ3 BA/SASSR
  • South Asian Studies++ (4 years), TL33 BA/SASSR
  • South East Asian Studies, VTPJ BA/SEASR
  • Swahili+, TVN6 BA/SWSR
  • Thai++, VT6H BA/THSR
  • Tibetan++ (3 Year), V6T3 BA/TISR
  • Tibetan++ (4 Year),TV36 BA/TSR
  • Turkish+, VT66 BA/TUSR
  • Vietnamese++, VTP3 BA/VSR

+ 4-year degree with (compulsory) one year abroad

++ 3 or 4-year degree with option of one year abroad

* Taught at King's College, London

Structure

I) First Year Foundation Courses

  • Buddhism: Foundation 158000110 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Hinduism: Foundation 158000118 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Islam: Foundations 158000189 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Judaism: Foundation 158000148 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Religions of Africa: Foundation 158000119 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Religions of East and Central Asia 158000100 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • World Christianities Foundation 158000117 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Zoroastrianism: Foundation 158000187 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

II) Languages offered by the Department

(Language courses from other departments at S.O.A.S. can also be taken as part of a Study of Religions Degree.)

  • Avestan 158000182 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Basic Pali 158000200 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Middle Persian 158000183
  • Syriac Texts on Christians and Muslims 158000034 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Vedic Sanskrit 158000128 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

III) Comparative and Theory Courses (second & third year)

  • Anglo-European Philosophies and Critical Dialogue: Hermeneutics and Beyond 158000135 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Comparative Ethics 158000199 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Death and the Meaning of Life 158000172 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Metaphysics in Comparative Perspective 158000198 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Mysticism in the Great Traditions 158000022 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The Holocaust and the Problem of Evil 158000156 (15 credits) Term 1
  • 'The Margins of Philosophy': Postcolonial, Gender, and Queer Epistemologies 158000116 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Theories of the Self 158000202 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

IV) Courses by Religious Tradition (second & third year)

African Religions

  • Islamic Reform Movements in Modern Africa 158000190 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Africa: Past and Present 158000185 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Religion, Power and Society in Modern Africa 158000005 (30 credits) Full Year

Buddhism

  • Buddhism in Central Asia 158000121 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Buddhism in Pre-Modern China 158000201 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Buddhist Monasticism 158000097 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Buddhist Philosophy 158000195 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (1) 154900182 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (2) 158000191 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Japanese Religion: A Historical Overview 158000044 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Representing Religion in Japanese Films 158000184 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Themes in Japanese Religions 158000043 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Tibetan Buddhism 158000050 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Christianity

  • Eastern Christianity 158000132 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Martyrs & Monks in Eastern Christian Writings 158000130 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Minority Religions in the Contemporary Middle East 158000163 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Orthodox Christianity 158000131 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Africa: Past and Present 158000185 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Religion, Power and Society in Modern Africa 158000005 (30 credits) Full Year

Hinduism

  • Textual Sources of Classical Hinduism 158000023 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Islam

  • Developments in Muslim Religious Thought 158000188 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Islam in Britain 158000169 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Islamic Reform Movements in Modern Africa 158000190 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Messianic Movements in Muslim History 158000149 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Minority Religions in the Contemporary Middle East 158000163 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Religion, Power and Society in Modern Africa 158000005 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 (30 credits) Full Year

Jainism

  • Introduction to Jainism 158000053 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Non-Violence in Jain Literature, Philosophy and Law 158000054 (30 credits) Full Year

Japanese Religions

  • Japanese Religion: A Historical Overview 158000044 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Representing Religion in Japanese Films 158000184 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Themes in Japanese Religions 158000043 (15 credits) Term 2

Judaism

  • Daily Life of Jews in Antiquity 158000155 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Jewish Identity 15800O168 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Modern Jewish Thought 158000178 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism 158000151 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Bible and its Interpretation in Ancient Judaism 158000160 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Holocaust and the Problem of Evil 158000156 (15 credits) Term 1
  • The Representation of Jews and Judaism in Film 158000186 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Role and Representation of Women in Judaism 158000154 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Taoism

  • Taoism and Chinese Religions 158000150 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Taoism: the Great Tradition 158000181 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Zoroastrianism

Limited offer due to research leave. Students interested in Zoroastrianism are advised to select Middle Persian, which also has a cultural component and introduces students to the religion as well as the language.

  • Middle Persian 158000183
  • Minority Religions in the Contemporary Middle East 158000163 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Zoroastrian Literature in Translation 158000095 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 158000029 (30 credits) Full Year

V) Courses by Geographical Region (second & third year)

Africa

  • Islamic Reform Movements in Modern Africa 158000190 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Africa: Past and Present 158000185 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Religion, Power and Society in Modern Africa 158000005 (30 credits) Full Year

East and Inner Asia

  • Buddhism in Pre-Modern China 158000201 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Buddhist Monasticism 158000097 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Japanese Religion: A Historical Overview 158000044 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Religions of East and Central Asia 158000100 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Representing Religion in Japanese Films 158000184 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Taoism and Chinese Religions 158000150 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Taoism: the Great Tradition 158000181 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Themes in Japanese Religions 158000043 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Tibetan Buddhism 158000050 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Iran and Central Asia

  • Buddhism in Central Asia 158000121 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Eastern Christianity 158000132 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Religions of East and Central Asia 158000100 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Zoroastrian Literature in Translation 158000095 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds 158000029 (30 credits) Full Year

Near and Middle East

  • Daily Life of Jews in Antiquity 158000155 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Eastern Christianity 158000132 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Jewish Identity 15800O168 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Martyrs & Monks in Eastern Christian Writings 158000130 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Minority Religions in the Contemporary Middle East 158000163 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism 158000151 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Shi'a Islam: Religious Authority and Community Identity 158000147 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The Bible and its Interpretation in Ancient Judaism 158000160 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

South Asia

  • Buddhist Monasticism 158000097 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Eastern Christianity 158000132 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (1) 154900182 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhas in South Asia (2) 158000191 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Introduction to Jainism 158000053 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Non-Violence in Jain Literature, Philosophy and Law 158000054 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Textual Sources of Classical Hinduism 158000023 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Program taught in:
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Last updated January 22, 2019
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