Arts (Study of Religions) Cert - CASR

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Course Title: Arts (Study of Religions)

College: Adult Continuing Education, Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Arts (Study of Religions)

Duration: 1 year

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

Two evenings per week in semester one and one evening per week in semester two

Qualifications: Cert

NFQ Level: Level 6

NFQ Award Type: Special Purpose

Costs: €700

Entry Requirements: This course is open to adult learners who have an interest in both the study of Religions. Minimum entry age: 18.

Course Code: CASR

Next Intake: 2016


This course combines an introduction to the Study of Religions and to major religions of the world with an exposure to the internal diversity of Christianity and its different theological perspectives. Students have the option to be introduced to different approaches in studying religions and the major religions of the world. Religions included are Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. In addition, students discuss key questions in the Study of Religions: what is religion? What does it mean to study religions as an outsider? What is the relationship between religion  and politics? What is the place of gender in the Study of Religions? Alternatively, students can study Christian theology and its diverse manifestations from foundational debates in early Christianity to contemporary feminist, liberation and interfaith theologies in different denominational contexts. 

Course Details

Students take 20 credits choosing between the following modules:

RG1001 Religions in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to the Study of Religions (15 credits) (taught in Semesters 1 & 2)
RG1101 Perspectives in Christian Theology (15 credits) (taught in Semesters 1 & 2)

Students take in addition the following module:
RG2050 Topics in Christian Theology (5 credits) (Semester 1)


Year 1 Modules:

  • RG1001: Religions in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to the Study of Religions (15 credits)
    The course will offer an introductory overview of a range of religions, linked to an introductory exploration of key theories, approaches and methodological issues in the study of religions such as the 'insider/outsider' problem, the meaning of 'religion', the sociology, psychology, anthropology and phenomenology of religion and topics such as religion and: modernity/postmodernity, power, globalisation, gender and secular wordviews.


There are no examinations in this course. Students will be assessed by written assignments (essays), presentations and learning journals.

Who Teaches This Course

The modules are taught by staff of the Study of Religions Department.

Further Contact Information

Study of Religions Department
t: 021 4902359

e: t: 021 4904700

Applications for this course are not being accepted for 2015


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