Five Great Religions of the World

Overview

Religion has been a highly important part of the lives of human beings. 

This course is an introduction to five of the great religions of the world:  Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

It considers their origins and early historical development and it considers their key text(s) and some their key beliefs and practices.

No prior specialist knowledge is required.

Programme details

Course begins: 17 Jan 2022

Week 0:  An Introduction to Teams – Course orientation

Week 1:  Introduction. Hinduism: Vedic period: pre-Aryan and Aryan culture; Sacred Literature; Renouncer Tradition; Classical period.

Week 2: Buddhism: Scriptures; Buddha and his Teachings; Early Development.

Week 3: Judaism: The Hebrew Bible; Early (traditional) History; Beliefs.

Week 4: Christianity: The Bible; Jesus; Paul; Early Development.

Week 5: Islam: Pre-Islamic Arabia; Muhammad; Qur'an; Early Development.

Certification

Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from the January 1st after the current full academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Fees

Description Costs
Course Fee £125.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00

Tutor

Dr Karim Esmail

Formerly,  Research Fellow, Oxford  &  Burney Student, Cambridge  &  Visiting Fellow, Harvard. 

Alongside international articles, he is the author of two clear & original philosophical works on God. 

He is a Course Director & Tutor, Cambridge.

Course aims

1. To provide an understanding of five great religions of the world in terms of their origins and their early historical development.

2. To provide an understanding of their key text(s) and some of their key beliefs and practices.

Teaching methods

Lectures (principally) and discussion.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

1. Have an understanding of the great religions of the world in terms of their origins and their early historical development.

2. Have an understanding of their key text(s) and some of their key beliefs and practices.

Assessment methods

Option A: Three very short (c. 250 words) pieces of written work

or

Option B: One short (c. 750 words) essay. (Students will be asked to provide a very short plan for an essay in this case.)

Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form - Declaration of Authorship form

Application

We will close for enrolments 7 days prior to the start date to allow us to complete the course set up. We will email you at that time (7 days before the course begins) with further information and joining instructions. As always, students will want to check spam and junk folders during this period to ensure that these emails are received.

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

Level and demands

No specialist knowledge is required.

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)