2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
THEO2900 The Sikh tradition
20 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Jasjit Singh
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module offers a critical study of the Sikh tradition in context focusing on its historical background and development, its encounter with colonialism and its emergence as a world religion. As almost a fifth of the global Sikh population now live outside India, this module will focus on Sikhs living both in India and in the diaspora examining what it means to be a member of a religious minority in Britain today.
ObjectivesThis module offers a critical study of the Sikh tradition in context focusing on its historical background and development, its encounter with colonialism and its emergence as a world religion. As almost a fifth of the global Sikh population now live outside India, this module will focus on Sikhs living both in India and in the diaspora examining what it means to be a member of a religious minority in Britain today. Issues explored will include attitudes to Sikh identity including the 5Ks, the development of the Sikh community in Britain and religious transmission among young British Sikhs. The impact of the storming of the Golden Temple in 1984 on British Sikhs will be examined as will the challenges facing the Sikh community in general and young British Sikhs in particular in a post 9/11 world. As well as focusing on the Sikh community, the module will allow students to explore the teachings of the Sikh Gurus to outline how rather than dwelling on theological and metaphysical issues, the Sikh Gurus focused on the way in which individuals construct ideas about themselves and of notions of reality.
On completion of this module, students will:
1. have developed their understanding of the foundations and evolution of the Sikh tradition;
2. have begun to consider the relationship of the Sikh tradition to other religious traditions in India
3. have developed an understanding of the British and global Sikh community and an awareness of some of the issues faced
4. have developed skills in independent learning and discussion.
Students will develop skills in:
1. Critical reading and interpretation of primary and secondary texts; note-taking; producing written assignments to deadlines; presentation of oral arguments; collaborative work in small groups; use of library and internet resources.
2. This module will also enable students to develop analytical and methodological approaches essential to the study of religion in particular and other social sciences and humanities subject areas more broadly.
Introduction: Sikhism and its historical context
Sikh Gurus: Guru Nanak and the 10 Gurus
Sikh Scriptures: Guru Granth Sahib
Sikh Identity: Turban, Khalsa and codes of conduct
Sikh Institutions: Sikhism, Gurdwaras and authority
Modern Sikhism: 1984, gender, caste and other faiths
The Sikh Diaspora: Sikhism outside India
The Future of Sikhism: The religious lives of young British Sikhs
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||179.00|
|Total Contact hours||21.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private study3 hours preparing for each lecture (= 33 hours)
4 hours preparing for each seminar (= 40 hours)
106 hours preparing for assessment.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackAttendance monitoring of lectures and seminars
Monitoring of contribution to seminar discussion
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||Set essay 1,500 words||40.00|
|Essay||Research essay 2,000 words||60.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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