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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LLLC0178 Religion, Politics and Society

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Madeleine Newman
Email: m.c.newman@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is aimed at you if you are a student interested in understanding the ways in which religion, politics and society intersect. The module is taught from an interdisciplinary perspective and will introduce key features of the interrelation between religion, politics and society through examination of a range of contemporary issues.

Objectives

This module will give an overview of the interplay between religion, politics and society, examining the ways in which these areas intersect. It will provide an understanding of the means by which contemporary religious expressions shape, and are shaped by, groups and society. Students will be introduced to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of religion, examining a range of contemporary issues including: religion, peace and conflict; multiculturalism; women and religion; and religion and the environment. Students will develop awareness of issues of diversity, such as: belief, culture, gender, race, sexual orientation and social class.

Students will be supported in the development of their own independent study skills and will gain an introduction to reflective writing and exam skills. They will be required to complete an exam with advance information on questions and a reflective account. They will be given individual support for these assessments as required.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

-Demonstrate a basic understanding of how religion and belief might shape and define needs, interests and community identities.
-Critically reflect on observations of religious pluralism in practice.
-Identify key areas of diversity and similarity between and within religious belief systems.
-Apply a critical understanding of the relationship between religion, politics and society to a contemporary issue.

Skills outcomes
Critical analysis
Cultural awareness and empathy
Writing reflectively
Working under pressure

As part of this module, students will develop a range of digital literacy skills. Further details are provided in the module handbook


Syllabus

The content will cover such areas as:
-Introducing students to a range of different disciplinary outlooks and methodologies in the study of religion.
- An overview of key issues in the relationship between the religious and the secular.
-Historical and contemporary perspectives on Leeds as a multi-faith city.
- Examination of the interplay between religion, politics and society in a range of contemporary issues.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop101.0010.00
Lecture101.0010.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Independent online learning hours50.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Time for private study is expected to break down as follows:

Reading and research 50
Preparation for seminars 20
Assignment Preparation 50

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There will be ongoing monitoring of student progress throughout the module via student engagement in each taught session and via the VLE.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written Work1500 word reflective blog40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Exam with advance information on questions1 hr 60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:23:10

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