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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHIL1007 Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

10 creditsClass Size: 300

In light of the effect of COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions on students' learning experiences, the School of PRHS have made the decision to modify assessment in Semester 2 modules in the 2020-21 academic year. Changes may involve reducing the number of assessment points (e.g. assessing one essay rather than two) or reducing word counts where it is possible to do so whilst protecting the integrity of the module's Learning Outcomes. Information on any changes to assessment is available to enrolled students in the Minerva module area, and can also be sought from the module leader or the PRHS SES team.

Module manager: Dr Tasia Scrutton

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Why might a good, all-powerful God allow evil?- Could you survive death either with or without a body? - How can we evaluate the competing claims of different religions? Why might religious practices, experiences and emotions, as well as religious beliefs, be philosophically interesting? If you are interested in exploring these issues further, you should take this module.You will challenge preconceived ideas and learn how to construct rational arguments, reflecting on your beliefs and analysing possible objections and responses to a variety of ideas. . By the end of the module, you will be able to construct philosophical arguments on topics including religious belief, theodicy, immortality, religious pluralism, religious knowledge and the religious life.The module is taught with a combination of lectures and tutorials and is suitable for all students who possess a willingness to read, think and discuss analytically issues in philosophy of religion.


On completion of this module, students should have a basic ability to:
- understand some central themes and methods in the philosophy of religion;
- critically assess religion as a pervasive aspect of human society;
- practise the general philosophical skills of analysis, argumentation and expression;
- show competence in critical reading of philosophical texts.


The module will typically include such topics as: religious belief, religious experience, definitions of God, arguments for theism and atheism, the problem of evil, miracles, life after death, morality,religious pluralism, and the philosophical importance of emotions, rituals and experience.

Discussion of these topics will draw on classic and contemporary literature, for example works by Augustine, Hume, Hick and Wynn.

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
Private study hours79.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Lecture Preparation 25 hours
- Seminar Preparation 30 hours
- Essay & Seminar Presentation Preparation 29 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Seminar presentation
- 1 x 1,000 word essay
- Office hours (to prepare seminar presentation and essay)

Methods of assessment

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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,000 words50.00
Online AssessmentDiscussion Board Contribution50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits for the essay will be by the same methodology. Resits for the seminar presentation will be a 1000 word assignment discussing the topic and how the seminar would have been run. To ensure several topics are covered, the essay and seminar presentation cannot be on the same topic.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/08/2019


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