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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

THEO1900 Introduction to South Asian Religions

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Mikel Burley

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces some of the key religious traditions of South Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Through studying these religions in the their historical and contemporary form, and through their texts and traditions, this module will support students in better understanding the contested nature of ‘religion’ and the challenges of studying religion.


This module will:
1. Introduce a selection of the key religious traditions and texts of South Asia in their historical and contemporary forms, including:
Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism.
2. Introduce some of the key issues in study of ‘world religions’ including the nature of ‘religion’, the role of text in religion, the relationships between religions, and the development of religious traditions over time.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module students will be able to:
1. Identify key features of the texts and traditions in each of the religions studied
2. Demonstrate knowledge of key issues in the study of South Asian religions, including the nature of ‘religion’, the role of text, the development of religious traditions over time, and the relationships between the religion.

Skills outcomes
Students will develop skills of:
Knowledge and understanding of religious variety
Analysis of varied religious phenomena and data
Awareness of the significance of context
Awareness of core methods and concepts in the study of religion
Dealing with unfamiliar views in sometimes familiar contexts


Introduction to the Study of South Asian Religions
Introduction to Hinduism
Introduction to Buddhism
Introduction to Sikhism
Introduction to Jainism
Issues in the study of South Asian Religions

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours85.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Three hours preparing for each lecture (= 15 hours)
Four hours preparing for each seminar (= 20 hours)
Fifty hours revising and preparing for assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance monitoring of lectures and seminars
Monitoring of contribution to seminar discussion
Optional opportunities for feedback on revision

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Resit through replacement exam paper

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/03/2019


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