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PPR.352 New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities
Tutor: Professor Christopher Partridge
Institutionalized religion is in decline, both in Britain and in northern Europe as a whole. But a great deal is happening 'beyond church and chapel'. The course explores what is taking place in this territory. Is Christianity holding its own among those who do not go to church? Or are 'new' experiential and 'gently' institutionalized spiritualities of life a growing force? Special attention is paid to the role played by 'new spiritual outlets' (NSOS), as well as the role played by the better known new religious movements (NRMS). Students will be encouraged to exercise initiative by incorporating case study research in their essay.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
Lecture (2 hours) weekly, and seminar (1 hour) fortnightly.
Paul Heelas and Linda Woodhead The Spiritual Revolution
Paul Heelas The New Age Movement
Steven Tipton Getting Saved from the Sixties
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