Studying Religion

This module aims to provide skills training for postgraduate students in religious studies from induction to completion of the master's dissertation. It supports existing taught modules by introducing a variety of research methods from other disciplines and theoretical issues within religious studies. It also introduces cross-cultural and cross-religious examination of research topics in religious studies. The module will provide students the opportunity for developing generic skills in library research, essay writing, and dissertation planning.

• Induction in the study of religions: resources, essay planning and writing, seminar preparation and presentations
• Research methodologies: examples selected from philosophical, anthropological, sociological, psychological, and phenomenological approaches
• Theoretical approaches to the study of religion: examples selected from the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences
• Dissertation workshop: finding a topic and supervisor, completion plan, case studies

Select Bibliography:

Asad, T, Genealogies of Religion (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993)
Heelas & Woodhead, Spiritual Revolution (Blackwell, 2004)
King, R, Orientalism and Religion (Routledge, 1999)
King, U. (ed.) Gender, Religions, and Diversity (Blackwell, 1995)
Reader, I. & G. Tanabe (eds.) Practically Religious (University of Hawaii Press, 1998)