Course Overview

This new degree in Religious Studies with Chinese allows you to explore the themes, concepts and events that have shaped religious life in the modern world, whilst studying Chinese language and culture.

The degree will give you a thorough grounding in the major characteristics of a wide range of world faiths. Taught by staff with international reputations, it will help you answer questions such as: What differentiates the world’s major faiths? How do people use religion to find meaning in their lives? How is religious belief faring in the modern world? Where is religion declining and where is it growing and how do we make sense of these phenomena?

You will begin your degree with one core course in World Religions and one core Chinese module which is designed for beginners with little or no prior knowledge of Chinese Language or Culture. In addition, you can choose to complement your studies with a module or from a wide range of options.

As you continue with your studies, you will learn from internationally renowned academics committed to both teaching and research and will increasingly specialise through an extensive range of modules. Second year options include Traditions and Transformation I: Asian Religions; Traditions and Transformations II: Abrahamic Religions; Religion And Society; Cross-Cultural Ethics, and Western Philosophy And Religious Thought. The core Chinese Language modules will build on the intensive language introduction given in the first year through further language tuition.

In your final year, you will study Chinese Culture and Society and a further Chinese Language module. You have the opportunity to undertake a sustained investigation on a specific religious studies subject of greatest interest to you and can choose from a wide range of modules, such as Modern Religious and Atheistic Thought; New Religions and Alternative Spiritualties; Reading Buddhism; Reading Islam; Religion in Schools or China in the Modern World. You also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, and may integrate your dissertation research with the study trip to China or the research-based placements that are organised by the department.

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