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RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Major combinations:
NQF Level: 5: RST1501, RST1502
NQF Level: 6: RST2601, RST2603 and ONE of APY2601 or HSY2602
NQF Level: 7: RST3705, RST3706, RST3707, RST3708 and RST3709

Introducing Religions of the World - RST1501
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to provide an introduction into the religions of the world, more specifically the following clusters: African indigenous religion(s), Abrahamic/Semitic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), Asian religions (Hinduism and Buddhism) and contemporary religious movements. Students who successfully complete this module will be able to reflect upon this foundational knowledge within public and professional spaces that are multi-religious and multi-cultural in nature, and within selective social and political issues that are religious in nature.
Introduction to Theory of Religion - RST1502
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable students to demonstrate understanding of religion as an important factor in individual and public life, with reference to the following dimensions: religion and society, religion and experience, myth and ritual, religious thought, and interreligious dynamics.
Religious Education - EDT303Q
Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English,Afrikaans
Co-requisite: PST201F, PST202G, PST210G & PST204J
Purpose: To gain insight into defining concepts, points of departure, overview of the field; study of African Traditional Religion; study of the following world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam; study of contemporary.
Understanding Religion through objects, the senses and technology - RST2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: of this module is to provide a critical analysis of the role of objects, the senses and technology as material aspects of religion. Students who successfully complete this module will be able to analyze these aspects within their social, political and economic contexts across a selection of religious traditions including African case studies.
Understanding Contemporary Religious Movements and Developments - RST2603
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to promote understanding of the emergence and significance of "cuts", new religious movements (NRMs) and other contemporary religious movements and developments. Students who successfully complete this module will be able to define key concepts, explain the occurence and historical development of contemporary religious movements, their depiction in media (including South African media) and popular culture, and critically analyse their role in society.
FET Subject Didactics Religion Studies - SDRELSD
Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in
Pre-requisite: Religion studies 2 or Biblical studies 2 or Hindu studies 2 or Islamic studies 2 or Jewish studies 2 Co-requisite: PTEAC1X
Purpose: To enable students to teach Religion studies as a school subject
Divinity and Nature in Religious History - RST3705
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the history of God with reference to integral philosophy, pantheism, panentheism and process thought, and cosmic ecology.
World Religions - RST3706
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Students are given a choice between two clusters: Semitic or Asian. In the Semitic cluster (Judaism, Christianity and Islam: a comparative study) the purpose is to gain insight into three Abrahamic faiths, with emphasis on both their unique and related elements, and with reference to Scripture and tradition, monotheism, authority, worship and ritual, ethics, the material culture, political order, and dialogue. In the Asian option (Asian faiths: culture, religion and philosophy) the purpose is to gain understanding of the classical teachings and philosophies in various historical schools and contemporary societies of Hinduism and Buddhism.
Africa's Religious Heritage - RST3707
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable students to demonstrate insight into African religion, giving attention to Christianity and Islam on the African continent, including the contemporary dynamics of African religion, African Christianity, African Islam and the coexistence of these religions in Africa.
Postmodern Philosophy of Religion - RST3708
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To gain insight into the implications of postmodernism with respect to religious thought, including postmodern critiques of past religiometaphysical systems, the postmodern and deconstructive renewal of the search for transcendence, and the religious dimensions of deconstructive thought.
Religion and Social Issues - RST3709
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The module comprisies Religion and public life and Religion and gender. In Religion and public life the purpose is to gain insight into the role of religion in society and politics, religion-state relationships, religious freedom, religious conflict, religious nationalism, and religious pluralism in South Africa. In the Gender option the purpose is to demonstrate an understanding of the shaping of the lives of women and men and the promotion of androcentrism and male dominance through religious beliefs, practices and symbols, with reference to a variety of religions.
Theory/Philosophy of Religion - HRS4802
Honours NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: This module will be useful to students in a wide range of fields where critical and creative thinking skills are required. On completion of this module, students will know and understand the great questions asked in contemporary philosophy of religion, i.e. questions such as the following: How do we as humans "fit" into the greater scheme of things?; How can a final or ultimate, that is, transcendent, reality be envisaged?; What happened to the age-old metaphysical-religious search for wholeness within a world characterized by fragmentation and conflicting interests?; and What is the status of transcendent reality in contemporary global, postmodern society?
Research Methodology and Religious Hermeneutics - HRS4803
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: This paper consists of three parts, of which one must be chosen: (1) research methodology for religious studies, (2) hermeneutics, and (3) methodology in Arabic and Islamic studies. Students in Arabic and Islamic studies will choose the third option on methodology in Arabic and Islamic studies.
Religion in Private and Public Life - HRS4804
Honours NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to equip students with: (a) the capacity to critically engage with sociological, anthropological and psychoanalytical theories of religion; (b) the capacity to critically discuss the relationship between religion, human rights and constitutional law.
Research Report - HRS4805
Honours NQF level: 8 Credits: 36
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: To provide students with an opportunity to engage in the research process and write up a research project of approximately 7000 words or twenty-five pages. The student will put into practice the cumulative process of `learning by doing?, that is carrying out a research project that reinforces critical thinking, scientific evaluation and/or critical appraisal, linguistic skills or other data collection skills, demonstrating competence in the scientific methods of enquiry, interpretation, analysis of relevant data and appropriate techniques. The research report will only be accepted in English.