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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: RST3708, RST3709, RST3711, RST3712 and RST3713

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?
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.
Theorising Key Terms in the Study of Religion - RST4801
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to gain insight into theories of selected key terms in the study of religion. Students who successfully complete this module will be able to demostrate not only a critical engagement with such theorised key terms, but will also be able to apply these to specific cses studies across religious traditions.
Philosophies of Religion - RST4802
Honours NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Recommendation: It is recommended that Students have a background to religions and theories of religions.
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to provide an in-depth comparative understanding of critical issues in a selection of global philosophies of religion. Students who successfully complete this module will be able to demostrate a creative and critical approach to questions posed in a selection within or across Western, Asian, islamic and African philosophies of religion.
Designing a Research Proposal - RST4804
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to gain insight into the major research methodologies emplyed in Religious Studies, Islamic Studies and Arabic. Students who successfully complete this module will be able to incorporate this knowlwdge in the compilation of a research proposal.
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.
Writing a Research Article - RST4805
NQF level: 8 Credits: 36
Module presented in Module presented online
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to write a research article under the guidance of an academic staff member in Religious Studies, Islamic Studies or Arabic. Students who successfully complete this module will have produced a submission ready article for an accredited journal.
Introducing Theories 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.
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
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
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
Analysing 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 comprises 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.
Problematising Africa's Religious Heritage and World Religions - RST3711
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: is to provide a post-colonial theoretical lens to analyse problems in either African, Semitic or Asian religions. Students who successfully complete this module will be able to examine a selection of contemporary problems such as identity formations, migration, conflict, human rights, dissent, gender, race and caste using post-colonial theories.
Analysing Religion and the Spiritual Self - RST3712
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: this module is to enable students to provide a critical understanding of the formations and representations of the spiritual self in relation to religion. It focuses on the emotional and examined life of the individual, including the roles of myth, ritual and public life. On completion of the module students will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of historical representations of the self in relation to religious motifs from various religious traditions, for example the relation between identity, politics and religion
Analysing Religion in Literary Writings, Audio and Visual Media Forms in Africa - RST3713
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: is to analyse the roles of religion in literary writings, audio and visual media forms in Africa. Students who successfully complete this module will be able to contextually analyse how literary writings, audio and visual media forms express major religious themes such as the relation between myths and rituals, secularisation discourses, violence and politics, collective identities, and economic exchange
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.