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Religious Studies

135.104 Introduction to Sanskrit15 credits
An introduction to the Classical Sanskrit language, including the Devanagari script, basic grammatical structures and common vocabulary.

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135.201 Ancient Religions15 credits
A study of religion in selected ancient societies, such as Egypt, Mesopotamia and Persia (Iran). In each case, religious beliefs and practices are examined against the background of their historical context.

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135.207 Sex, Gender and Religion15 credits
An exploration of how religious traditions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam shape the construction of gender and the expression of sexuality.

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135.209 Religion and Current Issues15 credits
This course looks at religious factors in contemporary issues - local, national and global. Current issues and events are examined in relation to their religious content, and the significance of these issues and events within the religion and in current world context is assessed.

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135.210 Islam: Religion and Society15 credits
An historical and contemporary survey of Islam as a religion and a civilization, with particular emphasis on religio-political ideals and practice.

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135.211 Jesus and his World15 credits
A study of the life and teaching of Jesus, his Jewish context, and the early Jesus movement, based on the writings of the period.

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135.305 Religious Writings15 credits
A study of selected religious writings.

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135.308 Religions in New Zealand15 credits
This course takes a broad view of this country's religious life in all its variety in the present time. It includes consideration of Māori beliefs today and how Pacific Island and world religions are practised in New Zealand.

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135.800 MPhil Thesis120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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135.801 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 160 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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135.802 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 260 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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135.816 Thesis (Part I)60 credits
 

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135.817 Thesis (Part II)60 credits
 

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135.899 MA Thesis Religious Studies120 credits
 

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135.900 PhD Religious Studies120 credits
 

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