The Global Search for Meaning - RSST3500

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module provides a thematic introduction to selected topics and debates that span global philosophical, religious and cultural traditions. It will explore issues such as the nature of reality, of the self, and of goodness or value, the foundations of ethics and the ideal society, and the goals of life in a variety of worldviews. Cross-referencing cultural traditions with broader theoretical and philosophical debates, it seeks to provide a foundation for understanding key concepts and themes found within the world's traditions of philosophy and religion, and exploring their implications for fundamental debates about truth, society, psychology and the good life.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Annotated bibliography (1,000 words) – 30%
Essay (2,500 words) – 70%

Reassessment methods
Essay (3,000 words) – 100%

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices. The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages:

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an appreciation for key themes that shape a variety of philosophical, cultural and religious traditions across the globe;
2 Describe and present discussions and debates surrounding these key concepts, ideas, and practices;
3 Understand and contrast approaches to key themes across more than one culture, comparing different views and practices;
4 Demonstrate an appreciation of the intercultural challenges of comprehending, comparing and contrasting different cultural traditions;
5 Apply a variety of methodological, hermeneutical and historiographical perspectives relevant to the study of philosophical and theoretical ideas explored in the module.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate a capacity to engage with a variety of scholarly resources to extend the understanding, evaluate evidence and construct a persuasive argument;
2 Use basic electronic resources to further their research skills;
3 Demonstrate a basic grasp of good citation and referencing skills.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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