Religion in the Contemporary World - RSST3420

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The curriculum will be structured to introduce students to a range of key theories and debates which provide a basic framework for the social and cultural study of contemporary religion. Each session will introduce students to a particular theory or debate, using panel presentations in the seminars to get a small group to present their initial understanding and questions of relevant introductory literature. Throughout the module, students will be helped to see possible connections between these various theories and debates, as well as think about current issues to which these theories and debates might be relevant.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Essay (2,000 words) – 50%
Examination (2 hours) – 50%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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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 Articulate clearly core concepts and arguments in key theories and debates in the social and cultural study of contemporary religion;
2 Articulate clearly relevant criticisms of key theories and ideas, and evaluate the validity of these;
3 Demonstrate some understanding of how different theories or accounts of religion in the contemporary world could be understood in relation to each other;
4 Identify ways in which particular theories or debates may be relevant for specific case examples in contemporary culture and society.

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

1 Demonstrate a clear understanding of the content of secondary literature which provides introductions and overviews of key theories and debates;
2 Identify and critically evaluate sources relevant to a particular theory or debate;
3 Present their ideas clearly verbally and in writing at a level appropriate to first year, undergraduate study.


  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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