Global Opportunities

PHI1002 : Philosophy and Religion

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To introduce students to themes and perspectives in philosophy and theology.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module examines questions such as: Do aspects of ‘secular’ society contain traces of religion? If God does not exist can we have something like a ‘divine’ or ‘sacred’ experience? Does religion provide us with a different kind of knowledge to ‘pure’ rationality? These questions may be addressed with relation to thinkers from the ancient world, the Middle Ages, and contemporary Europe. Central themes include:
•       The death of God and the death of the subject
•       Onto-theo-logy
•       The end of metaphysics
•       The relation between faith and reason.
•       Proofs for God’s existence
•       The language we use to describe God, with particular reference to negative or apophatic theology.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Essay preparation and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities201:0020:00Specific research or reading activities developed and directed by academic staff
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching201:0020:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching and assessment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide students with broad introductions to various texts/thinkers/themes, while seminars provide the opportunity for closer textual engagement and discussions with lecturers/tutors and fellow students.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A502000 word essay
Essay2A502000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essays are based on the material covered in each semester and provide students with the opportunity to further research topics of interest. The essays test the ability to think creatively, self-critically and independently. This assessment method also gauges students’ ability to move between generalisation and appropriately detailed discussion, to cite relevant texts and interpret them adequately, to discover examples in support of or to challenge a position, and to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant considerations.

Reading Lists