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Studies in Religion

Study systems of religious belief and practice, and examine the religious dimension of human existence in all its diversity when you take the interdisciplinary Studies in Religion programme at Waikato.

Religion is a universal phenomenon expressed in many forms. It has been a vital and pervasive feature of human life throughout the course of history. Most people have experienced the influence of religious thinking, religious practices and religious institutions at some time in their lives. In the contemporary world, religion continues to be a significant force, shaping people's lives and influencing political and social outcomes.

Waikato's Studies in Religion programme provides an open-minded, cross-disciplinary investigation of religion. It draws on history, philosophy, politics, sociology and cultural studies to examine religious beliefs and practices, and develop insight, empathy and understanding into the religious elements of human existence.

Religion and culture are often intertwined, and your studies will provide a window into diverse cultures, past and present. Our programme combines religious studies papers with nominated papers from other subjects, enabling you to create a coherent programme of specialist study.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Online
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Study Studies in Religion in these qualifications

Studies in Religion as a specialisation of

Graduate Study

Studies in Religion is not currently a subject for graduate programmes. However, students may count 500 level RELS-coded papers towards their graduate programme in another subject, at the discretion of the Programme Convenor.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
RELS101World Religions: Origins and DevelopmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
RELS102World Religions: Contemporary Life and PracticeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
STREL101World Religions: Origins and Development18A (Hamilton)
An introduction to the study of religions, to the main religions of the world, and to select issues of religion in the world today.
STREL102World Religions: Contemporary Life and Practice18A (Hamilton)
A comparative examination of contemporary values and practices in the major world religions, this paper will involve a critical exploration of life-cycle rituals and beliefs, from birth to death, food and clothing preferences, festivals and other activities associated with what religions do.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTHY207Magic, Cosmology and Religion18A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the anthropological study of religion and illustrates the crucial role religion has played in shaping human societies and human history more generally.
FASS296Work PlacementThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HIST208Religion, Superstition and Witchcraft in Early Modern EuropeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
RELS202Contemporary Issues in Religion: Extremism and TerrorThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
RELS205Interreligious Relations: Christianity and IslamThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
RELS206Studying Religion in Secular Society: Contemporary PerspectivesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
RELS215Islam: Religious Contours and Critical IssuesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
FASS396Work Placement18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
HIST308Religion, Superstition and Witchcraft in Early Modern EuropeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PHIL305Philosophy of Religion18B (Hamilton)
A detailed examination of selected issues in the field of philosophy of religion including the idea of God, the problem of evil, religious language and religious experience.
POLS300Religion and Political Violence18A (Online), 18S (Online) & 18T (Online)
This paper in the history of political ideas examines Christian attitudes to political violence over the past 2000 years. It gives students knowledge and understanding of both Christian pacifism and Christian 'just war' thought. It does this by examining writings of major Christian thinkers, including Augustine, Aquinas, Luther and...
RELS306Contemporary Issues in Religion: Extremism and Terror18B (Hamilton)
A critical exploration of selected contemporary issues in the study of religion.
RELS390Directed Study18A (Hamilton)
No description available.
SMST311Screen, Spirituality and CultureThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
RELS590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
RELS591Dissertation18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18C (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.

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Studies in Religion Programme


Studies in Religion is available as a major for the BA or BSocSc. Studies in Religion may also be taken as a second major or supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Studies in Religion, students must gain 120 points above 200 level in Studies in Religion, including RELS206 and at least 60 points above 200 level. It is recommended that students intending to major in Studies in Religion include RELS101 in the first year of their programme of study.

To complete a support in Studies in Religion, students must gain 70 points in Studies in Religion, including RELS101, RELS206 and at least 20 further points above 100 level.

Note(s): Before enrolling in the major, students will need to complete 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s). In 2017, students majoring in Studies in Religion may replace RELS206 with RELS202.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.


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Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4030
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: rels-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: rels-grad@waikato.ac.nz