5RH211 The World Religions, 7.5 Credits
The World Religions, 7.5 Credits
History of Religions
Autumn 2019/2020 Aug - Nov (w35-w44). Internet based distance education. Language English.
Admission at universityadmissions.se or antagning.se, admission code: RH211
Entry requirements
General requirements for university studies. Theology, 30 credits from Introductory level, or equivalent.
Education Level
First cycle
The purpose of the course is to increase students’ understanding of the basic contents, expressions, and social functions of world religions. Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are studied and to a certain extent related asian religions. In addition, the course aims at conveying a deepened phenomenological perspective, by focusing on and comparing general religious phenomena. Excerpts from respective sacred texts are studied and discussed.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• be able to account for the basic tenets and character of world religions
• display general knowledge of world religions to be able to analyze similarities and differences between them
• demonstrate an understanding of the idiosyncratic essence and common traits of a particular religion.
Esposito, John L., 2011. Islam the Straight Path. Fourth Edition. Oxford, UK and New York, NY: Oxford University Press (368 pp.).

Knott, Kim, 2016. Hinduism: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press (176 pp.).

Segal, Eliezer, 2008. Introducing Judaism. London and New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group (346 pp.)

Strong, John S., 2015. Buddhisms: An Introduction. London: Oneworld Publications (pp. 1-160, 235-256, 291-318).

Different source texts in translation.
Jan-Olov Fors
Exam Types
Papers, Take-home examination.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
Additional Directives
If a student due to disability has a decision from the EHS on special pedagogical support, the examiner shall, if necessary, adapt the examination and conduct the examination in an alternative way.
Completion of a course requires a minimum of 80% attendance at lectures and 100% attendance at seminars/group work and other assignments. Absence beyond that can be compensated by supplementing assignment(s) if the instructor finds it possible. In case of an absence of 50% or more, the course is considered as interrupted, even if assignments have been completed.
Confirmed by Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Teologiska högskolan Stockholm 2009-02-05
Literature revised 2019-05-22
Revised 2017-02-22