Religious Law

Course code RELT3024
Not available in 2015

Description

This course will address the history, nature and practice of religious law in major world religions with particular attention to Jewish Halakha, Christian Canon Law, and Islamic Sharia. The relationship between the ethical and moral frameworks of these traditions will be analysed with reference to their impact upon legal systems. As well, the impact of these law systems upon practical religious life in these communities will be investigated. Religious laws often contribute to the shaping of group identities, the legitimation of power, and the regulation of religious communities. This course may compare examples from a range of places and periods, premodern and modern, to cast into perspective dilemmas and debates that figure in the contemporary life today. Lastly, the course will address the ways in which religious laws relate to and contrast with modern secular legal systems.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the history of religious law in major world religions with attention to Jewish Halakha, Christian Canon Law, and Islamic Sharia;

2. Critically evaluate the impact of religious ethics upon legal systems;

3. Reflect upon the impact of religious laws upon personal and community identities;

4. Compare religious law to modern secular legal systems;

5. Demonstrate advanced writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.

Content

This course will examine the development of the understandings of religious law in a variety of religious traditions with reference to their impact upon personal and community identities.

Assumed Knowledge

RELT2022 Religious Ethics

Assessment Items

Essay: 2 x Essays

Online Learning Activity: 5 x Online Discussion Board

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term