Sidebar    Religious Studies

What is the meaning of “religion” in the 21st century? Sigmund Freud sought to bring religion under the microscope of scientific rationality in his 1927 work The Future of an Illusion. Religion, answering back, might quote Mark Twain: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Religion has always been a prominent force in human life, and, despite predictions to the contrary, it remains one today. In this region, it is impossible to understand our society or those of our neighbours without understanding the religions that permeate them. Moreover, by virtue of its secular state and pluralistic society, Singapore is well positioned to take a leading role in the study of religion. Religious Studies at NUS will involve the scholarly exploration both of the phenomenon of religion and of different religious traditions. Religious Studies, as a scholarly and intellectual discipline, transcends individual disciplines to consider beliefs, practices, texts, history and social functions of religion from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. This programme will train students to discuss — with respect and grace — some of the most volatile issues of our time.

Programme Requirements

Requirements for Cohort 2010 and After:

Pass at least 24 MCs from the list of Religious Studies Minor modules, which include:

  1. Essential:
    1. GEK1045 or GEH1045 Introduction to World Religions (Essential Module)
  2. Electives:
    1. A minimum of two modules (8 MCs) at Level-3000 or higher
    2. Students are limited to taking a maximum of three modules from a single department (outside the student’s major).
GEK1045 or GEH1045 Introduction to World Religions
GEM1033 or GEH1055 Religion and Film
HY2230 Southeast Asian Islam in Historical Perspective
HY2234 Buddhism in Southeast Asian History
HY2253 Christianity in World History
HY2255 Islam in World History
MS2205 Islam and Contemporary Malay Society
PH2204 Introduction to Indian Thought
PH2211 Philosophy of Religion
SN2271 Religion and Society in South Asia
SN2276 Islam: Society and Culture in South Asia
SN2278 Introduction to Sikhism
XD2201 The Bible and Christianity
PH2321/GEK2046 Philosophies of Zen (Chan) Buddhism
SE2226 Moro Peoples of the Philippines
SE2228 The History and Anthropology of Christianity in SE Asia
SE2880A Southeast Asia’s Cultural Mosaic
MS2212 Law and Malay Society
HY3241 Religion in the History of China and Japan
HY3246 History of Muslim Southeast Asia
JS3211 Modern Japanese Religion
MS3218 The Religious Life of the Malays
PH3304 Daoist Traditions
PS3236 Ethnicity & Religion in Asian Politics
SC3208 Religion in Society and Culture
SE3211 Religion, Society and Politics in SE Asia
SN3276 Introduction to Indian Classical Texts
SN3278 Rivers of India: Divinity and Sacred Space
USP3506 Religion in the Contemporary World
MS3219 Muslim Personal Law in Southeast Asia
LL4042 Law and Religion
MS4880A Topics in Muslim Revivalism
SC4218 Religions, Secularity, Post-Secularity

Note 1:
Students who have taken XD2101 prior to AY2011/2012 could still classify this module to fulfil the elective requirement of the minor.

Students are advised to study more than one religion (i.e., you should not read ALL your electives in courses focusing on just Buddhism or just Islam).

A maximum of 8 MCs from the minor can be used to satisfy the requirements of a major or another minor.

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