Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
This module will allow students to consider the philosophical issues and lived experience when it comes to range of ways of understanding human desire, gender, society and religion. It will also offer students the opportunity to examine and a range of perspectives, beliefs and practices, both religious and philosophical, on mortality and the nature of our eventual but inevitable finitude.
A range of both religious and non-religious views will be examined on the subjects of death, love and desire. These will include Buddhist, Hindu and Christian perspectives as well as a number of emergent and indigenous traditions and offer a survey of the ways in which they have understood and approached issues of desire, sex and gender – and the relations between them. The philosophical, religious and social significance of death will also be considered – partly through an ethnographic assessment of beliefs and practices surrounding death in a number of religious contexts, and partly through philosophical analysis.
A student passing this module should be able to:
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