HM6501: Love, Sex, and Death

HM6501: Love, Sex, and Death

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Love, Sex, and Death
Module Code HM6501
Module Tutor Martin Wood
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

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.

Indicative Syllabus

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.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. have brought prior study and knowledge to bear on the specific themes of this module
  2. articulate the way in which desire has been both understand as to be eradicated and/or transformed by religious traditions.
  3. critically interrogate the ways religious and philosophical thinkers have sought to place human sexual behaviours within conceptual schemes.
  4. work across the three disciplines of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics to engage in critical thematic work
  5. draw connections between elements such as social history and philosophical theory.
  6. think critically about their own behaviour in the light of the ideas studied.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 28
Independent Learning Hours: 122
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Assignment: Individual: 2500 words
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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