TRS 1: The Search For Meaning: Judaism, Christianity & Islam TRS1008

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce you to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, their scriptures, rituals and doctrines, and their influence in the world today. The course will explore the features that unite and divide co-religionists, and how issues such as gender, politics, and religious fundamentalism affect these religions.


Lectures: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12pm; weekly one hour seminars (choice of times)

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



Coursework: one 1500 word essay (50%)

Examination: one 90 minute exam (50%)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to: 

■ examine the beliefs and practices of Jews, Christians and Muslims

■ critically assess some of the historical and cultural influences on Judaism, Christianity and Islam

■ identify the ongoing development of these religions in their varied global contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ describe and critically analyse some of the main features of the three religions.

■ demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity within the religions.

■ discuss some of the historical and contemporary challenges that have influenced these religions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.