The Search For Meaning: Judaism, Christianity & Islam TRS1025

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

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


17 sessions @ 2.5 hours taught over three weeks, of which 9 will comprise a mixture of lecture and discussion, 8 will have seminar format or involve relevant visits.

Requirements of Entry

This course is only available to students taking part in the International Summer School.

Excluded Courses





Essay (2,500 words) - 100%

Main Assessment In: August

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below: 

Essay is not available for reassessment.

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity:

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

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

■ to 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.

■ to demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity within the religions.

■ to 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.