religion is offered fully online this session. We may run
a face-to-face tutorial if enough students want it, but do not guarantee
Here are some
responses from previous students which may help you decide.
student comments from Session 2, 2002.
- Iíve learned so much and challenged my own thoughts and opinions.
I think the course is a life lesson which could benefit anyone
- Interesting and relatively unstressful, just enjoyable.
- I very much enjoyed the face-to-face tutorial because it allowed
me to identify a person and personality to an opinion, which
is essential for the establishment of respect and open discussion.
- I did not like having the course completely online. I really think
it lacked something not having face-to-face tutorials. At first
I thought it would be better because I could flexibly choose
when to do my work, but the Internet was so impersonal and boring
that I could not motivate myself to participate fully.
- I found you could say more what you think (in the online discussions)
and be open when not in a face-to-face tutorial situation.†
They were fun!
- I think that because the discussion was not face-to-face, and
there was ample time to consider my opinion, I made a better
contribution than I would have in a normal tutorial environment.
The availability of all the information meant I could easily
refresh the lectures when I needed to.
- I loved the online lectures. They were so understandable. If something
was confusing, I could re-read it, I didnít have to take notes,
I could just print. I also love being able to submit assignments
online, donít waste paper or time.
- The online discussion was very helpful. I got to know what other
people really think about certain issues. To be able to respond
any time I like is very good because I have time to think before
- The fact that it was online and that you were free to express
your opinions in your own time and have time to formulate your
thoughts and your answers was extremely helpful.
tutorials, if they run, will be held Monday 6-7pm Old Main Building.
We start March 1st.
choosing the online option should access the course via WebCT,
and send an email as per the instructions under "announcements"
in the Discussion area.
Many people believe that Scientific
and Religious views will inevitably conflict and there has been
a long history of this. We believe that harmony can be found between
the two disciplines of science and theology and we will explore
this in some of its most modern expressions; these can be seen in
the list of topics for the lectures and tutorials.
In presenting a subject like this there
are dangers because inevitably some of your cherished beliefs will
be challenged. (During preparation some of my beliefs have been
challenged: I had not reckoned on the possibility of the evolution
of consciousness). We should all try to be sensitive about this,
being prepared to present and argue our ideas in a logical fashion,
as befitting University Study. We should also be prepared to listen
to and try to understand other people's ideas, especially when they
conflict with our own.
Details of the
content of the course are given below.
Here are some previous student comments
on the Science and Religion subject.