Comparative approach of religions

ltheo2170  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Comparative approach of religions
3 credits
30.0 h
Cornu Philippe;
Main themes
To achieve those objectives, the introduction to the methods and the recourse to the reference books will be applied to the comparative study of doctrines, practices or institutions chosen in various religions.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this activity, the student will be able: - to understand critically the methods of the comparative study in sciences of religions, particularly in history of religions; - to evaluate them; - to use the reference books for documentation and research in that field.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
-Critical analysis of Comparatism in Religions. Methodology in order to establish a valid comparative study. Hermeneutics, Philology and structural and doctrinal analysis. Exemples of valid and in valid comparative studies in the five main religions. Analysis of students comparative works (TD).
Teaching methods
Public course in classroom, student's short works about comparativ studies (teacher providing documents and topics) with analysis and debate during the sessions. 
Evaluation methods
Final writing work about 15 pages on comparative study of a topic (decided with the teacher).
Other information
-Public course with obligarory presence of students. 
  • Cornu, Philippe, Introduction à l'Histoire des religions, Louvain-la-Neuve, 2017
Bibliographie donnée lors du cours. Provided during the course.
Teaching materials
  • Cornu, Philippe, Introduction à l'Histoire des religions, Louvain-la-Neuve, 2017
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Theology

Master [120] in Anthropology

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Sciences of Religions