Academic Convenor
Dr. Oona Paredes

(On leave during AY 2018-19)

+ Minor in Religious Studies
+ Requirements
Cohort 2009 & Before
Cohort 2010 & After
+ Modules Offered
+ Modules Description
+ Timetable
+ FAQs

What is the meaning of “religion” in the 21st-century?  Sigmund Freud sought to bring religion beneath the microscope of scientific rationality in his 1927 work The Future of an Illusion.  Religion, answering back, might quote Mark Twain: "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

Religion has always been a prominent force in human life, and, despite predictions to the contrary, it remains one today.  In this region, it is impossible to understand our society or those of our neighbours’ without understanding the religions that permeate them.  Moreover, by virtue of its secular state and pluralistic society, Singapore is well positioned to take a leading role in the study of religion.

Religious Studies at NUS will involve the scholarly exploration both of the phenomenon of religion and of different specific religious traditions.  Religious Studies, as a scholarly and intellectual discipline, transcends individual disciplines to consider beliefs, practices, texts, history and social functions of religion from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

This programme will train students to discuss - with respect and grace - some of the most volatile issues of our time

* World Religions (GEH1045/GEK1045), the compulsory module for the Minor in Religious Studies, will not be offered in AY2018-19. Students interested in fulfilling this requirement within the next year are advised to take the module in Sem 2 (AY2017-18).