World View: Religion, Atheism and Meaning
Course Code :
Philosophy and Ethics
Study load (hours):
Credit and exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:
exam in the 2nd semester
Walter Van Herck
1. Prerequisites *
At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:
an active knowledge of
a passive knowledge of
general knowledge of the use of a PC and the Internet
2. Learning outcomes *
Students gain insight in the specificity of the question concerning the meaning of life and are able to elaborate on several philosophical perspectives on that topic.
Students understand how the search for meaning relates to science and knowledge.
Students understand how religions/atheism try to answer the search for meaning.
Students see possibilities for interaction between different world views and cultures. They understand how participation in such a dialogue would be possible (active pluralism).
Students understand how world views, religion, meaning in life and culture interact.
Students can reflect on the relation between secular and religious answers to the search for meaning.
3. Course contents *
4 International dimension*
The course has an international dimension.
The lecturer uses course materials in a foreign language
The lecturer teaches the subject of the course mainly as an internationally oriented comparison
The lecturer gives information about his own cultural frame of reference in relation to other perspectives
5. Teaching method and planned learning activities
Class contact teaching
5.3 Facilities for working students *
Lectures: recording available via video link on Blackboard
6. Assessment method and criteria
Written exam: electronic
7. Study material *
7.1 Required reading
7.2 Optional reading
The following study material can be studied voluntarily :
8. Contact information *