Comparative approach of religions

ltheo2170  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Comparative approach of religions
4.00 credits
30.0 h
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.
Learning outcomes

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

1 - to understand critically the methods of the comparative study in sciences of religions, particularly in history of religions;
2 - to evaluate them;
3 - to use the reference books for documentation and research in that field.
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. 
Help to bibliographical researchs, Critical Comparative methodology.
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
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Theology

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

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Sciences of Religions

Certificat universitaire en sciences des religions