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This course provides students with a general introduction to the study of mysticism and a basic knowledge of mystic thought/experience in different traditions. While the course does not stress the comparative aspect of mysticism, it does encourage students to develop theoretical frames and analytical tools which will allow them a deeper understanding of the phenomenon.
Special attention is paid to the philosophical and psychological roots of mystic experience and this is complemented by focusing on the historical and socio-cultural reasons which motivated the expansion of mystic groups at different times in diverse places.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
On successful completion of the course, a student will:
- Have acquired a sound knowledge of mysticism in different traditions.
- Have acquired an understanding of different theoretical approaches to mysticism.
- Be able to critically evaluate and apply these theoretical approaches to the study of mysticism.
- Be able to research independently combining the theoretical reflection with the study of mysticism in a chosen tradition.
- Be able to produce two substantial written essays reflecting critical thinking on both theory of mysticism and a chosen mystic tradition.
- Be able to work with fellow students, actively participate in seminar and give class presentations on a chosen topic.
- Demonstrate advanced bibliographic and research skills in the study of mysticism.