Certificate in the Study of Major Religions in Malaysia (CSMRM)

This Certificate will provide the right platform for the people to understand each other regardless of their religious – cultural – ethnic differences. Especially, the Malaysian community, which comprises different religious groups, is in a need of a better and friendly environment, which can be established only through the study of the teachings of Malaysia’s major living religions, i.e., Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Chinese Religions. Indeed, this will be a great contribution for the well being of Malaysia as a country as well as a nation. Looking at the significance of religions in Malaysia and therefore, knowledge of the various religions is important for the Malaysians. As such, the Department of Usuluddin and Comparative religion through CERDAS offers a Certificate in Study of Major Religions of Malaysia, and in doing so, will generate income for the Kulliyah.

BJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

This programme is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • To equip participants with basic knowledge about the major religions of Malaysia, i.e., Islam, Christianity, Hindunism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Chinese Religions (Taoism and Confucianism), in their organic forms, as lived by their adhere ;
  • To introduce participants to the fundamental beliefs and teaching of these religions;

And

  • To prepare the participants to enter into a close conversation or communication with each other, .i.e., inter – religious or interfaith dialogues and activities.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

By completing this certificate, participants are expected:

  • To demonstrate understanding of the fundamental teachings of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Chinese Religions (Taoism, Confucianism);
  • To identify the similarities and differences among the theologies and basic doctrines of all these religions and his/her own religion; and
  • To relate the teachings of all other religions to the perspective of his/her own religion.

NAME OF THE PROGRAMME

  • Certificate in Study of Major Religions of Malaysia, IIUM

MODULES
The modules proposed for this certificate are as follows:

  1. STUDY OF ISLAM
  2. STUDY OF CHRISTIANITY
  3. STUDY OF HINDUSIM
  4. STUDY OF BUDDHISM
  5. STUDY OF SIKHISM
  6. STUDY OF CHINESE RELIGIONS (TAOISM,CONFUCIANISM)

In light of the IIUM mission and vision, each module will cover issues related to historical background, scriptures, basic theologies and doctrines, rites and rituals, denominations and sects, and contemporary issues and developments of a particular religion.

MINIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS PER INTAKE
Twenty (20) Participants

DATE OF COMMENCEMENT
September 2013

DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME
This certificate will be conducted in six (6) months consisting of seventy-two (72) contact hours. One module consists of twelve (12) contact hours.

MODE OF PROGRAMME
This certificate in the study of major Religion in Malaysia is a face – to – face programme, which involves lectures on Saturdays or Sundays to suit the needs of working participants. At the end of the programme there will be a visit to places of worship as well as religious institutions related to each religion.

CERTIFICATE STRUCTURE

MODULES

DESCRIPTION

CONTACT HOURS

1

STUDY OF ISLAM

12 Hours

2

STUDY OF CHRISTIANITY

12 Hours

3

STUDY OF HINDUSIM

12 Hours

4

STUDY OF BUDDHISM

12 Hours

5

STUDY OF SIKHISM

12 Hours

6

STUDY OF CHINESE RELIGIONS(TAOISM & CONFUCIANISM)

12 Hours

MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION

  • English language will be used as the medium of instruction for all classes and other information related to this certificate.

VENUE

CERDAS, IIUM GOMBAK

LECTURES/INSTRUCTORS

  • Lectures / instructors and Coordinator for this certificate are to be assigned by the Department of Usuluddin and Comparative Religion.

TUITION FEE

RM 3180 per student

There is no specific academic qualification required to enroll in this programme .It is open for all members of the public community

  • TARGET GROUP
    General Public, Malaysian and non- Malaysian citizens, and especially religious officers working in governmental and non-governmental sectors.