This course explores a wide range of religious traditions, from Buddhism to Christianity to Paganism, with a focus on living traditions. The approach taken is open and exploratory, with an emphasis on direct first-hand experience of religious communities.
The religious traditions studied are diverse, including major traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam or Christianity, and the less well known such as newer religious movements. Included in the programme are contemporary developments such as Paganism and Goddess spirituality. We range from the local, such as religions in Bath and Glastonbury, to the global, such as Japanese Religions. Crucial to the study of religions is direct encounter and experiential learning, and the course includes visits and a one-week placement in a religious community. There are opportunities to follow up your own interests or career plans in a variety of special projects, employment related placements and a dissertation.
Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants
260–300 UCAS Tariff points.
Beyond Belief: Introduction to the Study of Religions and Spiritualities (core module);
Truth and Value: Introduction to Philosophical and Ethical Enquiry (core module);
Global Religions and Philosophies;
Spirituality, Culture and Civilisation: An Introduction to faith and Belief in Global Perspective
Philosophy and Thinking in Schools;
Medieval and Renaissance Worlds.
Darshana, Dharma and Dao: Philosophy in the Indian and Chinese Traditions (core module);Exploring Global Christianity;
Exploring Global Christianity
Power, Duty and Desire: Life and Liberation in the Hindu Tradition;
Buddhism: Historical and Doctrinal Developments;
Saints and Soldiers: Mysticism, Militancy and Modernity in the Sikh Tradition;
Philosophy, Religions and the Environment.
Studying Religions in the Contemporary World (core module);
Employment related placement (alternative to Dissertation);
Buddhism in Practice;
Religion, Philosophy and Gender;
Life and Meaning;
Advanced Special Project;
The Song of the Lord: Hinduism, Religion, Scripture and the Bhagavad-Gita;
Spiritual Revolution: Pagan, New and Alternative Religions in the 21st Century;
Religion, Culture and Society in Japan;
Muslim Migration and Islam in Europe
Without Fear or Favour: National and International Perspectives on Religion, Culture and Education;
Culture and Counterculture: from Orientalism to the ‘Hippy Trail’.
A popular career for our students is teaching Religious Education and/or Citizenship in secondary or primary schools, where there is a shortage of specialists. The combination of studying religions and philosophy is particularly good preparation for this, and one module is specially designed as preparation for a career in education. Others have gone on to further academic study and university teaching.
It is increasingly important for people in a wide range of careers to be able to mix with people from different religious and cultural backgrounds, for example past students have had careers in the police, hospital administration, social work, and journalism. Study of Religions comes in useful when working overseas whether in tourism or other businesses.
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