V8K107 Religion and Society MA Postgraduate Taught 2020
This course looks at religion from anthropological and sociological perspectives. Durham has particular strengths in the study of Mormonism, death, dying and disposal, religion and emotion, religion/faith and globalisation, religion and politics, contemporary evangelicalism and post-evangelicalism, and religion and generational change. It also boasts the Centre for Death and Life Studies and the Project for Spirituality, Theology and Health.
- Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion - core module
- Three optional modules
- Social Scientific Methods in the Study of Religion
Optional modules in previous years have included 2-3 choices from:
- Ritual, Symbolism and Belief in the Anthropology of Religion
- Theology, Ethics and Medicine
- Literature and Religion
- Christian Northumbria 600-750
- Ecclesiology and Ethnography
- Religion in the Neo-Liberal Age.
Plus up to 1 choice from:
- Advanced Hebrew Texts
- Advanced Aramaic
- Middle Egyptian
- The Bible and Hermeneutics
- The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the New Testament
- Paul and his Interpreters
- Gospels and Canon
- Patristic Exegesis
- Patristic Ecclesiology
- England's Religious Revolution 1640-1660
- Liturgy and Sacramentality
- Classic Texts in Christian Theology
- Conceiving Change in Contemporary Catholicism
- Christian Gender
- Principles of Theological Ethics
- Catholic Social Thought
- Doctrine of Creation
- The Thought of Thomas Aquinas in Context
- Selected modules from the MA in Theology and Ministry course
- Level 3 undergraduate module, or any Level 1–2 language module offered by the Department of Theology and Religion, taken in conjunction with the designated Extended Study in Theology & Religion module
- 30 credits from another Board of Studies (including appropriate credit-bearing language modules offered by the University’s Centre for Foreign Language Study).
Learning and Teaching
Course Learning and Teaching
Most MA teaching is delivered through small group seminars and tutorials. These exemplify and encourage the various skills and practices required for independent scholarly engagement with texts and issues. Teaching in the Department of Theology and Religion is ‘research led’ at both BA and MA levels, but particularly at MA level. Research led teaching is informed by staff research, but more importantly, it aims to develop you as independent researchers, able to pursue and explore your own research interests and questions. This is why the independently researched MA dissertation is the culmination of the MA course. Such engagement with texts and issues is not only an excellent preparation for doctoral research, it also develops those skills of critical analysis, synthesis and presentation sought and required by employers.
Many MA classes will contain a ‘lecture’ element, conveying information and exemplifying an approach to the subject matter that will enable you to develop a clear understanding of the subject and improve your own ability to analyse and evaluate information and arguments. Seminars enhance knowledge and understanding through preparation and interaction with other students and staff, promoting awareness of and respect for different viewpoints and approaches, and developing skills of articulacy, advocacy and interrogation. Through small group discussions and tutorials, feedback is provided on completed work, with the opportunity to discuss specific issues in detail, enhancing knowledge and writing skills.
The Dissertation module includes training in generic research skills, from the use of the Library to issues in referencing and bibliography. The subject specific core module introduces you to questions of interpretation and argument in the disciplines encompassed by theology and religion, and helps you to develop your own interests and questions that will issue in the MA dissertation. The latter is a piece of independent research, but it is fostered and guided through individual tutorials with a supervisor, with whom you will meet throughout the academic year.
Subject requirements, level and grade
The standard entry requirement is a BA (Honours) degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent, for example, a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale) in Theology, Religious Studies or a related discipline.
The three principal exceptions to this rule are as follows:
- Graduates of anthropology, sociology, psychology and other related programmes
- Graduates of other disciplines who have studied at undergraduate or equivalent level in one or more of the areas in which they hope to work, through their first degrees, through training for the ministry of the churches, and so on
- Students from overseas universities who have successfully reached a point in their theological studies comparable with completion of a British BA at the standard noted above - for example, on the German model, passing the Zwischenprüfung or Kolloquium and two semesters at the Hauptseminar level.
The University will contact the referees named in your application directly. Please ensure that your referees are able to provide a reference in a timely fashion. If you are also applying for a Durham MA bursary, please ensure that your referees understand that their references will be used both for admission and for a very competitive funding process.
English Language requirements
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How to apply
Fees and Funding
Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£9,000.00 per year|
|Home Student||£9,000.00 per year|
|Island Student||£9,000.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£19,500.00 per year|
Part Time Fees
|EU Student||£5,000.00 per year|
The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).
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