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BA in History and Religious Studies (Full Time)

Lancaster University

Bachelor Degree , History

Course Description

Develop your critical abilities within two vibrant departments of like-minded students and expert scholars and gain a strong understanding of how History and Religious Studies intersect and influence one another.

History and Religious studies first year modules are designed to extend and deepen your knowledge of the past and introduce you to major historical topics and themes from the ancient world to the present day. You will have the opportunity to learn about the growth and development of the world’s major religious traditions and their primary characteristics. It also provides an overview of some of the forms religious belief takes in the contemporary world, as well as some of the problems and opportunities it faces.  There is also a cross-cultural and inter-religious examination of key issues in the study of religion relating to, for example, ethics, politics, gender, and the character of the religious life, many students choose to take additional, specialised modules on topics that compliment both elements of the degree. You will gain insights into how historians and religious studies experts conduct research, interpret the past and develop your own research, essay-writing and presentational skills.

In your second and third years focus on the themes, periods and nations which interest you the most, with options that include British, European, American, Asian and Middle Eastern history, from the eighth century BC to the twentieth century. Religious studies modules available to you address a broad spectrum of subjects that provide an opportunity to study the world's major religious traditions, to debate the role of religion in the modern world. Options include modules on religion and violence; religion and gender; religion and politics; philosophy and religious thought; religion in relation to secularism and multiculturalism; interpretations of sacred texts; and new religions.

Develop your critical abilities within two vibrant departments of like-minded students and expert scholars and gain a strong understanding of how History and Religious Studies intersect and influence one another. History and Religious studies first year modules are designed to extend and deepen your knowledge of the past and introduce you to major historical topics and themes from...

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Course Content

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

Year 1

Core

From Ancient to Modern: History and Historians

Religions of the Modern World

Optional

From Great War to Total War?

'Histories of Violence: How Imperialism made the Modern World'

Reform, Rebellion and Reason: Britain, 1500-1800

The Fall of Rome

Year 2

Core

Making History: Contexts, Sources and Publics

Optional

A History of Paris, c. 1730 to the Present

After Vietnam: Remembering, Representing and Refighting the 'Bad War'

Athens, Sparta and Alexander the Great, 403-31 BC

Athens, Sparta and the Greek World (c. 800-404 B.C.)

Buddhism and Modernity in Asian Societies

Byzantine and Muslim Sicily (535-1072)

Christianity in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations

Culture and Society in England, 1500-1750

From Education to Employment: History Work Placement Module

Gandhi and the End of Empire in India, 1885-1948

Hinduism in the Modern World

Islam: Tradition, Community and Contemporary Challenges

Nature and culture 1500-1700: Themes from the Renaissance

New World Order 1919-1939

Religion in Society: Theories and Methods

The English Civil War (1640-1660)

The History of the United States, 1789-1865

The History of the United States, 1865-1989

The Making and Unmaking of Heroes in German History: from Warriors and a People's Queen to Film Stars and a Football Team.

The Making of Germany, 843-1122

The Origins and Rise of Islam (600-1250 AD)

The United States and the Vietnam War

The Victorians and Before: Britain, 1783-1901

The Wartime Gender Contract & the Combat Taboo in 20th century Britain.

Three Colours, One Flag, One Empire: the French Colonial World, 1791-1962

Virginia, (1585-1685): adventure, war and tobacco in the first American colony

Year 3

Optional

Advertising and Consumerism in Britain, 1853-1960

Anarchy and society in the Caribbean, c.1620-c.1720

Bede and his World, c.660-740

Constructing Ethics in Islam: Shari'a, Society and Contemporary Challenges (Special Subject)

Continental Philosophy

Current issues in Global Christianity

Dissertation

Dissertation

Early Christianity

Gender Identities in the People's War: Experiences, Representations and Memories

Indian Religious and Philosophical Thought

Media, Religion and Politics

Modern Religious and Atheistic Thought

New religions and alternative spiritualities

Politics of Cultural Diversity

PPR in Education

PPR in India

Private Lives and Public Policy: Evacuation, Memory, and the Second World War

Reading Buddhism

Reading Islam

Religion and politics

Religion and Violence

Religions in the Modern World

Science and Society in England, 1640-1688

Society and the Divine in Ancient Greece

The Normans in Italy (1050-1194)

The Politics of Memory: The Contested Past in Museums, Monuments, and Minds

The Ritual and Social Contexts of Spirit Possession

'The Shock of the New': Modernity and the Modernisms of American Culture, 1877-1919

The Third Reich and Film

'These Beastly Obscenities': Monuments, Images and Antiquities in Imperial India

Vikings and Sea-Kings: Power and Plunder in the Irish Sea Region, 794-1079

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at...

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Entry Requirements

A Level AAB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via [email protected]

A Level AAB IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages. Other Qualifications International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level...

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