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MA in Quakerism in the Modern World (Distance Learning)

Overview

This new MA Quakerism in the Modern World programme is the result of an innovative, interdisciplinary collaboration between the Postgraduate Quaker Study Centre at Woodbrooke, Birmingham and the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Religion (PPR) at Lancaster University.

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The MA is designed to introduce students to theories, issues and processes connected with the history, theology and sociology of Quakerism in a global context. It offers training in research methods and includes a module on theories of international relations to help students better understand the modern global context. The programme is especially relevant to those interested in Quaker theology and history, the adaptation of religious groups to new social and geographical settings, globalisation and religion, and secularisation and Quakerism in a changing political environment. It is an excellent way to prepare for PhD research or for leadership in denominational settings. Building on established scholarship, this distance learning master course offers convenience and flexibility in terms of study time and location. The programme will be offered full-time (12 months, October start) or part-time (24 months, October start) from the 2014-2015 academic year. Alternatively the Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies is an excellent way to gain a grounding in the academic study of the Quaker past and present.

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Please contact the programme director Chris Partridge (c.partridge@lancaster.ac.uk) for more details. For specific details about the Quaker content of the course, please contact Ben Dandelion (b.dandelion@lancaster.ac.uk).

Structure

This distance learning MA Quakerism in the Modern World programme is delivered entirely online. It begins in early October, with an online orientation session conducted through Moodle VLE and web conferencing system. This introduces students to course tutors, familiarises students with the requirement of the programme and online learning tools and resources (e.g. Moodle VLE, discussion forum, e-library etc).

The programme aims to help students to realise their academic potential, by encouraging choice and independence in their studies. Based on the distance learning pedagogical principles, it employs a wide variety of online learning tools to enhance students' learning experience.

The programme consists of 5 taught distance learning modules and a dissertation. For each module, learning activities consist of compulsory key readings, lecture podcasts, as well as participation in presentation, web seminars and online discussion forums:

  • PPR.400d: Theory and Concepts in Postgraduate Studies (Distance)
  • PPR.405d: Dissertation (Distance)
  • PPR.410d: Major approaches to the study of International Relations (Distance)
  • PPR.489d: Quaker Theology in Context (Distance)
  • PPR.490d: Quakerism, Peace and Justice (Distance)
  • PPR.491d: The Sociology of Contemporary Quakerism (Distance)

Each module is to be completed within a 10-week period and assessed by the participation in weekly learning activities and a 5,000 word essay (to be submitted after the end of the module). The final component of the course involves a dissertation of 20,000 words, on a research topic of the student’s own choice. Study throughout the whole programme is comprehensively supported through supervised online group discussions, web seminars and individual academic supervision to ensure an engaging and enjoyable distance learning experience.

Finally, for those interested, there will be an optional Summer School based at Woodbrooke and at Lancaster University in the heart of ‘1652 country’, which will include additional lectures and guided visits to key sites of Quaker interest.

How to apply

Further information on how to apply can be found at http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/

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