Religious Studies

Undergraduate Degree Structure

Part I

All students take the core course "Religions of the Modern World" in their first year. This course provides an outline of the growth and development of the world’s major religious traditions, their primary characteristics, and subsequently considers some of the various forms they take in the contemporary world. After a general introduction to the study of religion, the course is divided into five sections. The first four sections reflect on four religious traditions – Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. The course concludes with a cross-cultural and inter-religious examination of some of the key issues for the study of religion in the modern world, such as ethics, politics, gender, and the character of religious life as it faces the challenges of the twenty-first century.

In common with other Lancaster degree schemes, all students take two minor courses These may be courses offered within the department, namely, 'Philosophy', 'Politics', or 'Ethics, Philosophy and Religion.' Alternatively, students are free to choose minor courses offered by many other departments in the University.

Teaching time is one two-hour lecture and a one hour seminar each week, supplemented by your own study, essay and project preparation time. The weekly workload is likely to be similar for the two ‘minor’ courses.

Part II

In your second and third years you will study the equivalent of 180 credits (some courses are two-term) over the two years. Exactly how many are in Religious Studies will depend upon your degree scheme.

Single honours religious studies majors must study at least 180 credits in religious studies. Up to 60 credits can come from taking modules in one of the other "minor" subjects studied in Part I.

Joint honours must take at least 120 credits in Religious Studies.

Triple honours must take at least 60 credits in each subject. (Maximum 120 credits).