What Will You Study

Lancaster’s Religious Studies and Sociology degree is taught by academics from the departments of Politics, Philosophy and Religion and Sociology.

Your degree will help you to develop an understanding of the interface between religion and society and address a wide range of issues affecting people’s lives today and the societies in which they live. As part of the degree, we will also explore sensitivity to the historical contexts that have shaped the contemporary world.

You will divide your time between modules in Sociology and Religious Studies, starting with the modules Religions of the Modern World and Introduction to Sociology. You’ll be able to develop your own interests with second-year subjects such as Understanding Social Thought; Islam: Tradition, Community and Contemporary Challenges; Buddhism and Modernity in Asian Societies, Sociological Thought of our Times, Bodies and Society Gender and Religion; and Religion and Society: Theories and Methods. In your final year you can choose from modules which include: Sociology of the Future, Sociology goes to Hollywood, Media, Religion and Politics; The Moral Life of Society; New Religions and Alternative Spiritualties; and Modern Religious and Atheistic Thought.