Edge Hill University has launched an exciting new undergraduate programme giving students the opportunity to study religion in contemporary society and culture, from traditional belief systems to non-religious spiritualities and the rise of digital religion.
The new BA (Hons) Religion single honours degree will welcome its first students in September 2020.
As well as gaining comprehensive knowledge of the major religious traditions across the globe, the contemporary focus of the degree will allow students to explore some of the most controversial and challenging issues in religion. They will also have the opportunity to study thought-provoking themes such as religion in the workplace, religion and the arts, religion and the body and religion in the public sphere.
The new programme is led by Dr Chris Greenough, a researcher in gender, sexuality and religion, and Maggie Webster, an expert in non-religious spiritualities, and is delivered by staff who are actively researching or working in the field of Religion. Dr Greenough said:
“There is a common misconception that you need to be religious to study religion! That isn’t true. A degree in Religion asks vital questions about the world and how we understand it. This degree at Edge Hill explores and examines the most important issues that shape contemporary society and culture.”
The degree draws on the cutting-edge research from the team, exploring how discussions about religion are often problematic or controversial. Students on the degree will develop skills to tackle complex and difficult issues surrounding religion and apply these skills to a number of settings.
Maggie Webster added:
“The need for graduates who have the knowledge and understanding of religion, society and culture is urgent in today’s world. Religion is important for a number of careers, including National Health Service, the civil service, journalism, youth and community settings, journalism, media, teaching, marketing, banking, charity work, law, religious ministries.”
The Religion single honours programme complements Edge Hill’s existing portfolio of courses in Religion, including Education and Religion, Secondary Religious Education with QTS and PGCE Religious Education.