BA (Hons) Religions, Philosophies and Ethics

Bath Spa University
In London

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Important information

Typology Bachelor's degree
Location London
Duration 3 Years
Start Different dates available
Internship Yes
  • Bachelor's degree
  • London
  • Duration:
    3 Years
  • Start:
    Different dates available
  • Internship

This Religions, Philosophies and Ethics course is recognised for drawing together different disciplines and traditions of thought. You’ll address these individually, as well as exploring the connections between them.

You’ll gain insights into fundamentally different ways of seeing and explaining the world, reflecting on your own beliefs, values and assumptions. Intellectually challenging, you’ll consider practical responses to current issues, through projects with environmental charities, faith groups, and community organisations.

Where and when
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Different dates available
London, England
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Starts Different dates available
London, England
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Frequent Asked Questions

· What are the objectives of this course?

You’ll explore religions, philosophies and ethics from a global perspective, not just a Western one. We examine the philosophies and ethics of the Indian subcontinent and China, and a range of religious traditions, from Buddhism to Christianity to Paganism. We relate these systems and traditions to topical and emerging issues in the contemporary world: gender, identity, our relationship to the natural work and environmental crisis, among many others. The course is dynamic, staying up-to-date with changing religious and philosophical thinking, and the context in which these changes takes place. It demands, and helps you to develop, rigorous and systematic thinking.

· Who is it intended for?

A popular career for our students is teaching Religious Education and/or Citizenship in secondary or primary schools, where there is a shortage of specialists. The combination of the Study of Religions and Philosophy is particularly good in preparing for teaching. One of our modules is specially designed as preparation for a career in education. In the past, some students have gone on to further academic study and university teaching. Today it is increasingly important for people in a wide range of careers to be able to mix with people from different religious and cultural backgrounds. Some of our past students, for example, sought careers in the police, civil service, hospital administration, social work and journalism. The study of religions, philosophies and ethics become useful for working overseas in the capacity as a language teacher or working in tourism and other businesses. List of current alumni careers Our graduates have careers in: the police service; health administration; education; social work; and journalism. Many graduates go on to train as teachers – the course is widely respected as a foundation for a career in education. Since 2010, employers such as Global Xchange. Ethicall, Citizens' Advice Bureau and Birmingham University have recruited graduates from this course. Students have also gone into roles including Healthcare Assistant, Fundraiser, Children's Home Activities Coordinator and Assistant to the Communications Director.

· Requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below: A Level - Grades BCC - CCC preferred in a related subject BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) preferred in a related subject. International Baccalaureate - A minimum score of 26 points required

What you'll learn on the course

Philosophical Thinking
Religious Traditions
Environmental Ethics

Course programme

· Year 1
We introduce you to the study of religions as an academic discipline, including the study of contemporary religious traditions from Druidry to the Bahá’i faith. You’ll be introduced to the principles of philosophical and ethical enquiry. These are the building blocks of the course, alongside a number of optional modules.

· Year 2
You’ll examine philosophies in the Indian and Chinese traditions. There are optional modules which explore contemporary morality, environmental ethics and politics, and some of the major religious traditions.

· Year 3
You’ll undertake fieldwork on a religious community, staying with them for a short period of time and observing current practice. Students have travelled to the Samyeling Buddhist monastery in Scotland, a Christian convent, or worked with the Salvation Army. You’ll find more information about this unique aspect of the course on our Living Religion website.

Optional modules explore issues in contemporary religion, philosophy and society. You can opt to undertake detailed research or an employment-related project through the Dissertation and Advanced Project modules.

Course assessment

Assessment is primarily by coursework such as essays, reports, presentations, and online discussion boards. There are some timed assessments, as well as opportunities to work on creative projects such as making a film or designing a website.

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