Religious Studies and Politics (BA)

Politics and Religion are two subjects which impact heavily on each other in a fascinating way

Politics and Religious Studies BA (Joint Honours) gives students the opportunity to combine study of religion – part of human experience from the earliest traces of human existence up to the present day – with governmental and political theory. Through the highly flexible modular programmes on offer in both disciplines, students will develop vital transferable skills, ready for entry into the graduate job market.

Politics
Politics is a fascinating subject that has a significant impact on our everyday lives. The field of politics allows students to explore how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy or accountability. Modules are varied, allowing you to explore how politics works in Britain and further afield as well as investigate how public policy is made. Other strands of work discuss justice, democracy, human rights and international relations; providing you with a broad understanding of politics tailored to your own particular needs.

Religious Studies
Religion has been part of human experience from the earliest traces of human existence up to the present day. It has been the way most cultures have sought to express their understanding of the purpose of life and the foundation of personal and social behaviour.

Key facts

UCAS CodeVL62
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
Typical places availableThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications.
Typical A level offerAAB. Three A-level subjects, excluding General Studies
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWelsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma with a grade A in the Core and grades AB at A-level
Typical International Baccalaureate offer36 points overall, to include 6,6,6 at higher level and English at subsidiary level 6
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
QAA subject benchmark
Admissions tutor(s)

Dr Louise Child, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

This is a three-year degree programme comprising some core modules that provide essential skills and training as well as a wide variety of optional modules for you to select from to tailor your degree to meet your interests.

Year one

The first year is an introductory year. It is the results of the second and final years of study that determine your degree classification. This degree is made up of compulsory modules as well as optional modules, allowing you to tailor it to reflect your specific interests. A particular feature is the option of writing a dissertation in your final year. This is highly regarded by employers because it indicates that you can do original research.

In your first year, you take 60 credits of Religious Studies and 60 credits of Politics modules.

Year two

In Year 2, you take 60 credits of of Religious Studies and 60 credits of Politics modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Elementary Sanskrit IRT120120 credits
Elementary Sanskrit IIRT120220 credits
Classical Hebrew 1RT220120 credits
Classical Hebrew IIRT220220 credits
Hellenistic Greek IRT320120 credits
Hellenistic Greek IIRT320220 credits
Beliefs in the CrucibleRT520420 credits
Christian 'Church' Today: Its Meaning, Life and MissionRT520520 credits
Theology On The Edge: Christian Thought in A Changing WorldRT531520 credits
Christian Social Ethics TodayRT731720 credits
Understanding Christian WorshipRT432020 credits
Elementary Arabic IRT120320 credits
Elementary Arabic IIRT120420 credits
Arabic Texts IRT131020 credits
Arabic Texts IIRT131120 credits
Majority World Voices: Global South TheologiesRT734220 credits
British Politics since 1945PL928720 credits
International Security - Concepts and IssuesPL928820 credits
Democracy in Crisis?PL928920 credits
Politics and Policies of the European UnionPL929020 credits
Justice & Politics: Contemporary Political TheoryPL929120 credits
Global JusticePL929220 credits
Conducting Political ResearchPL929620 credits
International Law in a Changing WorldPL929920 credits
Buddhism: The First Thousand YearsRT122720 credits
Early Hindu Texts in SanskritRT132820 credits
The Life of the BuddhaRT135220 credits
Early HinduismRT133820 credits
Political Thought from Machiavelli to RousseauPL929420 credits
Credoau'r CymryPL928620 credits
O'r Groegiaid i GymruPL928520 credits
Political Thought from Marx to NietzschePL929320 credits
Emotions, Symbols, and Rituals: Studying Societies Through FilmRT121520 credits
Islam in the Contemporary WorldRT132720 credits
Bodies, Spirits, and Souls: The Person, Ethics, and ReligionRT133920 credits
Religion in the WorkplaceRT135420 credits
The Most Famous Hindu Text: Bhagavadgita, Text & ContextRT135520 credits
Foundational EthicsRT135620 credits
God, Good and the Ugly: Topics in Applied Islamic EthicsRT135720 credits
Medieval Church in the Latin WestRT135820 credits
Exploring GnosticismRT135920 credits
Understanding Muslim ScripturesRT136020 credits
Hebrew TextsRT230420 credits
Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern JudaismRT230620 credits
New Testament Greek Texts IIRT332720 credits
History of Christian Spirituality 1550 - Present DayRT432120 credits
Money, Sex and Power in the Early ChurchRT432520 credits
New Testament Gospels and ActsRT320720 credits

Year three

In Year 3, you take 60 credits of of Religious Studies and 60 credits of Politics modules. If you wish, you can write a dissertation on a topic of your choice in either subject area.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Elementary Sanskrit IRT120120 credits
Elementary Sanskrit IIRT120220 credits
Classical Hebrew 1RT220120 credits
Classical Hebrew IIRT220220 credits
Hellenistic Greek IRT320120 credits
Hellenistic Greek IIRT320220 credits
Beliefs in the CrucibleRT520420 credits
Christian 'Church' Today: Its Meaning, Life and MissionRT520520 credits
Theology On The Edge: Christian Thought in A Changing WorldRT531520 credits
Open Choice DissertationRT731620 credits
Christian Social Ethics TodayRT731720 credits
Understanding Christian WorshipRT432020 credits
Elementary Arabic IRT120320 credits
Elementary Arabic IIRT120420 credits
Gender and Sexuality: Islamic PerspectivesRT134520 credits
Exploring GnosticismRT121820 credits
Arabic Texts IRT131020 credits
Arabic Texts IIRT131120 credits
Open Choice TranslationRT134920 credits
Religion in Modern BritainRT733620 credits
Majority World Voices: Global South TheologiesRT734220 credits
Politics DissertationPL938620 credits
Elections in the UKPL938720 credits
Modern Welsh PoliticsPL938820 credits
Understanding Muslim ScripturesRT122620 credits
Buddhism: The First Thousand YearsRT122720 credits
Early Hindu Texts in SanskritRT132820 credits
The Life of the BuddhaRT135220 credits
Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: Bonhoeffer's Life and LegacyRT432620 credits
International Relations DissertationPL938520 credits
International Politics of the Middle EastPL937520 credits
European Mind in the 20th CenturyPL939020 credits
Parliamentary Studies ModulePL938020 credits
Cyfiawnder Byd-eangPL937720 credits
The Limits of Ethics in International RelationsPL937620 credits
US Government and PoliticsPL937420 credits
Global International Organisation in World PoliticsPL939120 credits
Intermediate Sanskrit TextsRT122420 credits
Islam in The Contemporary WorldRT121120 credits
Early HinduismRT133820 credits
Indian Philosophy, Indian HistoryRT122320 credits
New Testament EpistlesRT320520 credits
New Testament Greek Texts IRT320920 credits
History & Religion of Ancient IsraelRT230120 credits
Myth and The Movies: Anthropology and Psychology in Contemporary CinemaRT135020 credits
Reformation HistoryRT420520 credits
The Early Church: History and MemoryRT420820 credits
The Medieval Church in the Latin WestRT420920 credits
Christian Spirituality, 150-1550 CERT430720 credits
Free Speech in a Multicultural SocietyPL931420 credits
The History of Thought in International RelationsPL931120 credits
Political Economy and the Devolved UKPL931220 credits
Female Voices in Political TheoryPL931320 credits
The Politics of Violence and the Violence of PoliticsPL931520 credits
Justice and the Politics of International LawPL939720 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Politics
Lectures provide a broad structure for each subject, introduce key concepts, and convey relevant up-to-date information. These are outlined in course syllabi.

Seminars provide an opportunity to ask questions and discuss key ideas in a small group environment. Their purpose is to assist you to integrate the information and ideas you receive from lectures and readings and to explore issues critically and in depth. Set questions and readings form the basis for discussion by directing your attention to relevant aspects of the subject matter and to various types of sources of information. Giving presentations develops your capacity to gather, organise and synthesise relevant information and ideas and to communicate these in a logical and concise manner. Tutor-led and student-led discussion hones logical skills and gives you practice in applying different concepts, theories and methods to the subject-matter at hand. It also exposes you to different interpretations of political ideas and events. Group problem-solving helps to develop collaborative skills.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Prior advice and written feedback (for essays) are used to help you understand what is required.

School of History, Archaeology and Religion
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, field trips, and one-to-one tutorials. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors. Assessment, including coursework, exams, practical work, and oral presentations, will test the different skills you have learned

You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors.

Politics
In 2013/14, 96% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Politics at Cardiff is a respected recruitment pool for a variety of employers within this sector with the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, the Department for Education, Oxford City Council, the UK Border Agency and a range of political parties all recruiting from the last graduating year.

Outside of the political sector, the degree is of interest to employers in both the public and private sectors, with graduates taking up management training opportunities within EY, Enterprise Rent A Car, Zurich Insurance and King Worldwide.

School of History, Archaeology and Religion
In 2013/14, 92% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

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September 2016

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