Welsh and Religious Studies (BA)
Religious Studies and Welsh BA (Joint Honours) enables students to combine the study of religion, which has formed part of human life since the beginning of human existence, with the study of the Welsh language, its literature and culture.
Welsh 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 the study of the Welsh language, its literature and culture.
The Welsh programme is relevant to contemporary Wales and delivered by a school noted for its research quality and impact. The programme's main aim is to produce graduates who have three key attributes: firstly, a thorough academic and practical understanding of the Welsh language, its literature and culture; secondly, a high level of skill in written and spoken Welsh; and thirdly, well-developed employability and creative skills that are highly valued in today's competitive workplace. The programme has been carefully designed with these attributes in mind, and so offers a wide range of core and optional modules which will provide you with a grounding in language and literature as well as the opportunity to specialise in areas of personal or vocational interest.
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.
By combining these two courses, students will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, opening the doors to a variety of career paths.
As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills and that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research.
|Entry point||September 2016|
|Studying in Welsh||This course offers elements that are taught through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.|
|Typical places available||The School of Welsh typically has 30 places available. The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School of Welsh typically receives 100 applications. The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications.|
|Typical A level offer||BBB.Three A-level subjects including Welsh and other than General Studies. Two AS subjects other than General Studies may be considered in lieu of a third A-level.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grade A in the Core and grades AB at A-level, including Welsh.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||26 points|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.|
Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
|QAA subject benchmark|
Welsh, Theology and Religious Studies
Dr Louise Child, Admissions Tutor
Dr Rhiannon Marks, Course Administrator
Dr Rhiannon Marks, 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.
In your first year, you may combine modules in Welsh and Religious Studies with a selection of modules offered by a range of other programmes across the University. If you decide to opt for this route, you will be required to complete a minimum number of credits per academic year in the School of Welsh and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion. First language students at the School of Welsh will take 60 credits in Welsh while second language students will take 80 credits.
You will take 40 credits in Religious Studies while first language Welsh students will take 60 credits in Welsh and second language students will take 80 credits.
Students of this course can choose to study modules outside of their allocated School(s) core and optional modules. These can be chosen from modules from participating Academic Schools.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg||CY1743||20 credits|
|O Destun I Draethawd||CY1744||20 credits|
|Cyflwyniad I'r Gymraeg||CY1742||20 credits|
|Introduction To The Bible||RT2103||20 credits|
|Introduction To Biblical Hebrew||RT2104||20 credits|
|Further Biblical Hebrew||RT2105||20 credits|
|Introduction To The Study of Religion 1||RT1111||20 credits|
|Introduction To The Study of Religion 2||RT1112||20 credits|
|Introduction To Arabic||RT1109||20 credits|
|Further Elementary Arabic||RT1110||20 credits|
|Sgiliau llafar||CY1500||20 credits|
|Defnyddio'r Gymraeg||CY1501||20 credits|
|Astudio Barddoniaeth||CY1502||20 credits|
|Astudio Rhyddiaith||CY1503||20 credits|
|Diwylliant y Gymraeg||CY1750||20 credits|
|Mapio'r Cymry||CY1752||20 credits|
|Diwylliant Cymraeg Dinas Caerdydd||CY1751||20 credits|
|Y Gymraeg heddiw||CY1504||20 credits|
|Y Gymraeg a'r brifddinas||CY1505||20 credits|
|The Bible in Today's World||RT2106||20 credits|
|The Bible in The Contemporary World||RT2107||20 credits|
You will take 60 credits in English Literature and 60 credits in Welsh.
You will take 60 credits in English Literature and 60 credits in Welsh. There is a compulsory dissertation module in the School of Welsh (a 4,000 or 8,000 word project).
School of Welsh
We provide exciting and challenging teaching in order to help our students succeed in a competitive environment. One of our core principles is that the teaching is informed and led by research. You will therefore learn about the latest ideas from scholars who are contributing to the development and future of their specialist subjects.
The teaching is usually delivered through the medium of lectures and seminars which provide you with the opportunity to discuss the subject matter in detail within small groups. However, there is also an important role to be played by one on one tutorials, workshops and languages classes (especially for those following the second language route).
Each module is supported by electronic teaching materials shared via Learning Central, part of the University’s virtual learning environment. You will receive personal pastoral care within the School, alongside the University’s central support services for accommodation, counselling, disability, dyslexia, finance and careers. Our programmes have been carefully designed and planned to ensure you experience a range of assessment methods including coursework essays, examinations/written class tests, dissertation, portfolios, written reports and oral examinations. This helps to ensure that you can demonstrate your skills to the best of your ability and reach your potential.
School of History, Archaeology and Religion
The School of History, Archaeology and Religion enables you to develop in a high-quality learning environment, supported by a student-orientated approach to the acquisition of knowledge and skills.
You will develop a range of intellectual skills: critical thinking, evaluating evidence, constructing evidence-based arguments, and presenting opinions effectively in writing and in debate. Additionally, you will gain practical skills such as team-working, independent research, and time management. 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.
School of Welsh
The demand for Welsh speakers means that a degree in Welsh can be a highly valuable for jobs and roles that require bilingual speakers. Many of our graduates are now following careers in areas such as law, politics, media, performing arts, administration and education, and at all levels.
In 2013/14, 100% of the School’s graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduating.
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.
The School of History, Archaeology and Religion admits around 260 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.
The School of Welsh admits around 35 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.
The School of History, Archaeology and Religion - 1650
The School of Welsh - 130
QAA subject benchmark
|QAA subject benchmark|
Welsh, Theology and Religious Studies
Overview and aims of this course/programme
Welsh is an exciting, broad and challenging academic discipline which involves producing, presenting and interpreting written texts and oral subjects, as well as the nature and history of the language. Studying the Welsh language fosters an open and flexible mind as well as the ability to consider different concepts. In turn, this will enable students to discuss and interpret modern developments as well as the cultures and values of the past. After studying Welsh, students will be ready to take advantage of all the opportunities that the language offers in today’s world.
CardiffUniversity’s School of Welsh has a definite vision with regard to its graduates. This vision is based on the belief that developing excellent academic skills provide the necessary ammunition to pursue a successful career in a wide range of fields. As a result, a typical Welsh graduate will be a successful communicator with the ability to analyse and interpret the world around them in a critical and creative way. They will have the ability to act independently at a high level, and their skills will benefit them in the academic world as well as in the workplace. These skills will be based on a sound knowledge and understanding of the Welsh language, its literature and culture, as well as an informed awareness of its place in the modern world.
Students at the School of Welsh will study at a vibrant university in the capital city of Wales, where opportunities in the Welsh language are expanding continually. One of the main characteristics of Cardiff University, and also the School of Welsh, is the emphasis placed on research-led teaching. In other words, students at the School of Welsh will be taught by members of staff that produce research of the highest quality, who then use this research when teaching a wide range of areas. Students will also benefit from opportunities to use their skills and knowledge in different contexts, be they academic (including a research project) or practical (including work experience).
The knowledge and skills of those students that graduate from the School of Welsh will be suitable for a wide range of occupations, including the following fields: education, media and other creative industries, the heritage industry, local and national government, business and marketing. A degree in Welsh is also excellent preparation for further study, whether in the field of Welsh itself, in other related academic areas or in occupational fields such as education, the law and public relations.
The BA in Welsh and Religious Studies conforms to the standards set out in the Credit and Qualification Framework for Walesand the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) benchmarks.
The BA in Religious Studies and Welsh permits students to pursue an advanced programme of study, dividing their modules equally between Religious Studies and Welsh (and in the first year potentially with a third subject). The emphasis on the Religious Studies side of the degree is on choice, with the full range of modules on offer to students on the programme (subject to caps on student numbers). The Religious Studies side aims to provide students with a critical understanding of religious and/or theological studies with relevance to the historical development of religion(s) in contemporary societies. The programme encourages students to explore religions and theologies in relation to a wide range of historical, theoretical, and social issues, and according to a range of methodological approaches (incl. textual hermeneutics, language study, gender theories, cultural and theoretical anthropology, conflict studies, media, globalisation etc.). The programme is ‘research-led’: tutors thereby draw on a range of approaches to studying religion and theology, which do not claim to be exhaustive, but rather are intended to equip students with the skills needed in order to contextualise religious discourse as a way of understanding the role of religion and theology in e.g. the formation of group and individual identities.
What should I know about year five?
Teaching sessions at the School of Welsh are interactive and practical, and therefore students are expected to attend every one of their classes (be they lectures, workshops, seminars or other sessions). In some cases, for example maternity or disability, we may make alternative arrangements for you.
BA in Welsh and Religious Studies modules vary in terms of length, but as a rule they will be 20 credits. Each 20 credit module will require at least two hundred hours of study, including the hours spent attending classes, studying independently, preparing assessments and/or sitting examinations and tests. There will usually be approximately 30 hours of contact with a tutor for each 20 credit module, although this can vary in relation to the nature of the module.
Students and members of staff are expected to respect Cardiff University’s Policy on Dignity while Working and Studying, which can be seen here. You should develop a professional attitude towards your work, including attending personal tutor sessions, checking your e-mails regularly and responding to them, being punctual when attending classes, and informing the School when you are absent. The School of Welsh is committed to helping you throughout your studies, so please tell us if you have any concerns. We will respect your confidentiality on every occasion.
Students will be expected to attend lectures and seminars, to prepare for the latter through private study, and to participate in seminar activities. They will also be expected to participate in group presentations, as appropriate, and to attend and prepare for supervisory sessions for the Open Choice Dissertation. Students are expected to spend at least five hours per discursive module each week preparing for seminars, presentations and writing essays. Students taking Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced language and text modules are expected to spend between six-eight hours per module working on translation tasks, exegetical assignments, and presentations.
Students are expected to adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study.
How is this course/programme structured?
This is a three year full time programme, consisting of 120 credits a year.
What should I know about year four?
What should I know about year three?
This degree programme will allow you to develop many valuable skills. Some of them will be specific to the field of Welsh, while others will be more general and very relevant to the workplace. These include the following skills: communication and presenting information, ideas and debates (orally and in writing, individually and as part of a team); using information technology (linguistic software, word processing, data bases, the internet); analysing and presenting numerical information; working in a group and developing interpersonal skills; identifying, recording and communicating relevant attainments with regard to your career; managing your own learning (including time-management); showing a commitment to continuous learning and development.
The project/extended essay will help you to gain in confidence when working independently and will give you the opportunity to gain experience of a wide range of practical research skills. The sessions with a director will allow you to develop detailed discussion skills and to develop original ideas.
Students will develop a range of discipline-specific skills that employers also value. Students learn to assess critically a body of knowledge, to develop hypotheses, test them against qualitative and quantitative evidence, and present conclusions both in writing and orally. They learn to work both independently and as part of a team.
What should I know about the preliminary year?
The BA in Welsh and Religious Studies uses several different methods of learning and teaching. During your degree, you will attend lectures, contribute to seminars and group work, complete practical tasks, undertake a period of work experience and complete an extended piece of independent work under the guidance of a tutor. The learning will usually take place in the Humanities Building, although it is possible that you will undertake field work away from the campus.
The programme is based on a range of core (mandatory) and optional modules. Usually, a module will include a series of lectures or workshops supported by seminars for smaller groups, where the field in question can be discussed in more detail. Every year, you will be required to study 60 credits in the School of Welsh and 60 credits in Religious Studies. Most modules in the Schoolof Welsh are 20 credits in length.
There are two routes in the first year, one for students that have studied Welsh as a first language and the other for students that have studied Welsh as a second language. Both routes will include core modules in the fields of literature and language. There will be an opportunity to discuss literature from different periods and to look at the Welsh language in terms of its grammar and its place in modern Wales. The first year will equip you with the research and presentation skills that you will need to complete your degree.
Furthermore, during the second year, you will follow a further module (or modules in the case of the Welsh as a second language route) on the Welsh language and the different ways in which it is used in today’s Wales, including a period of work experience. You will also follow several optional modules in fields of your choice.
In the final year, you will choose further optional modules, as well as writing an extended essay or project on a subject of your choice – either 5,000 words (20 credits) or 10,000 words (40 credits).
The BA Religious Studies and Welsh is structured around the successive acquisition of the skills and knowledge that are required to produce independent research: the ability to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of an existing body of knowledge and the assumptions that underlie it, to define a problem for investigation, to investigate the problem empirically, and to present conclusions in a reasoned and coherent manner, backed by evidence. The student will be able to relate their specific study to broader issues, e.g. the role of religion(s) in wider society, and the role of theological discourse in historical and contemporary contexts.
In Year One, the student is offered opportunities to:
- acquire broad knowledge of the history of Christian theology (e.g. History of the Christian Church) and Christian theological thought (e.g. Introduction to the Study of the Bible)
- acquire broad knowledge of a number of ‘World Religions’, e.g. Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam (e.g. Religion, Culture and Society 1 and 2)
- acquire the basic skills required for the academic study of religions and theology (how to read a scholarly article, construction of essays, referencing, note-taking, use of evidence and sources, all addressed in the principal Yr. 1 discursive modules, as outlined above)
- be introduced to the study of religious texts in their original languages, through the acquisition of introductory and intermediate languages, and through the acquisition of fundamental exegetical and text-critical skills (e.g. Introduction to Sanskrit; Introduction to Arabic; Introduction to Hebrew; Introduction to New Testament Greek)
In Year Two, the student is offered opportunities to:
- develop a more advanced knowledge of Christian theology and history, building on introductory modules undertaken in Yr. 1 (e.g. New Testament Epistles; Beliefs in the Crucible; Exploring Gnosticism)
- develop a more advanced knowledge of a range of religious traditions, building on introductory modules undertaken in Yr. 1 (e.g. Islam in the Contemporary World; Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Judaism; Life of the Buddha)
- develop his/her awareness of the role of religion in shaping the cultural, intellectual, and ethical concerns of contemporary societies (e.g. Emotions, Symbols and Rituals)
- deepen his/her ability to translate and exegete a range of religious texts, building on language modules undertaken in Yr. 1 (e.g. Classical Hebrew; New Testament Greek Texts 1 etc.)
In Year Three, the student is offered opportunities to:
- deepen his/her understanding of a range of theological/religious themes and topics with a range of specialised modules (e.g. Gender and Sexuality: Islamic Perspectives; Theology on the Edge; Christian Social Ethics Today)
- be encouraged to write a research-dissertation (i.e. Open Choice Dissertation) based on expertise built up over yrs. 2 and 3
- acquire skills in qualitative and quantitative research into religion(s) in contemporary societies (e.g. Religion in Modern Britain)
- acquire high-level translation, exegetical, and text-critical skills across a range of language modules
A range of teaching methods and learning styles are used throughout the BA Religious Studies and Welsh. Lectures introduce students to the general issues that will guide their own reading; they will develop their ideas in private study, and they will test and gain feedback on those ideas through seminars. Seminars will include activities such as group discussion, oral presentation, and source criticisms.
What should I know about year one?
During your time studying for a BA in Welsh degree, you will be assessed using each one of the following methods:
- individual oral presentations
- extended essay or project (up to 5,000 or 10,000 words)
Depending on your degree route and your choice of modules, you could also be assessed using the following methods:
- classroom tests
- group presentations
- portfolios (of linguistic exercises or creative work)
There will also be opportunities to prepare formative tasks. These are tasks that do not count towards your final mark but which give you the opportunity to receive feedback on your progress. These tasks can be oral presentations during seminars, drafts of essays, short written pieces or computer-based tasks. The feedback can be in oral, written or electronic form.
The School of Welsh welcomes applications from disabled students; we may be able to offer alternative assessment methods in some cases.
Progression is built into assessment, in that students do smaller guided tasks in Year one, as well as formative essays in Years Two and Three. Progression is also evident in the growing emphasis on types of lengthier, independent written work, e.g. written portfolios as 100% assessment model; 8,000 word final yr. Dissertation. Modules at Level 6 also demand deeper engagement with independent methods of working, together with greater demands on handling critically a larger number of bibliographical tasks and items.
Formative and summative assessments include the following
- A portfolio of skills (incl. Annotated Bibliographies) and methodical approaches in e.g. Religion, Culture and Society 1 and 2 (Yr.1)
- Portfolios of written essays (typically, two 3,000 words)
- A final year dissertation (8,000 words)
- Oral presentations (10-20 minutes)
- Source criticisms (1000 words) at Yrs. 1, 2, and 3
- In-class tests (esp. for language modules) of, typically, 3 x 1 hour per module
- Written Examinations (Typical model incl. 3 questions in 2 hours)
Students receive extensive feedback in a variety of forms, incl. Essay Clinics on formative written work, seminar discussion, written feedback on essays, essay tutorials, lecturer contact-hours (in office, and electronically)
We will support your studies in several ways. Firstly, you will have a personal tutor who will meet you at least three times a year to discuss your progress and any other matters that arise. You will be given punctual feedback on all your assessments (including examinations), and your personal tutor will be able to help you make effective use of the feedback in order to improve your work in the future. Several modules also include formative assessments. You will receive feedback on these assessments, but they will not count towards your final grade.
Every module will use the Learning Central website, which is CardiffUniversity's Virtual Learning Environment. Through the Learning Central site, you will have access to materials that are relevant to the module, such as multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises, discussion circles etc.
You will have an opportunity to reflect on your progress and the skills that you have developed through a section of Learning Central called Personal Development Planning. There, with help from your personal tutor, you will be able to record your achievements in different fields (whether they are part of the curriculum or not).
Furthermore, centrally, the university offers a range of services to support you, including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.
As appropriate, modules use the Learning Central electronic learning environment, on which students find course materials, links to related materials, as copyright permits, and electronic tests. Students undertaking the Open Choice Dissertation are allocated a research supervisor at the start of the academic year. Opportunities for students to reflect on their general abilities and performance are provided through Personal Development Plans (which we call ‘CV Building’), which are integrated into the Personal Tutor system.
A typical BA in Welsh and Religious Studies graduate will be able to do the following:
· demonstrate intellectual skills that enable close reading, description, analysis and the production of different types of texts (including producing texts in the field of creative writing in the case of some students)
· analyse the core role of language in the process of creating meaning, and the ability to appreciate the affective force of language
· appreciate how cultural preconceptions affect the process of forming an opinion
. evaluate relevant texts, concepts and theories in the field of Welsh and discuss them by using appropriate vocabulary
· show an understanding of a range of texts from different historical periods and from different genres
· show a good understanding of the position and importance of the Welsh language in the modern workplace
· implement the knowledge, understanding and skills that they have developed:
o in the workplace, by completing a period of work experience and a critical evaluation of the experience
o by completing an essay or extended project which is a product of independent study under the guidance of a tutor, showing the relevance of that work in relation to the next step of your career
· utilise basic numerical skills when evaluating data in relation to the Welsh language
· use information technology to present and analyse materials in an effective and polished manner, including the use of software to correct and improve the language
· produce written and oral Welsh of a high standard
· use other written linguistic registers, orally and in writing, in different contexts, including the workplace
Graduates from this programme will be able to:
- analyse critically and empathetically a variety of world-views and approaches to issues associated with religious and/or faith discourse
- use a variety of appropriate, critical methodological approaches in the process of analysing the discourse described above
- demonstrate a general understanding of the various approaches, features, and methods that pertain to religious and/or theological studies
- demonstrate an awareness of the ambiguities, limits and contested nature of knowledge, more particularly as assumed in religious and/or faith discourse
- gather and deploy methods, evidence, and information from a variety of sources and scholarly disciplines
- exercise critical judgement in the gathering and deploying of the forms noted above
- develop and present a reasoned analysis and argument – in written and oral forms – and synthesise information
- make discriminating use of a full range of library and other information resources on order to identify appropriate source material, compile bibliographies, produce written reports, inform written research and oral presentations
- show independence of thought and self-awareness as to his/her own pre-understandings, beliefs, convictions, and prejudices
- demonstrate an awareness of the relevance of their education for employment and life beyond university, as well as having some capacity and commitment to reflecting upon the need for lifelong learning and professional development
How will I be taught?
The following are amongst the most significant characteristics of this degree programme:
· the opportunity to follow a degree programme that develops skills that are relevant to both the academic world and the workplace.
· the emphasis on practical research skills, that will benefit you throughout your career
· the emphasis placed on independent learning in a supportive environment
· the experience of being taught by staff that will recognise you as an individual
· the experience of being taught by lecturers that undertake original research work of the highest quality and push the field’s boundaries
Dr Louise Child, Admissions Tutor
Dr Rhiannon Marks, Course Administrator
Dr Rhiannon Marks, Admissions Tutor
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