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Astudiaethau Crefyddol a Hanes (BA)

  • UCAS code: VV61
  • Next intake: September 2021
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Full time

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.


Entry Year

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Why study this course

The Joint Honours BA Religious Studies and History degree will ensure a developed understanding of the relationship between religion and the historical world, whilst additionally providing a range of important transferable skills useful for entry into the graduate job market. The degree aims to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the political, social, religious, and cultural structures of past societies and give you the opportunity to explore some of the fundamental questions of existence, in a flourishing centre of research. Your lecturers are active researchers in their fields, bringing the latest research into teaching.

History modules cover the period from the fall of the Roman Empire to the present day. There is a balance between modules covering specific historical periods and thematic modules that examine broad social and cultural topics, such as warfare, gender, religion, art, medicine and science.  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.

Where you'll study

Yr Ysgol Hanes, Archaeoleg a Chrefydd

Rydym yn chwilfrydig am brofiadau bodau dynol dros filoedd o flynyddoedd a diwylliannau, ac eisiau deall ein gorffennol yn well er mwyn goleuo ein presennol a gwella ein dyfodol.

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Entry requirements

ABB-BBB

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DDM mewn Diploma Estynedig BTEC mewn pynciau Dyniaethau neu Wyddor Gymdeithasol. Byddwn yn ystyried BTECs mewn pynciau amgen ochr yn ochr â chymwysterau academaidd eraill ac unrhyw brofiad gwaith neu wirfoddolwr perthnasol.

32-31 yn gyffredinol neu 665 mewn 3 phwnc HL.

Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.

Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

Mae'n rhaid eich bod chi wedi bod yn gweithio tuag at:
- Iaith Saesneg neu Gymraeg ar radd TGAU gradd C / 4 neu gyfwerth (fel Safon Uwch). Os oes angen fisa Haen 4 arnoch, rhaid i chi sicrhau bod eich cymhwyster iaith yn cydymffurfio â gofynion UKVI.

Nid ydym yn derbyn Meddwl yn Feirniadol, Astudiaethau Cyffredinol, Astudiaethau Dinasyddiaeth na phynciau cyfatebol tebyg eraill.
Byddwn yn derbyn cyfuniad o bynciau BTEC, Safon Uwch a chymwysterau eraill, yn amodol ar ofynion gradd a phwnc penodol y cwrs. 

Nid yw'n ofynnol i chi gwblhau gwiriad DBS (Gwasanaeth Gwahardd Datgelu) na darparu Tystysgrif Ymddygiad Da i astudio'r cwrs hwn. Os ydych chi'n destun unrhyw amod trwydded neu gyfyngiad monitro ar hyn o bryd a allai effeithio ar eich gallu i gwblhau'ch astudiaethau yn llwyddiannus, bydd gofyn i chi ddatgelu'ch cofnod troseddol. Mae'r amodau'n cynnwys, ond heb fod yn gyfyngedig i:

  • mynediad at gyfrifiaduron neu ddyfeisiau sy'n gallu storio delweddau
  • defnyddio offer / dyfeisiau rhyngrwyd a chyfathrebu
  • cyrffyw
  • rhyddid i symud, gan gynnwys y gallu i deithio i'r tu allan i'r DU neu i ymgymryd â lleoliad / astudiaethau y tu allan i Brifysgol Caerdydd
  • cyswllt â phobl sy'n gysylltiedig â Phrifysgol Caerdydd.

Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.

Students from outside the EU (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.

Additional costs

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

We are currently working with our students to update and improve the content of this course. The information shown below reflects the current curriculum and is likely to change. The review of the course is expected to be completed by August 2021 and this page will be updated by end of October 2021 to reflect the changes.

This is a three-year degree programme comprising 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.  You will study modules totalling 120 credits each year. 

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

Year one

In Year One, you take 60 credits of Religious Studies modules and 60 credits of History modules.

You may study religion through texts, poetry, art, film, biographies, fieldwork and drama. A series of research-led case studies on issues such as blasphemy and slavery introduce key ideas about ritual, gender and place that provide a dynamic foundation for further study across a range of modules offered in Years 2 and 3.  You also have the chance to study one of the original languages of religious texts on offer (e.g. Introduction to Arabic) or acquire broad knowledge of the history of Christian theology (The Story of Christianity) and Christian theological thought (Introduction to the Bible).

All first-year History students take ‘History in Practice’ which introduces you to the different frameworks that underpin historical research and the many different ways of writing history, while providing training in the skills necessary to practice history at undergraduate level.

Year two

In Year Two, you will take 60 credits of Religious Studies modules and 60 credits of History modules.

n Religious Studies you will have the opportunity to develop a more advanced knowledge of a range of religious traditions, building on introductory modules undertaken in year one and develop your awareness of the role of religion in shaping the cultural, intellectual, and ethical concerns of contemporary societies.

You may study the history of societies in diverse parts of the globe, including China, the United States, South Asia, Russia, and Britain. You will learn to think independently, assess the strengths and weaknesses of a body of historical evidence for yourself, and present your findings clearly.

Module titleModule codeCredits
What is ReligionRT020120 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Digital Games and the Practice of HistoryHS160230 credits
Making Modern AfricaHS160330 credits
Modern France, 1789 to the presentHS160530 credits
Approaches to HistoryHS170130 credits
Exploring Historical DebateHS170230 credits
Entangled Histories: Wales and the wider World, 1714 - 1858HS170330 credits
War, Peace and Diplomacy, c.900-c.1250HS170730 credits
Reformation and Revolution: Stuart Britain, 1603-1714HS172130 credits
Blood and Honour: the Viking Age in the WestHS172330 credits
The British Civil Wars and Revolution, c.1638-1649HS174230 credits
A Great Leap Forward China Transformed, 1840-presentHS175230 credits
Europe between the two World WarsHS175330 credits
From King Coal to Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000HS175630 credits
"An Empire for Liberty": Race, Space and Power in the United States, 1775-1898HS176030 credits
Urban Visions, Rural Dreams: City and Country in Britain and the United States, 1850-2000HS176430 credits
India and The Raj, 1857-1947HS176530 credits
The Search for an Asian Modern: Japanese History from 1800 to the Post-War EraHS176830 credits
Belonging in early modern Europe: identity, community and cultureHS176930 credits
Martyrs and Collaborators: Catholicism behind the Iron CurtainHS177230 credits
Europe, East and West, 1945-1995HS177530 credits
The Soviet Century: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905-1991HS177630 credits
A global history of riversHS179430 credits
Independent Study or Critical TranslationRT020220 credits
Exploring Christian DoctrineRT020320 credits
Christian EthicsRT020420 credits
Christian EthicsRT020420 credits
The Hebrew Bible: Stories, Suffering and JusticeRT020520 credits
Buddhism: The First Thousand YearsRT020820 credits
Intermediate Scriptual LanguageRT021120 credits
Elementary Language for the Study of ReligionRT021220 credits
Further Elementary Language for the Study of ReligionRT021320 credits
Emotions, Symbols and Rituals: Introducing the Anthropology of Religion through FilmRT021420 credits
From Jesus to the New Jerusalem: New Testament StudiesRT021620 credits
Bhagavad-Gita in ContextRT021720 credits
Living IslamRT021820 credits
Islamic Ethics of Life and DeathRT021920 credits
Sociology of ReligionRT022020 credits
Visual History of Early South AsiaRT022120 credits

Year three

In Year Three, you take 60 credits of Religious Studies modules and 60 credits of History modules.  You will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of religious themes and topics with a range of specialised modules and may also acquire skills in qualitative and quantitative research into religion(s) in contemporary societies.

History topics include modern German History, the Anglo Saxons, Slavery and Slave Life, Gender, Violence, Culture and Politics.

You can write a dissertation on a topic of your choice in either discipline.

Module titleModule codeCredits
DissertationHS180130 credits
Ridicule, Republics, Revolutions: The (Awkward) Enlightenment in EnglandHS180230 credits
The World of the Anglo-Saxons, c.500-c.1087HS180330 credits
Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval EuropeHS180430 credits
Kingship: Image and Power, c.1000-1399HS181330 credits
City Lives: Urban Culture and Society, c.1550-1750HS182630 credits
Deviants, Rebels and Witches in Early Modern Britain and IrelandHS182830 credits
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in FranceHS184830 credits
Race, Sex and Empire: Britain and India, 1765-1929HS185530 credits
Cymru, y Mudiad Diwygio a Chwyldro Ffrengig 1789HS185730 credits
Glimpses of the Unfamiliar: Travellers to Japan from 1860 to the Post-War EraHS185830 credits
Remembering the Holocaust in Germany: Coming to Terms with the Past?HS186430 credits
Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales, 1918-39HS186830 credits
Health and Medicine in Early Modern BritainHS187530 credits
Violence and Ideology in Inter-War Soviet RussiaHS188330 credits
Czechoslovakia: The View from Central EuropeHS188430 credits
Europe and the Revolutionary Tradition in the Long Nineteenth CenturyHS188730 credits
Slavery and Slave Life in North America, 1619-1865HS189030 credits
The Dangerous City? Urban Society and Culture, 1800-1914HS189630 credits
The Arts in War and Peace: Culture and Politics in Britain, c.1930-1960HS189730 credits
Dissertation or Critical TranslationRT030130 credits
Advanced Scriptural LanguageRT030930 credits
Religion and the News: Conflict and ContextRT031030 credits
Bhagavad-Gita and the History of its ReceptionRT031130 credits
Understanding Christian WorshipRT031230 credits
Empire of FaithRT031330 credits
Identity and Integration: Muslims in BritainRT031430 credits
Early Christianity and Late AntiquityRT031630 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.

Learning and assessment

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.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, and one-to-one tutorials. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors.

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas.  Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lecture in a small group environment.

Seminars usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small group work and student-led presentations. They offer a rewarding opportunity to engage critically with the key ideas and reading of a topic, and to explore areas of particular interest with an expert in the field.

Welsh language teaching

History provides significant opportunities for learning and teaching through the medium of Welsh. Subject to staff availability, seminar teaching in Welsh is available on some or all of the major core courses, and at least one Welsh language option is offered in Years Two and Three. Welsh language supervision is also available for long essays (Exploring Historical Debate) and dissertations, and students may elect to write all or some of their assessed work and examinations in Welsh.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

19%

Guided independent study

81%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

14%

Guided independent study

86%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

0%

Guided independent study

0%

Placements

0%

How will I be supported?

You will be assigned a Personal Tutor with whom to discuss and reflect upon academic progress and personal development planning.  As well as having regular feedback from your personal tutor, you will have a reading week each semester for guided study and a chance to catch up on assessed work, reading and revision. These weeks are also used by staff to visit students on their year abroad.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback lectures, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance

Coursework will be marked by your module tutor and your tutor will give you written feedback on your work. You will also have a feedback class after each assessment. Students will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor as part of the monitored student self-assessment scheme.

Year 1

Written exams

47%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

53%

Year 2

Written exams

42%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

58%

Year 3

Written exams

0%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

0%

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions of complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • develop practical research skills
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

Religious and Theological Studies students may choose to study the module ‘Religion in the Workplace’ which focusses specifically on developing employability and enterprise skills.

Careers and placements

Career prospects

In 2016/17, 96% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes. History graduates find work in a wide range of related and non-related professional employment. Some choose to undertake postgraduate study at Cardiff or elsewhere, and some have become internationally reputed historians.

Placements

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion has a dedicated Work Placements Officer who supports students with work experience opportunities both in and out of term time and careers advice.

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