BA Religious Studies and Heritage Studies
Religious Studies and Heritage studies is a programme that is designed to allow students to indulge their love of exploring questions of faith, spirituality, and religions of the world, with various aspects of the Heritage sector, be that Heritage interpretation and display, museums, archives, heritage management and tourism.
The programme will offer students the opportunity to explore Religion as it relates to all aspects of human life. Religion has impacted on politics, society and the environment, and through its historical and contemporary influence it has shaped the world around us. Indeed, we cannot truly understand the world, and even ourselves, without comprehending religions in all their diversity. This course is designed to help students understand religions in their cultural, social, and historical contexts. You will examine the roles that religions play in the pressing issues of our era. The programme takes students beyond superficial media coverage of contemporary events into deeper issues of history, identity, and the implications of religious commitment for issues of world concern.
The course covers an extensive array of contemporary, thematic and historical topics and a wide range of religious traditions. This gives students a real insight into the human condition and the multiplicity of religious beliefs and practices in the world. You will have an opportunity to visit places of worship and other sites of significance for the study of religion, culture and society, as well as acquiring practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures and religions.
Alongside this students will study a range of modules that will explore different aspects of Heritage and Heritage-related agencies, institutions and subjects. It will do this in an innovative way that will combine study of general and broadly based Heritage issues with more specialist or particular aspects of the field. The programme will equip students with an understanding and appreciation of the wider field of Heritage, which includes a compulsory work placement at level 5 and time in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives at level 6. This provides students with both an attractive approach to study as well as equipping them with an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the Heritage sector or cultural industries.
- Introduction to Heritage
- Heritage Marketing
- Museums, Heritage and Representation
- Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
- Perspectives on Living Religions
- Abrahamic Faiths
- Asian Religious Traditions
- Introduction to Religion, Culture and Society
- International Study Tour
- Women and Religion
- Islam in the West
- Sects, Self and Society
- Chinese Religion and Culture
- Imagining the Other: Theories of Religion
- Jesus through Faith and Culture
- Exploring Ritual
- Sex and Violence: Religion in the Modern World
- Satan and his World of Darkness
- Religions in Antiquity
- Media, Religion and Society
- Building & Architectural History
- Nautical Archaeology
- Heritage Data Management
- Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
- Heritage Management: sustainable tourism
- Sustainable Development
- Conservation of buildings
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
- Training in historical research methods
- Close relationships with experts in the sector
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- various opportunities for field trips
- Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, Castles and Cathedrals
Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats from essays (ranging from 1500 words up to 3500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1000 word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, palaeographic work, oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.
Learning and Teaching methods
Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We are also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your on written work such as help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or feedback advice on a specific assignment.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to assist you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.
More specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:
- Heritage sector
- Museum and archive management
- Education officers
- Local government officers
- Business and administration
- Heritage Administration
- Teaching and lecturing
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
There is an optional field trip connected to a module for second and third year students to visit religious sites first hand. The Faculty subsidises this trip but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. The Faculty aims to keep the cost in the range £400-£700.
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA Religious Studies and Heritage Studies at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.