The way we live on our planet is partly shaped by the way in which we see ourselves in the Cosmos.

Whether we think that our resources need to be preserved, or that they can be endlessly exploited, depends on whether we see the existence of life on earth as precious and delicate, or if we think that the universe will always provide an answer for our problems.

The Sophia centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture takes such issues as its focus, asking how we, as humans, relate not only to the environment here on earth, but to the greater environment, the cosmos.

The Centre moved to its present home in Lampeter in 2007 and is a flourishing part of the academic life of the University. Its main activity is teaching the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, combining history and anthropology to explore the use of the stars and the universe in religion, psychology, the arts, politics – in any aspect of human culture, in any location or time period. We look at how human beings have derived meaning from the stars and sought – and seek - to balance their lives with the cosmos. The MA and its syllabus are unique and represent the University’s pioneering spirit and determination to explore the way we understand our place in the wider environment. The MA’s taught modules include Sacred Geography, the only module of its kind to explore the concept of sacred and profane space, how such space may be constructed and experienced.

The MA has pioneered sustainability in the University and has been entirely on-line, using virtual learning environments, since January 2008.

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Learn more about the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.