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Religion, Society and Culture BA (Hons)

Durham University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    South College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

This degree will equip you with the skills to understand religion and its power to shape the human condition This degree is designed to develop an understanding of the centrality of religion to the functioning of societies past, present and future. You will engage with the comparative study of religion, especially with the significance of myth-, ritual- and meaning-making. This is complemented by more specialised modules that explore religious practice in relation to either particular religions (such as Islam, Judaism and Christianity), particular regions (such as Asia, Africa, and Europe), or particular transnational media (the internet, film and literature). You will engage with the role of religion in a wide range of contexts: including politics, literature, bioethics, and war. Students on this degree will benefit from the considerable strength that the Department has in the comparative study of religion, the social sciences and the study of religious texts/artefacts. Graduates of the degree will be highly employable in a range of professions including the civil service, education, research and social work.The degree enables you to understand better the world we live in, and to explore the forces that shape your own attitudes, hopes and fears. In turn, it will empower you to go out into the world to make a difference for the good.**Year 1**Lays the foundations that are needed for higher study, providing core understandings and skills for the exploration of religion and culture.Two compulsory religious practice modules are taken in the first year, as follows: Islam Observed / Christianity in Context / at least two compulsory theory modules: Worldview, Faith and Identity AND God and the Good: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics AND/OR God and Evil / and one or two modules from a large list of electives offered by the Department of Theology and Religion and from the departments of Anthropology and Sociology. Examples of modules available in recent years include: People and Cultures / Societies in Transition / Conceptualising Society / Biblical Hebrew / New Testament Greek / Introduction to Christian Theology / Reading Biblical Texts. One of these optional modules may be taken in your second year. **Year 2**The second year builds upon the first allowing for deeper study of key themes, traditions and practices. Candidates have to choose at least three modules from a list of electives that may include, for example: Death, Ritual and Belief / Religion in Contemporary Britain / Atheism, Belief, and the Edge of Reason / Faith, Identity and Power in Latin America / Sacred India: Land, Politics and Identity / Topics in Christian Ethics / Myth and Meaning: The Structural Analysis of Mythology / Research Project and Colloquium in Theology and Religion / Science and Theology: Exploring the Interface / God and the Universe of Faiths.They may choose to draw up to three modules from a further list of electives.**Year 3**In your final year, you will submit a double dissertation which allows you to explore in depth a topic of your choice which is of special interest to you. In the third year you will also take optional modules, selecting from a list of modules offered by the Department of Theology and Religion and from other departments. Examples of recent modules include: Anthropology of Religious Controversy / Religion and Film / Religious Diversity in African Context / Emotion and Identity in Religion / The Postmodern God**Study Abroad**Students admitted to the BA (Hons) Religion, Society and Culture are able to apply to transfer to the BA (Hons) Religion, Society and Culture (with Year Abroad) course.Durham University has over 240 student exchange agreements across the world as part of our International Exchange programmes. Students apply for

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 22,250per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : AAB

Specific subjects excluded for entry:General Studies and Critical Thinking.Information:Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.


University information

Durham University

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    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    15th out of 102 4

    3rd out of 33 1

  • Entry standards

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    154 78%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    63 63%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.11 82%


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  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85 85%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.15 83%



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