School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

History and Religious Studies

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

History and religion are important factors that shape our lives and mould our identities.

History and religion are important factors that shape our lives and mould our identities.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code VV16
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  • Start Date(s) 20 January 2020, 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Why choose this course?

History and religion are important factors that shape our lives and mould our identities. This fascinating and thorough course allows you to examine a wide range of themes and issues from local, national and global perspectives. Focusing on the religious, cultural, political, social and economic aspects of historical change, you will be encouraged to study particular areas of historical interest and controversy in depth.

In your studies, you will learn the essential techniques of critical analysis, research methods and the skills required for handling and processing information. You will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of different approaches in History and Religious Studies through a varied and dynamic learning and teaching environment.

 
Using traditional and enhanced electronic forms of learning, the degree enables you to achieve your full potential, developing the skills for successful study and future employment. The course actively encourages intellectual curiosity and digital literacy and lets you apply the skills you have learned in the classroom to relevant work situations. Our graduates are in high demand and employers value the critical awareness, communication skills, initiative and organisational abilities the course instils in our students.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:

UNDERGRADUATE

Year 1

4HS001 The Pursuit of History (20 Credits)

4RL005 Introduction to the Study of Religion (20 Credits)

4HS003 The Making of Modern Britain, c1700 - c1819 (20 Credits)

4RL003 Hindu Dharma and the Contemporary World (20 Credits)

4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950 or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4HU003 From Student to Scholar or 4GK001 Raising Intercultural Awareness or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

4RL006 Christianity and the Contemporary World or 4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4WR004 The Holocaust or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 2

5RL002 Sikhi and the Contemporary World (20 Credits)

5RL001 Christianity and the Contemporary World (20 Credits)

5HS002 Revolutionary Ireland 1798-1940 or 5HS006 The Social History of Victorian Britain c1850-c1901 or 5HS008 Migrant Journeys, Migrant Stories. Itinerants, Migrants and Refugees c1800- 1950 or 5HS010 The Great War 1914-1918 (20 Credits)

5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5HU001 The Enlightenment (20 Credits)

5HS001 The Cold War or 5HS003 Sex and the City: Sexuality in the Long Eighteenth Century or 5HS007 Preserving the Past: Heritage, History and Identity or  5HS005 The Working Class in Twentieth Century Britain or 5HS011 Race and migration in Britain after 1945 (20 Credits)

5RL004 Islam, Muslims and the Contemporary World or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 3

6RL006 Atheism, Non-Belief and Religion (20 Credits)

6RL008 Fieldwork in Religious Communities (20 Credits)

6RL002 The Buddha, his Dharma and the Contemporary World (20 Credits)

6HS004 Independent Study in History or 6RL004 Religious Studies Independent Study or 6HS003 Consumption and the World of Goods: Drink, Drugs and Shopping in Britain, c. 1650-c.1830 or 6HS011 From Reich to Republic. German Society 1871-1924 or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6HS015 Doing Good? Histories of Charity in Modern Britain and Beyond or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6HS004 Independent Study in History or 6RL004 Religious Studies Independent Study or 6HS001 America: The Rise of a Superpower, 1890-1945 or 6HS006 Youth Culture and Popular Music in Twentieth Century Britain or 6HS010 Germany 1919-1945. From Weimar to Auschwitz. or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6HS014 The Family in Britain, 1830-1939 or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6HS004 Independent Study in History or 6RL004 Religious Studies Independent Study or 6HS001 America: The Rise of a Superpower, 1890-1945 or 6HS006 Youth Culture and Popular Music in Twentieth Century Britain or 6HS010 Germany 1919-1945. From Weimar to Auschwitz. or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6HS014 The Family in Britain, 1830-1939 or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

 This is an ideal course for students who want to go into teaching with a responsibility for RE and History in the primary sector, or as RE or History specialists in secondary schools and FE colleges. Whilst students focus on one subject for a secondary PGCE, the ability to offer another curriculum subject is a strength when applying for teaching posts.

The skills, competencies and knowledge you learn through this degree are also directly relevant to a wide variety of careers. Information work, librarianship, archive management, museum administration and heritage management are professions that actively employ our graduates. Similarly, the course provides the key analytical and digitally literate skills that are much sought after in the fields of local government, the civil service, the media and a wide range of business and commercial activities. Many graduates have gone on to undertake applied research at postgraduate level.
 
In addition, the practical engagement with local religious communities provides a good foundation for employment in the public sector. Religion is an important aspect of many people’s lives and understanding religion is highly relevant to the caring professions, social services, community work, the police, nursing and a wide range of business activities.

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

 The Religious Studies course is innovative in the extensive engagement with the local religious environment in Wolverhampton. Many religious communities are within walking distance of the campus and allow for sessions to link the classroom and community.

 Staff have recent and relevant experience of teaching in secondary schools and have been involved in local and national developments in Religious Education.

The course allows you to study a full range of historical topics in an innovative, supportive and exciting environment.
  • You will be taught by leading scholars and academic experts, with a proven and respected research and publications record.
  • You will be able to study particular themes and issues that interest you, rather than undertaking surveys of long periods of history.
  • You will develop key historical and transferable skills in a stimulating environment that is geared towards academic achievement, personal development and future employability.
The combination of Religious Studies and History is particularly relevant for students aiming to enter a career in education.
The central strand of technology running through the course means that graduates will be digitally literate and have a good understanding of the design and presentation of materials for different audiences.

 

 A successful graduate from this course will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A critical understanding of the problematic nature of interpreting the past, the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, and the multiplicity of sources available in History and Religious Studies;
  2. A critical engagement with key historiographical debates and the ability to address these in depth using primary and secondary sources, including an informed appreciation of the processes of continuity and change over an extended time-span;
  3. The ability to analyse the historical construction and changing nature of identities, as defined principally by place, religion, ethnicity, gender and class;
  4. Knowledge, understanding and application of theories and methods to analyse religion and religions;
  5. Knowledge and understanding of religion and religions in a variety of historical, local and global contexts;
  6. The use of appropriate technologies in digitally literate and enterprising ways to support research, process data and produce written work and presentational material.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

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Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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