To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
You will be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September. However, you might like to undertake some independent study of some of the key texts on the course.
We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive but if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we suggest the following:
- The Study of Religion: an introduction to Key ideas and Methods, by George Chryssies and Ron Greaves. 2014. London, Bloomsbury
- Sacred Scriptures of the World Religions: An Introduction, by Joan Price. 2009. London, Continuum
- An Introduction to Religious and Spiritual Experience, by Marianne Rankin. 2008. London, Continuum
- Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds, edited by Heidi Campbell. 2013. London, Routledge
The following are really useful resources:
Things to do now
We have created a selection of tasks which will help you to prepare for you course:
Task one – engage with current debates
Keep a focus on contemporary expressions of religion and spirituality by reading and engaging with current media debates, on TV, in the press and on Social Media. The BBC ‘Beyond Belief’ series is a great place to start.
Task two – Develop your awareness of beliefs and practices
In your first year, you will be introduced to each of the main global religious traditions: the Abrahamic traditions (Judaism, Islam, Christianity) and the Dharmic faiths (Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism). If you have never studied these faiths before, you will find it helpful to start to build your awareness of these beliefs and practices through your own independent study.
You could create a short portfolio of notes on each religion using the BBC website as well as any other texts or websites you find through your own research.
Task three – Digital religion
With your passion for religion and given the move to digital platforms at the current time, it might be particularly interesting for you to research how faith centres or places of worship are moving religion into online settings. This will help prepare you for our ‘Digital Religion’ module.
There are also some helpful broadcasts on digital religion that you might want to listen to:
Meet your programme lead:
Additional ways to prepare
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