To help you feel prepared for your BA (Hons) Secondary Religious Education studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some things to do right now. Read on to find out more:
You’ll 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.
In the meantime, you might like to begin your reading before starting your degree. 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:
Key text for all trainee RE teachers:
- Learning to Teach RE in Secondary School, by L.P Barnes. 2018 3rd ed. Routledge Falmer
Key introductory texts for your modules:
- The Study of Religion: An introduction to key ideas and methods, by G.D. Chryssides and R. Greaves. 2014 2nd ed. London, Continuum
- Any of the Oxford University Press Very Short Introductions to …[Religion] e.g.
- Christianity: A Very Short Introduction, by L. Woodhead. 2014 2nd ed. Oxford University Press
- Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction, by K. Knott. 2016 2nd ed. Oxford University Press
- Islam: A Very Short Introduction, by M. Ruthven. 2012 2nd ed. Oxford University Press
Keeping up to date with the latest developments in the education world is a great way to prepare for your course. Here are some websites that we think you’ll find useful. And you should also try and find some good websites of your own:
We have created a selection of tasks which will help you to prepare for your course and enhance your professional profile.
We recommend that you keep your responses and notes together in a portfolio of pre-course work as they may well come in useful in the future.