We ensure that, whatever you’ve studied before, everyone becomes familiar and confident in using ideas Education and Religious Studies draws upon from disciplines such as theology, sociology, popular culture, history and philosophy. We do this by tackling themes rather than trudging through textbooks – you’ll explore different religious traditions, consider whether the Old Testament has relevance today, why poorer children do less well in school, whether children have too few or too many rights and whether the National Curriculum is relevant or outdated. Year 1 culminates in a six-week professional placement where ideas meet practice and you can see whether that career you’re thinking about really is for you.
As you develop your own ideas in the education disciplines introduced last year, you now have more scope to let these shape your assignments. Do you have a better way of funding university education than students paying fees and could you ‘sell’ this to the public? What changes would we make to ensure schooling is fair and ethical for all? Should SATs be changed or abolished?
The discipline of sociology contributes to your religious studies too, where issues such as globalisation and its impact are viewed through the lens of religions. You build on your understanding of the relevance of the Old Testament by now examining the New Testament.
You learn how to design your own research project, in preparation for Year 3.
There is a second professional placement to keep ideas in contact with professional practice and to help build your CV and inform your career choice.
One third of your final year’s work and assessment is your choice – you could review an issue you’re interested in, go into professional contexts as a researcher or negotiate with professional educators to set up a project. Of course, we help throughout - you are allocated an individual supervisor.
You will examine the teaching profession through film, TV and literature. Radical ideas regarding educational practice and new ideas to support inclusion are considered.
Religious knowledge and practice connects now with the local communities of Leeds and Bradford. You will see how religion interplays with geography, economy and society.
You will graduate knowledgeable about the ideas and values of others, and with ideas and values of your own. Most importantly, as an Education and Religious Studies graduate you have the confidence to be successful in a range of professional contexts.