MA Religion and Society in York
You may have been teaching a while now and thinking about how you might take on another degree – perhaps others in your local group feel the same and want to discuss this with others. One such route is with York St John University. Dr Esther Mcintosh wrote:
Our MA in Religion in Society offers a distinctive and flexible pattern of study which will meet the needs of a wide range of students interested in the current role, representation and function of religion in society today. We intend to teach two modules per year in the evening; so that full-time RE teachers would be able to take the MA on a part-time basis, or could take stand-alone modules for professional development.
The programme will emphasise the importance of understanding the current religious climate, including the representation of religion in the media and popular culture, its activity in the public sphere and its significance for identity and wellbeing. In particular, by engaging with the Centre for Religion in Society (CRiS) and the wide range of journalists, political activists and religious practitioners invited to give Ebor lectures.
The MA will explore the interrelation of secular and religious communities in relation to social justice and the complex issues of gender and sexuality, spirituality and mental health. The MA offers a varied and exciting programme taught by experienced, research-active academics designed to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the philosophy of religion, theology or religious studies through critical exploration of the theory and practice of religion in society.
Esther continues: In addition, we would like to make contact with local NATRE ambassadors who could be involved in school visits to promote the study of TRS at university.
The North West and East secondary groups may well be involved in the NATRE Student RE Ambassador scheme, but either way, do contact Esther if you and your group are interested. Esther McIntosh E.McIntosh@yorksj.ac.uk
We are increasing links between schools and universities – it isn’t just through secondary local groups either. If you and your group work with your local university, please do let me know when you meet, what you discuss and any projects that you are working on together.