Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

L350

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time

Department

Anthropology
Sociology
Politics and International Relations

Course overview

Religion is one of the most important social forces shaping our world today. This course will teach you about the ways it interacts with all aspects of society, from communications to politics and gender.

Why study BA Religion at Goldsmiths?

  • Our current religious landscape raises difficult and urgent questions which demand sophisticated analysis. Using a mix of classical theories and contemporary research, you’ll be encouraged to think critically about religion and find the answers.
  • London is a truly global city, so there’s no better place to see how religion impacts our everyday life than the capital. We make the most of our location by taking you on walking tours of the local area, where you’ll see how religion interacts with the community around it.
  • You’ll be encouraged to take a work placement module, likely with organisations such as think tanks, pressure groups, media organisations and NGOs.
  • Our students are changing the world – they’ve worked on projects that deal with LGBTQ+ rights and the role of the media, and they are likely to go on to work in politics, charities and education.
  • We’re welcoming of all students, whether you have a religious background or not. This isn’t a traditional theology degree – we approach religion as a social science. If you’re curious about religion and want to engage critically with what’s happening around you, this is the course for you.
  • The BA Religion degree is led by the Department of Sociology and is also taught across the departments of Anthropology and Politics and International Relations, so you'll be able to benefit from a range of perspectives and take modules from all disciplines.
  • You'll be taught by experts in the field, including programme convenor Professor Abby Day, who is well-known nationally and internationally.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Abby Day

What you'll study

Year 1 (credit level 4)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

Year 1 modules Module title Credits
  Modern Knowledge, Modern Power 30 credits
  Culture and Society 30 credits
  Believing and Belonging in London and the World 30 credits
  Colonialism, Power and Resistance 30 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

Year 2 modules Module title Credits
  Anthropology of Religion 15 credits (UG) or 30 credits (PG)
  Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences 15 credits
  Sociology of Religion in the Modern World 15 credits
  The Making of the Modern World 15 credits

You will then be encouraged to take two optional modules from Sociology and two from Politics and International Relations. The options offered may be different each year, but current options include:

  • Africa in the Global Political Economy
  • Politics, Ideology and Culture
  • Migration, Globalisation and Citizenship
Year 2 option modules Module title Credits
  Life: A User's Manual 15 credits
  The Body: Social Theory and Social Practice 15 credits
  Crimes Against Humanity 15 credits
  An(other) Japan: Politics, Ideology and Culture 15 credits
  Migration in Context 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

You will write a dissertation (30 credits), which should be an empirically based extended case study on a key religious issue/place/person/problem. This may include, for example, study of a particular ethnic group, advocacy for refugee or disability rights, or work in the field of visual cultures.

You will also study the following compulsory modules:

Compulsory modules Module title Credits
  Analysing the Complexity of Contemporary Religious Life 15 credits
  Issues in Contemporary Social Theory 15 credits

In addition to the dissertation and compulsory modules, you will choose optional modules to the value of 60 credits.

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will also have a fortnightly two hour workshop, led by the Course Convenor. This will give you an opportunity for you to discuss in more detail the theories and case studies presented in the lectures. Field trips and walking tours of the local area will also be organised.

Alongside this, you'll be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 14% scheduled learning, 86% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 38% coursework, 62% written exam
  • Year 2 - 75% coursework, 25% written exam
  • Year 3 - 75% coursework, 25% written exam

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2016/17. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification, for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Find out about our undergraduate tuition fees and funding opportunities.

Additional costs

When you start your studies you'll receive a printed copy of the handbook for your degree. At the beginning of the academic year you'll receive £10 of printer credit to use as you choose.

Module guides and reading packs including reading materials for your programme are provided digitally and you may decide to use your printer credit towards printing these.

Careers

Skills

The BA Religion will help you develop the following skills:

  • An understanding of the role of religion in contemporary global society
  • The ability to design and carry out preliminary research
  • The ability to approach and investigate a subject from multiple perspectives
  • The ability to investigate, assess and communicate empirical information
  • An awareness and appreciation of social and cultural differences
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Communication skills including public speaking, developing and presenting an argument, note taking and report writing

Careers

This programme’s breadth ideally suits students who want to undertake further academic study in the fields of religion, sociology, anthropology and politics.