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The MA in Death, Religion and Culture (MA: DRC) combines, within a common and specific theme, a range of modules dealing with the study of death rhetoric and rituals as seen in a variety of religious traditions as well as within contemporary popular culture. The MA is a unique programme and explores the rich variation in a variety of texts, traditions and practices, and seeks to understand the ideas behind these sources.
The programme is sensitive to the language of death in various cultures and nations. Such language may be formal or informal, institutional or popular, driven by ideologies, religious experience and reflection, or by humanist concerns. It may be expressed in words (prayer, theologies and other religious and secular theories), music, symbol, the audio and visual media, ritual or architecture. The study of the rhetoric of death will cover both ancient and modern ways of speaking about death. By rituals is meant the popular practices and the more formal rituals associated with death and dying. Popular practices even within the United Kingdom vary regionally; the formal rites of interment and remembrance themselves display variation, often in accordance with or influenced by a particular cultural or religious tradition.
Students will approach the study of the rhetoric and rituals of death through the major methodologies of Theology and Religious Studies. Theology consists of critical reflection on belief and practice from the standpoint of a particular religious tradition (in this case the Christian tradition). Students will be introduced to and gain skills in a number of theological sub methodologies and perspectives drawn from, e.g., biblical, pastoral, philosophical, systematic, historical, liturgical, political, liberationist, body and feminist theologies. Religious Studies investigates the phenomena of religious belief and practice using a number of different methodologies including anthropology, psychology, cultural studies and sociology. There is some overlap between these two major methodologies because Theology may be regarded as a sub methodology of Religious Studies, and theologians can draw upon the insights of Religious Studies scholars in order to engage in critical reflection upon their particular religious tradition.
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All the courses are taught by Distance Learning
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