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EQ914 - Philosophical Studies in Religions, Society and Education

  • Module code: EQ914
  • Module name: Philosophical Studies in Religions, Society and Education
  • Department: Centre for Education Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to enable students to understand and evaluate the use of philosophical research methods in the study of faith-based and religion-related education. Students will be taught the principles of philosophical analysis and critically analyse the use of philosophical methods in relation to a selected context(s) and in particular research projects.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students should be able to: 1) Apply a systematic knowledge and critical understanding of selected areas in Religions, Society and Education to some contemporary issues, demonstrating knowledge of current/ research debate and awareness of the issues associated with the application and development of philosophically-based research perspectives; 2) Independently gather, organise and critique philosophically-based research data from a broad range of primary, secondary and scholarly sources, communicating concisely in writing using sophisticated concepts and vocabulary appropriate to Religions, Society and Education, and proposing new hypotheses where appropriate; 3) Critically relate research, theory and practice in a creative and reflective way, according to professional/vocational context where appropriate; 4) Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of using philosophical research in the study of Religions, Society and Education; 5) Critically analyse and evaluate the application of specific philosophical methodology to particular issues in the study of Religions, Society and Education.

Timetabled teaching activities

For part-time study, pathway residentials: 18 hours (contact time) The module spans two residential seminars. In the first seminar the research problem is analysed and the research strategy is assessed. In the second seminar the draft report is presented, critiqued and developed. Between those two seminars (held towards the beginning and towards the end of a module) candidates are supported at a distance in undertaking and developing their independent learning through negotiated contact with their personal tutor and through continuing dialogue with and support from their peers within the seminar.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EQ914-30)
A (Assessed work only) Written Work (5000 words) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Religions, Society and Education (X3R3) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Religions, Society and Education (Christian Education) (X3R3) - Year 1