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Taught Courses (Lancaster University) 

Now available for 2015 entry by distance learning - with no residential requirement:

Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies

Overview
This new Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies programme is the result of an innovative, interdisciplinary collaboration between the Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham and the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Religion (PPR) at Lancaster University. The course is designed to introduce students to theories, issues and processes connected with the history, theology and sociology of Quakerism in a global context. The programme is especially relevant to those interested in Quaker theology and history, the adaptation of religious groups to new social and geographical settings, globalisation and religion, and secularisation. On successful completion, students have the option of transferring to the MA in Quakerism in the Modern World.Alternatively, the Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies is an excellent way to gain a grounding in the academic study of the Quaker past and present. Building on established scholarship, this distance learning master course offers convenience and flexibility in terms of study time and location. The programme will be offered full-time (1 year, October start) or part-time (2 years, October start) from the 2015-2016 academic year. Please contact the programme director Professor Chris Partridge (c.partridge@lancaster.ac.uk) for more details or see Lancaster's page on the Postgraduate Certificate. For specific details about the Quaker content of the course, please contact Professor Ben Pink Dandelion (b.dandelion@lancaster.ac.uk). Structure This distance learning Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies programme is delivered entirely online. It begins in early October, with an online orientation session conducted through Moodle VLE and web conferencing system. This introduces students to course tutors, familiarises students with the requirement of the programme and online learning tools and resources (e.g. Moodle VLE, discussion forum, e-library etc). The programme aims to help students to realise their academic potential, by encouraging choice and independence in their studies. Based on the distance learning pedagogical principles, it employs a wide variety of online learning tools to enhance students' learning experience. The programme consists of 3 taught distance-learning modules.  Details of all the modules will soon be available on this page on Lancaster University's website.  For each module, learning activities consist of compulsory key readings, lecture podcasts, as well as participation in presentation, web seminars and online discussion forums:
  • PPR.489d: Quaker Theology in Context (Distance
  • PPR.490d: Quakerism, Peace and Justice (Distance)
  • PPR.491d: The Sociology of Contemporary Quakerism (Distance)
Each module is to be completed within a 10-week period and assessed by the participation in weekly learning activities and a 5,000 word essay (to be submitted after the end of the module). Study throughout the whole programme is comprehensively supported through supervised online group discussions, web seminars and individual academic supervision to ensure an engaging and enjoyable distance learning experience. Finally, for those interested, there will be an optional Summer School based at Woodbrooke and at Lancaster University in the heart of ‘1652 country’, which will include additional lectures and guided visits to key sites of Quaker interest.

MA in Quakerism in the Modern World

Overview This new MA Quakerism in the Modern Age programme is the result of an innovative, interdisciplinary collaboration between the Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham and the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Religion (PPR) at Lancaster University. The MA is designed to introduce students to theories, issues and processes connected with the history, theology and sociology of Quakerism in a global context. It offers training in research methods and includes a module on theories of international relations to help students better understand the modern global context. The programme is especially relevant to those interested in Quaker theology and history, the adaptation of religious groups to new social and geographical settings, globalisation and religion, and secularisation and Quakerism in a changing political environment. It is an excellent way to prepare for PhD research or for leadership in denominational settings. Building on established scholarship, this postgraduate distance learning course offers convenience and flexibility in terms of study time and location. The programme will be offered full-time (12 months, October start) or part-time (24 months, October start) from the 2015-2016 academic year. Please contact the programme director Professor Chris Partridge (c.partridge@lancaster.ac.uk) for more details or see this page on Lancaster University's website.  For specific details about the Quaker content of the course, please contact Professor Ben Pink Dandelion (b.dandelion@lancaster.ac.uk). Structure This distance learning MA Quakerism in the Modern World programme is delivered entirely online. It begins in early October, with an online orientation session conducted through Moodle VLE and web conferencing system. This introduces students to course tutors, familiarises students with the requirement of the programme and online learning tools and resources (e.g. Moodle VLE, discussion forum, e-library etc). The programme aims to help students to realise their academic potential, by encouraging choice and independence in their studies. Based on the distance learning pedagogical principles, it employs a wide variety of online learning tools to enhance students' learning experience.
The programme consists of 5 taught distance learning modules and a dissertation.  Details of all the modules will soon be available on this page on Lancaster University's websiteFor each module, learning activities consist of compulsory key readings, lecture podcasts, as well as participation in presentation, web seminars and online discussion forums. Four modules are compulsory: :
  •   PPR.400d: Theory and Concepts in Postgraduate Studies (Distance)
  •   PPR.405d: Dissertation (Distance)
  •   PPR.489d: Quaker Theology in Context (Distance)
  •   PPR.490d: Quakerism, Peace and Justice (Distance)
  •   PPR.491d: The Sociology of Contemporary Quakerism (Distance)

The fifth module can be chosen from:
  • PPR410d: Major Approaches to the study of International Relations (Distance)
  • PPR492d: Religion and Conflict (Distance)
  • PPR493d: Faith Debates: Religion, Society and Politics (Distance)
There is also the possibility of taking these latter two modules with one of the Quaker Studies modules for a PG Cert. Religious Studies.
Each module is to be completed within a 10-week period and assessed by the participation in weekly learning activities and a 5,000 word essay (to be submitted after the end of the module). The final component of the course involves a dissertation of 20,000 words, on a research topic of the student’s own choice. Study throughout the whole programme is comprehensively supported through supervised online group discussions, web seminars and individual academic supervision to ensure an engaging and enjoyable distance learning experience. Finally, for those interested, there will be an optional Summer School based at Woodbrooke and at Lancaster University in the heart of ‘1652 country’, which will include additional lectures and guided visits to key sites of Quaker interest.

Fees

Fees for these courses can be paid in two instalments; the first in October, and the second in January. Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies
The fees for 2015-2016 are yet to be confirmed but we estimate them to be:
Home/EU students:   Full time = £2,083   Part time = £1.042 per year
Overseas students:  Full time  =  £4,733  Part time = £2,367 per year See Lancaster's website for funding opportunities. MA Quakerism in the Modern World
The fees for 2015-2016 are yet to be confirmed but we estimate them to be:
Home/EU students:  Full time = £6,250   Part time = £3,125 per year
Overseas students:   Full time = £14,200   Part time = £7,100 per year
 
There are Departmental Bursaries available for the MA programme.  The deadline for this is 18 April.   You need to hold an offer of a place to study on the course before you can be considered for funding.    See Lancaster University's postgraduate funding pages for further funding opportunities.

What is like to do an online degree?

So what is it really like to pursue your studies online? Two Lancaster University students who have already started on other online courses made the following comments about their experiences. "It is the first time I ever took part on a distance learning program and so far enjoy the experience. I think it provides full learning prospects adjusted to the particularities of my daily program. I really enjoy the fora and think they give each one the opportunity to participate, be really heard and register their views. Though the most difficult part, presentations were something to look forward as it was very enjoyable to hear and see my distance learning classmates." "Just to say I have found the course extremely interesting, stimulating and above all topical, which all in all has made it really motivating. I have moreover, found all people connected to the course more than helpful and the criticism, when needed, constructive, which as a teacher myself I very much appreciate. As well as this I have to say I have found my colleagues on the course to be inspiring in themselves and I feel that I am learning and have learnt a lot to date not only from the course but from them as well, and as such look forward to learning more as the course progresses."