Kent's dept. of Religious Studies no longer offers modules on Christianity?

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Anyone else planning on doing religious studies at Kent uni? I've been looking at the modules currently available and it doesn't look like Christianity is covered other than in small doses when looking at broader subjects like the afterlife which seems strange because previously they ran quite a few modules on the Christianity. Anyone else a bit confused by this?
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Anyone else planning on doing religious studies at Kent uni? I've been looking at the modules currently available and it doesn't look like Christianity is covered other than in small doses when looking at broader subjects like the afterlife which seems strange because previously they ran quite a few modules on the Christianity. Anyone else a bit confused by this?
Why not e-mail the course organiser and ask them why this is? Do they offer modules on other religions?
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It's a bit odd given half the dept specialise in the Bible!

I'd hazard it's a subscription thing, i.e. people just were not signing up for the modules.
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Why not e-mail the course organiser and ask them why this is? Do they offer modules on other religions?
I emailed them a few hours ago although I'm not sure how long it usually takes for department to respond back. Tbh when I first saw the lack of Christian modules my reaction was to, no pun intended, pray that Chichester might still have places left as they'd given me a good offer before and their course had a stronger Christian focus. Realistically it's probably too late for that now but I'm still a little shocked that they're kind of avoiding the largest religion in the world in a religious studies course. They have individual modules for Judaism/Islam and Hinduism/Buddhism, maybe they'll re-introduce Christianity next year but I'm not getting my hopes too high.

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It's a bit odd given half the dept specialise in the Bible!

I'd hazard it's a subscription thing, i.e. people just were not signing up for the modules.
That's definitely a possibility which, if true, is a shame imo. Christianity has about four times more adherents than Buddhism yet Buddhism is covered under two modules, 'Hinduism & Buddhism' and 'Eastern religions', while Christianity gets none. Confused as to why people wouldn't see Christian modules as important but you're probably right.
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That's definitely a possibility which, if true, is a shame imo. Christianity has about four times more adherents than Buddhism yet Buddhism is covered under two modules, 'Hinduism & Buddhism' and 'Eastern religions', while Christianity gets none. Confused as to why people wouldn't see Christian modules as important but you're probably right.
Hahahaha, I suspect you're complaining to the wrong person about that.

You could petition staff to get the module reinstated if you cared enough.
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(Original post by confused-cius)
I emailed them a few hours ago although I'm not sure how long it usually takes for department to respond back. Tbh when I first saw the lack of Christian modules my reaction was to, no pun intended, pray that Chichester might still have places left as they'd given me a good offer before and their course had a stronger Christian focus. Realistically it's probably too late for that now but I'm still a little shocked that they're kind of avoiding the largest religion in the world in a religious studies course. They have individual modules for Judaism/Islam and Hinduism/Buddhism, maybe they'll re-introduce Christianity next year but I'm not getting my hopes too high.


That's definitely a possibility which, if true, is a shame imo. Christianity has about four times more adherents than Buddhism yet Buddhism is covered under two modules, 'Hinduism & Buddhism' and 'Eastern religions', while Christianity gets none. Confused as to why people wouldn't see Christian modules as important but you're probably right.
Richard King is a premier world leading authority in Indian philosophy and Indian languages, so he attracts people interested in those areas wherever he works, even at undergrad. Indian phil is sonewhat en vogue at the moment which is great for people like me, but less so for others!

The other side of it is (and I know this because I see it every year!) Indian phil modules usually attract large subscription in university depts because they are seen as exotic and unusual. Our Indian philosophy courses usually have twice the amount of students as our theology-based modules, for example. I assume that is the case elsewhere, too, especially when the HoD is so highly regarded.

But yes, given the other expertise in the dept, it is a little odd. Maybe you get some freedom in those modules that do cover the Christian based stuff. I hope that it pans out for you one way or the other!
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I’ve heard this University is very behind and unrepresentative to the model workplace with their modules.
If I was in your situation, I’d apply to another University, especially if this is something you wanted to study and broaden your knowledge on.
As far as I’m aware, most Universities have filled their clearing spaces till next year, I know that the Open University and a few in Wales are still allowing students till the middle of September, thus this University is good because you can pick and choose what modules you study, and what degree you want to do- so I’d really recommend looking into that. As a teacher and career advisor at my local secondary school, this is something I’d recommend for your situation.

Important to remmeber that you have to repay around £50,000 so it’s important to pick a degree you’re happy with.
Please inbox me some messages if you need more advice.
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I’ve heard this University is very behind and unrepresentative to the model workplace with their modules.
What does this mean in relation to a lack of specialist Christian phil modules? What workplace are they modelling? I fully expect the module listings to be representative of past subscription, I'm not sure we need to read any deeper into it than that.

The modules do not need to represent anything other than the research strengths of the department and the interests of the student body in relation to those research strengths.

Of course if OP is not satisfied with the modules on offer, they should not go.
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(Original post by confused-cius)
I emailed them a few hours ago although I'm not sure how long it usually takes for department to respond back. Tbh when I first saw the lack of Christian modules my reaction was to, no pun intended, pray that Chichester might still have places left as they'd given me a good offer before and their course had a stronger Christian focus. Realistically it's probably too late for that now but I'm still a little shocked that they're kind of avoiding the largest religion in the world in a religious studies course. They have individual modules for Judaism/Islam and Hinduism/Buddhism, maybe they'll re-introduce Christianity next year but I'm not getting my hopes too high.


That's definitely a possibility which, if true, is a shame imo. Christianity has about four times more adherents than Buddhism yet Buddhism is covered under two modules, 'Hinduism & Buddhism' and 'Eastern religions', while Christianity gets none. Confused as to why people wouldn't see Christian modules as important but you're probably right.
Hi,

It's not too late! Call 01243816001 or email [email protected] to talk to our admissions team about a place on our Theology and Religious Studies courses.
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Hi,

It's not too late! Call 01243816001 or email [email protected] to talk to our admissions team about a place on our Theology and Religious Studies courses.
Thanks for the reply. I'm weighing up my options at the moment and getting advice from my old teachers on what to do. If I decide to switch then I'll be sure to get in touch ASAP.
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(Original post by confused-cius)
Thanks for the reply. I'm weighing up my options at the moment and getting advice from my old teachers on what to do. If I decide to switch then I'll be sure to get in touch ASAP.
If you have any questions or would like some more information then let us know! We're happy to help.
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