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Religious Education

Programme Description:
The social, cultural and religious context within which Religious Education now takes place within the island of Ireland has changed considerably within the second half of the twentieth century.

Changing patterns of Church affiliation and practice, the development of Irish society as increasingly secular yet also interfaith and the pressing urgency of global inter-religious relations all contribute to provide both challenges and opportunities for Religious Education within Ireland in the twenty first century.

Entry requirements

Level 8 Undergraduate Degree (H2.2) or equivalent which includes a significant element of Religious Education, Catechetics or Theology. For students without the relevant academic qualification but with relevant previous experience, recognition for prior learning can be awarded.

Duration

Stage 1 modules may be offered every second year while Stage 2 will be offered annually. Participants may commence the programme at any stage.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities:
This programme is suitable for candidates who wish to progress further in their professional sector and are already in employment. It aims to enhance professional knowledge and it is designed to provide a student-centred, accessible, flexible, coherent framework for the personal, professional and academic development of participants. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own work practices and to link their study to their working environment.

Further enquiries

Education Department
St. Angela’s College
Lough Gill Sligo

T: 071 919 5550/ 071/ 580
E: education@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Module Options Stage 1: All modules = 15 ECTS (NFQ, Level 9)
• Contemporary Developments in Religious Education
• Religion and Belief in a Changing World
• Religious Education: Linking Life and Faith
• Spirituality and Religious Education
• Religious Education in Contexts of Diversity
• Religious Education: Resources and Approaches in a Digital Age

Module Options Stage 2 - both modules are core modules
• Advanced Research Module
• Dissertation Module

Students successfully completing 45 ECTS of modules in Stage 1 of the programme continue to Stage 2 where they undertake the Advanced Research Module and the Dissertation Module and exit with an Master of Arts (Religious Education).

Alternatively, students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate on successfully completing 30 ECTS (2 modules) or with a Postgraduate Diploma on successfully completing 60 ECTS (4 modules).

Students may also study standalone modules and exit with 15 ECTS (NFQ, Level 9) upon successful completion of a module.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2016.

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