The Religion, Culture and Society undergraduate course will investigate the historical and contemporary effect of religion, culture and society on educational, political and social constructs. You will address contemporary issues which challenge the fundamental principles of belief systems and explore developing theology. This course also encourages intellectual flexibility and equips students with an ability to challenge prejudices.
We incorporate field trips – national and international – into the programme delivery ensuring the enhancement of teaching and learning and enriching the student experience.
Students are also involved in at least one student centred conference per year:
As an RCS student, you will consider the development of different belief systems, both monotheistic and polytheistic, and also agnostic and atheistic. This includes cross cultural comparison in practice, tradition and belief, providing you with an informed and thoughtful engagement of current religious/faith based and human right issues.
You will also examine religious conflict associated to social problems emerging in the current global order and will discuss a number of issues relating to religious communities in connection to secularization and globalization – exploring how different communities relate to these challenges. There will be an emphasis on religious approaches to human rights, political freedom, gender roles, identity and nationalism within different social situations and constructs.
Additionally, you will engage with exciting topics relating to religion and belief; including different cultural understandings and perceptions of morality; therefore, critically examining some of the fundamental questions posed by religious beliefs that underpin theological and philosophical debates of classical and contemporary scholars.
RCS offers you an opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities. The exchange network is worldwide and includes countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, the United States and Europe. Exchange studies range from three months to one year and must be taken in year two; an opportunity not to be missed!
National & International Field Trips
Religion, Culture & Society aims to draw attention to shared values, beliefs and practices, and supports students in achieving a mutual appreciation of different faiths and traditions.
The purpose of RCS field trips, therefore, is to develop a lived experienced awareness of cultural heritage, traditions and practices of different faiths.
Placement, Work Experience and Volunteering
RCS offers optional volunteering modules in each year of study and a placement module in year three.
Many students take these opportunities to widen their portfolio by gaining experience in industry – the benefit of the experience is evident in improved performance in the final year and when competing for graduate jobs.
Social Activities and Networking
The RCS Team foster a very strong sense of community through social and professional networking. Our end of year Ball is a totally student led experience – from its conception through planning and organisation to the management – aimed at enhancing the student experience whilst studying at UCLan
The event brings together all cohorts; BA, MA, PhD and Alumni – great personal and professional networking and a fantastic experience!
Students nominate fellow classmates for Inspiration Awards presented at the Ball. The nominees have inspired and supported their classmates and strongly contributed to the sense of student community. They are recognized for their outstanding contribution to enhancing the overall student experience.
What are our students doing now?
This course has a very high employability success rate, our graduates have entered a wide range of careers from project managers for international charity organisations, culture and diversity advisors, youth workers, prison officers, police officers, government officers in the faith awareness sector, teachers in further and higher education to travel consultants advising on cultural diplomacy and lots more in between. Many of our graduates continue with study on either PGCE courses or remain with RCS to study at MA level.
RCS offers progression routes onto PGCE courses for graduates wishing to develop a career in teaching. We also offer our students the opportunity to study with us at MA level on one of two Awards:
There are also opportunities to further study for PhD or professional doctorate.
We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. Please take a look at our staff profiles for more information:
RCS has national and international recognition for excellence, innovation and research led teaching and the team are acknowledged experts in their fields.
Our Industry links
The RCS team at UCLan have a wide variety of links with local, national and international faith and intercultural forums, faith schools and academic institutions, all of which provide valuable contacts for students wishing to enter professions related to Teaching, Ministry, inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and relations. RCS also work with charity organisations both home and abroad and global outreach programmes. Further details and contacts are available from members of the RCS teaching team.
RELIGION, CULTURE & SOCIETY - STUDENT PUBLICATIONS
A number of students studying ‘Religion, Culture & Society’ (RCS) have had their work published in Diffusion, the UCLan Journal of Undergraduate Research. These students have achieved either an outstanding level of research or produced papers of academic excellence. These include:
Diffusion is a high quality, peer-reviewed journal, edited by a dedicated team of staff and students at the University of Central Lancashire.
The team is led by Dr. Carol Banks, an experienced editor of academic journals. Find out more information here.
“Choosing to study RCS at UCLan has been the best decision I have made to date. From the very minute I walked into the university it became clear that I wasn’t just ‘another student’ or a number on a register - I was part of the RCS family; where every single student matters, has a voice and is truly cared for! I do not say this lightly! Alongside the amazing pastoral side to the lecturing team, is the way they deliver their classes... interactive; fun and always with a respectful air of debate! I have learnt so much about not just religion, but about how different world views impact our society today. I have now completed a PGCE and am returning to UCLan to complete my RCS MA with this fantastic team!"
"Studying Religion, Culture and Society has introduced me to a wealth of knowledge that has allowed me to understand that this field isn’t just about religion. It is also about how religion and belief systems have had an impact on the economy, politics and education systems. This course has really encouraged me to develop a career in working with young people. Studying this degree hugely impacted my life both academically and personally."
- Saira Hassan
"Community engagement was a very strong feature of my RCS degree and I participated in a number of activities, such as; the Hindu celebration of Diwali, Sikh worship in the Gurudwara and the Christian community at Pantasaph, as well as organising the Muslims in Britain Conference at UCLan."
- Sana Chari
"Aside from the academic knowledge gained through RCS, the course also did wonders for my self-confidence. As a group we were set a number of presentations and debates to partake in, which seemed quite daunting at the time, but since completing the course I have noticed a huge difference in my ability to interact with people and I am now always the first to stand up and give presentations at work. I am certainly more confident."
- Lucie Herbert
"From day one the RCS course has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences. There were so many opportunities to make the course individual and study the topics that interested me the most which made it all the more enjoyable. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and go above and beyond to support students; my self-confidence soared with the support of the RCS team. The RCS ball at the end of the year is also a highlight, a great opportunity to let your hair down and socialise with the RCS family, I will always remember those nights with a smile."
"The RCS course is certainly challenging! I learned so much about my own faith and even more about the faith and belief systems of others. The lectures know what they are talking about, they really know their stuff. They actively promote and encourage debates, evaluation, reflection and critic. An excellent programme."
- Lee Bradshaw
"My time at university would not have been the same without the RCS team. From the very first lecture they make you feel welcome and comfortable in a new environment. Lectures are fun and interactive, and the learning objectives are always met. The different styles of teaching and examination support and enhance students’ confidence in themselves and builds skills that are necessary outside of university."
- Penny Kinsella
"This course was completely individual, every module was thought provoking and designed to challenge perceptions of society – the discussion and debating really appealed to me. The religion team were so passionate you could see how much they loved teaching."
- Abbie Marie Bartlett