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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

THEO3880 The Religious Mapping of Leeds

40 creditsClass Size: 12

Module manager: Dr Mel Prideaux

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications


This module is mutually exclusive with

PRHS3000Independent Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or Hist
PRHS3001Integrated Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or Histo
PRHS3700External Placement: Beyond the University

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Students will work as a group to research religion in a neighbourhood, or a theme in relation to religion, in Leeds. Each student will identify a discrete topic within the broader research to develop into an independent report. Students will work together to provide a Directory of key contacts, locations and information about their neighbourhood or themes, and to deliver a public presentation of key findings.The completed set of reports will be combined into a collection (edited as appropriate) which will appear on the Community Religions Project website:


This Independent Final Year Project combines elements of group and individual research and outputs.
The module will enable students to develop their skills with regard to the independent accumulation, organisation, presentation and critical analysis of information, through an evolving project designed to provide a religious map of Leeds, developed by TRS in partnership with local community agencies.
The module will support students to
• develop their skills in accumulating and collating data from a variety of local and academic sources
• develop skills in religious mapping and fieldwork
• develop their analytical skills through evaluating the relationship between religious and other social, political, educational, and economic issues in the area under investigation
• improve their ability to work as a team to conduct fieldwork and deliver a presentation to a public audience, and to make their work publicly accessible via the Community Religions Project website
• improve their social and communication skills through the development of local contacts, through working in partnership with local people, and through presenting their findings at a public meeting

Learning outcomes
Students completing this module will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a coherent and detailed subject knowledge concerning religion in British public life, informed by evaluation, analysis and critical scrutiny of recent research/scholarship in the discipline
2. Demonstrate an ability to independently identify, evaluate and analyse complex problems in the literature and in the fieldwork data in order to develop and sustain an argument
3. Use a variety of fieldwork techniques based on a coherent methodological approach
4. Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively, using oral presentation,
academic writing (the report), and writing for the public (the directory

Skills outcomes
Students will have had the opportunity to acquire:
- self-discipline, self-direction, attention to detail and independence of mind alongside listening, reasoned empathetic evaluatory, critical evaluatory and decision-making skills;
- the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment in a plural society related to the area(s) studied (ie Communication, Group Work, Problem Solving, IT, evaluation of different sorts of evidence and the construction of argument, writing skills, including accurate referencing and clarity of expression);
- the skills necessary for the exercising of initiative and personal responsibility in a range of professional and personal situations (ie Learning to Learn, Self-management, Time-management, Self-sufficiency, interactions with others);
- skills in the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;
- the ability to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature or postgraduate study.


Week 1: 3 hour-introduction to the area orTheme being mapped and the expectations of the mapping project

Week 2: 3 hour fieldwork training

Week 3: 2 hour group work and project management training

Module leader will attend project meetings in a supervisory role as appropriate

Each student will have two half hour tutorials on their individual project chapter in the first half of semester one

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning0100.00100.00
Private study hours191.00
Total Contact hours209.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Students have 9 hours of structured contact time and can see the module leader as often as necessary during office hours
The module leader will also observe as many group meetings as possible in order to ensure safe and smooth running of the project
Students will spend approximately 100 hours each on fieldwork and fieldwork related tasks (including shared data gathering on the area being studied)
Approximately 100 hours will be spent in group learning which will consists of group meetings, group preparation of the final community report, and group preparation and delivery of the final community presentation
Approximately 191 hours per student will be spent on writing of the individual research report, on a topic agreed by the group

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

After the initial training each student will have two half hour supervisions on their individual reports where the module leader will be able to assess and comment on progress. The module leader will also attend group meetings as appropriate to monitor group and individual progress. Students will be able to submit drafts of their individual reports for detailed feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation6000 word individual report70.00
Group Project1000 word group report with directory15.00
PresentationGroup presentation to local community15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits: Resit of the report is be submission of a new report with a different title (though the same fieldwork data can be used) It is not expected that individual students will require resit opportunities for the group tasks. However, if an individual student does not engage with the assessed group task then the following resit activities will apply: • Resit for either the community report or the presentation (so, if only one resit is required) will be a 2000 word account of the local impact of the Religious Mapping Project submitted. • If both group tasks require a resit (so, if two resits are required) then a further 2000 word account of the local impact of the Community Religions Project will be submitted.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 25/03/2019


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