Dr Mel Prideaux discusses the approaches used in teaching Religious Studies at the University of Leeds. In particular she introduces the significance of local studies of religion which provide an important resource for learning and teaching at undergraduate level.
The Community Religions Project has had a significant influence in the development of undergraduate teaching in Religious Studies at the University of Leeds. Our undergraduates undertake independent fieldwork and contribute to knowledge and understanding about religion in locality. To see example outputs from these modules please visit the Religion in Leeds section.
Students involved in fieldwork through CRP modules receive an extensive skills training which includes a particular focus on ethics and responsibility. In the video below, two students from the CRP discuss their experience of fieldwork, and the advice they would give others starting fieldwork.
In a 2016 article in Teaching Theology and Religion, Dr Mel Prideaux discusses some of the key ethical issues in the type of locality study which undergraduates participate in through the Community Religions Project.
Those involved in the teaching of undergraduate modules will be interested in the module design and the supporting materials. Please select below for further information:
- Level One Religion in Modern Britain – Module handbook
- Level Three Religious Mapping of Leeds – Module handbook
- Fieldwork guidance for students
The material gathered here will be of value to anyone teaching courses involving a fieldwork or local studies component.
Taught postgraduate (MA) courses in religious studies at the University of Leeds often involve a fieldwork component. The Research Processes and Methods module provides all taught postgraduate students with an insight into various features of fieldwork, and support in conducting their own small scale study. The module handbook will provide an insight into how this module is run.