MA, Ecology and Spirituality

MA, PG Dip, PG Cert

Full and part-time blended learning

Selection and Interviews from mid November 2016

Programme Registration Schumacher College, 6 January 2017

Please note: The Application Deadline has now passed. If you wish to enquire if you can apply for the 2017 program, please contact admissions@uwtsd.ac.uk

Background

At this point in human history, many academics, activists, leaders and thinkers are calling for an urgent reconsideration of the cultural narratives and spiritual values that support our very existence on the planet. In an attempt to divert the current trajectory of ‘progress’ and ‘development’ towards a more sustainable and equitable future, this requires objective and critical thinking about our relationship and connection to the natural world, to the people and communities around us and to the very beliefs and values that drive our individual and collective actions.

This programme in Ecology and Spirituality brings together the theological legacy of academic work at University of Wales Trinity Saint David with the ecological and transformative learning developed to postgraduate level by Schumacher College over 25 years. It explores the role of spirituality, religion, philosophy, science and narrative as the underlying 

causes, but also the potential solutions, to the systemic ecological crises in which we find ourselves. From different perspectives this programme will track the roots, thought-lines and stories that have caused our modern-day disconnection from the natural world and from each other – and look at ways in which we might make re-connection, in theory and in practice, for ourselves and for others.

More than simply postgraduate study, this programme is a personal and experiential journey – an opportunity for you to deeply explore your own inner landscape and how it relates to your actions in the outer world. Safely held within the transformational space that Schumacher College has become known for worldwide, you will combine critical thinking and academic rigour with an exploration of your own values, beliefs and personal narratives and how these fit, and find resonance and authenticity with your life and work. This is a chance to look at your own disconnection – its origins, influences and consequences – and in doing so find personal and collective solutions to living in a more sustainable, resilient, connected and beautiful world.

Why Here?

Schumacher College is a place of transformative learning – of ‘reconnecting our disconnect’ from the natural world and from each other. In residential programmes, students become immersed in a rich learning community of international participants and world-class contributors on the beautiful and wild Dartington Hall Estate in Devon. The College’s teaching methods include a range of whole-person learning techniques that are aimed at the personal transformation and development of each individual and the group as a whole.

Lampeter, University of Wales (TSD), founded in 1822, is one of the oldest centres for academic study of theology, philosophy and spirituality in England and Wales. The Ecology and Spirituality postgraduate programme, the first to be developed in partnership with Schumacher College, will bring academic content in philosophy, religion, anthropology and cosmology. Teaching will include residential elements held at Schumacher College and also in distance learning modules delivered online through the University of Wales (TSD) learning platform. The Awarding Body for the Ecology and Spirituality programme is the University of Wales (TSD).

Partnership between these two academic centres allows for a radical and unique postgraduate programme that combines rigorous theoretical investigation with a high degree of experiential work and the opportunity for deepening spiritual practice. The delivery of the programme, with optional modules, residential and online, allows each participant to choose between the degree of taught material and experiential content required. Within this programme there will be an emphasis on how the inner landscape of spirituality relates to the outer world. For those wishing to work toward a full Masters award there will be the requirement to produce a dissertation that demonstrates the intention, action or fieldwork in service of a more sustainable world.

Programme Structure

In order to provide as much variety and access as possible, whilst benefitting from the content and experience of both Schumacher College and University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the programme will blend residential modules taught at Schumacher College, with online options offered by University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

This programme is designed to provide each individual with a transformative learning journey. The residential modules will be delivered as an immersive experience with limited group size, high contact time and group facilitation. The online modules may be studied either alongside residential modules whilst resident at the College, or at a distance, thus allowing participants to study at home or continue in employment.  

The first module, residential at Schumacher College, is core to this programme and must be attended by all participants. Following this, residential or online modules may be chosen to complete the degree.

January
 
Ecology and Spirituality
Core Module - Compulsory
Credits: 20
Delivery: Schumacher College
Location: Schumacher College or Distance
Duration: 4 weeks (3 taught weeks, 1 reading week)
Dates: 6 Jan - 3 Feb
February - May The Ecological Self
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: Schumacher College / UWTSD
Location: Schumacher College or Distance
Duration: 4 weeks (3 taught weeks, 1 reading week)
Dates: 6 Feb - 3 March
Environmental Philosophy
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: UWTSD
Location: Distance
Duration: 12 weeks
Indigeny Today
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: Schumacher College / UWTSD
Location: Schumacher College or Distance
Duration: 4 weeks (3 taught weeks, 1 reading week)
Dates: 6 - 31 March
Religion and the Environment
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: UWTSD
Location: Distance
Duration: 12 weeks
Sacred Activism
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: Schumacher College
Location: Schumacher College or Distance
Duration: 4 weeks
 
June - September Heavenly Discourse
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: UWTSD
Location: Distance
Duration: 12 weeks
Environmental Philosophy
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: UWTSD
Location: Distance
Duration: 12 weeks
Religion and the Environment
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: UWTSD
Location: Distance
Duration: 12 weeks
Cosmology, Magic and Divination
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: UWTSD
Location: Distance
Duration: 12 weeks
October - January Sacred Geography
Optional Module
Credits: 20
Delivery: UWTSD
Location: Distance
Duration: 12 weeks

View the details and aims of all modules in this programme here ›

Modules and their locations (residential or online) are shown below. All modules are worth 20 credits. Residential modules consist of 3 taught and one reading week, online modules are 12 weeks in length.

MA – Core module (20 credits) + 5 optional modules (100 credits in total) + dissertation (60 credits)

PG Dip – Core module (20 credits) + 5 optional modules (100 credits in total)

PG Cert – Core module (20 credits) + 2 optional modules (40 credits)

Fees

  Teaching Fee Food and accommodation
Residential Modules
  • Science and Spirituality
     
  • The Ecological Self
     
  • Indigeny Today
     
  • Sacred Activism
     
  • Mythology

 
4 weeks

£2107 (all participants) £285 per week (7 days)
 
Each residential module has 3 taught weeks and 1 reading week. Please note that you may choose to be non-residential for your reading week
Distance Learning Modules
  • Heavenly Discourses
     
  • Environmental Philosophy
     
  • Religion and the Environment
     
  • Cosmology, Magic, Divination
     
  • Sacred Geography

 
12 weeks

£650 (UK/EU participants)
 
£1000
(international participants)
Non-residential
 
Please note that if you would like to be resident at the College for distance learning modules, the fee for food and accommodation is £285 per week (7 days)
 
Dissertation £1,350 (UK/EU participants)
 
£3,000
(international participants)
 
Non-residential
 
Please note that if you would like to be resident at the College for your dissertation, the fee for food and accommodation is £285 per week (7 days)
 

 

Term Dates

Registration for the complusory core module of this programme, located at The Elmhirst Centre, Schumacher College will be Friday 6 January 2017. The module will run  9 January – 3 February (3 taught weeks and one reading week).

Further residential module options will be continuous after the core module with exact dates to be confirmed.

Entry Criteria

As part of an inclusive approach to learning we encourage students from non-traditional entry points or without recognised educational backgrounds but who have an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant relevant professional experience to apply. In such cases the programme leader may  ask for a telephone/ skype conversation or request evidence in the form of a piece of work, report, analysis of some sort to satisfy themselves that each student is able to fulfil their potential on the course.

Questions?

Enquiries and applications for this programme are administered by University of Wales Trinity Saint David. For more details about the application process or for any other quiries: email Lampeter Admissions Office

To Apply

Application for this programme will be through University of Wales Trinity Saint David. For more details about the application process click here

Please find a downloadable application form here

Please return either a hard copy or electronic version of this application form to:
admissions@uwtsd.ac.uk
Admissions Office, Registry, UWTSD, College Road, Carmarthen, SA31 3EP, UK

Small group learning is a key part of this programme, so places are limited. We recommend making an application early in order to be considered for a place in January 2017.

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