Quaker Studies modules


Within this programme you are required to complete 180 credits in total;

Research Methods (20 credits)

This module is run by CPQS for Quaker Studies and other Theology and Religion students.  It prepares students to plan and execute a research design appropriate to their topic and discipline, to understand debates within the field of research methodology, and to engage in critical reflection on the methods used.  Topics include: The Nature of Quaker Studies; Framing a Research Proposal; The Use of Evidence and Referencing; Archival Research and Sources; Insider/Outsider Research; Participant Observation; Survey Design; Reflexivity and Interviewing; Data Management and Writing Research.  Assessment is by a 4000 word research proposal. This course is taught by Ben Pink Dandelion, Rosemary Moore, Edwina Newman and Pam Lunn.

The History of Quaker Theology (20 credits)

The course charts the changing nature of Quaker theology across three centuries and five continents/ six traditions.  The focus is on the history and content of different theological positions, their identification and location within the wider religious and historical picture.  The conceptualisation of British Quakerism into seven distinct theological periods is used as a basis to explore additionally how most of the thinking of these stages remains normative for one group or another of Friends worldwide today.  The teaching focuses on the theology of these groups rather than on noteworthy lives of Quakers.  The way in which different theologies have different consequences for relationships between Quakers and ‘the world’ is also explored.  Seminar work includes the opportunity to take key theological concepts such as authority, salvation, perfection, eschatology, and to look at them within a single period, or across time and traditions.  This course is taught by Ben Pink Dandelion.

Issues in Contemporary Quakerism (20 credits)

The course evaluates and analyses issues in contemporary Quakerism.  There is a particular focus on how the patterns of believing and belonging within the Liberal Quaker tradition differs from sociological analysis of more mainstream Christian groups.  Relationships between different Quaker traditions are explored within a framework of wider cultural and theological difference.  In seminars, students focus on one or more of a wide range of issues as a case study to contrast present-day Quakerism with the wider religious world.  Topics include priesthood, ‘the hedge’, formal membership, outward sacraments, the place of language, and Quaker belief today.  There is an introduction to the challenges of conducting research within a separated and partially-closed group, to complement research methodology courses.  This course is taught by Ben Pink Dandelion.

Finally, you complete a 20,000 word thesis on a topic of your choice in consultation with your supervisor which makes up the remaining 120 credits.