Robinson, C (2016) Making the strange familiar and the familiar strange: fieldwork placements in religious communities. In: BASR Annual Conference, 5 - 7 September 2016, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK.

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Religions, Philosophies and Ethics at Bath Spa University (in various incarnations) has been sending students on week-long placements in religious communities since the 1970s. The continuing commitment, financial, administrative and otherwise to placements has been driven by a recognition of the transformative potential of the experience, certainly academically but often in much broader terms. This paper examines the experiences of a recent cohort of third year students, discussing the opportunities and challenges of the placement in order to identify some common themes and issues. It makes the case that this is one way to engage and enthuse students and also to find out what it is really like to live and work as, or at least with, members of religious communities.

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Presented as part of the panel entitled ‘It doesn’t say that in the book’ - fieldwork in learning and teaching in Religious Studies'.

Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 14:40
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