Tibor Benke (benke@SFU.CA)
Mon, 20 Jun 1994 01:18:10 -0700


I'm forwarding this announcement from PSYCHE-D. I'd love to do it myself,
but maybe someone else out there has the interest as well as the means.

>@> Tibor Benke / (^)%(#)
>@> Graduate Student (MA program)
>@> Department of Sociology and Anthropology
>@> Simon Fraser University,
>@> Burnaby, B.C., Canada. V5A 1S6

>Date: Sun, 19 Jun 1994 23:43:48 +1000
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>Please respond directly to the poster, not to the list. Thanx, Patrick
>From: IN%"" 19-JUN-1994 17:06:42.21
>Some subscribers to this list, or their students, might be interested
>to know about a new MA course starting in the UK this Autumn/Fall. By
>all means forward this item on to other persons or groups who might be
>This course is taught by members of the Theology & Religious
>Studies department, with contributions from teachers in other
>departments. The course is unusual not only in its subject-
>matter but also in its approach, offering as it does an
>experience of study intermediate between the tightly structured
>programme of a conventional taught MA and the completely
>independent mode of study appropriate to a research degree.
>Indeed, some students may find that this course encourages them
>to continue their studies at MPhil or PhD level.
>The theme of mysticism and religious experience, while centred in
>the broad field of religious studies, is one that also receives
>attention in philosophy, psychology, parapsychology,
>anthropology, sociology, classics, history, literature,
>linguistics, medicine, psychiatry and psychoanalytic studies.
>Interested graduate students with good academic qualifications
>and an open, critical approach to the subject are invited to
>apply. Faculty regulations require applicants to submit a sample
>of written work to help the course convenors assess their
>suitability for the course.
>Students may take the course on a full-time basis (in one year)
>or on a part-time basis (over two years). Regrettably no
>scholarships are available; applicants must arrange their own
>sources of funding. From 1995 a version of this course will also
>be available at the Canonbury Academy in North London for part-
>time students unable to travel to the University.
>The MA comprises a double-module core course; two single-module
>supervised-reading courses; a third-term research seminar linked
>with dissertation work; and the dissertation itself. The MA is
>examined on the basis of six essays (two from the core-course and
>two from each of the supervised-reading modules) plus the
>dissertation. All students take the core course during their
>first two terms. Full-time students take one supervised-reading
>module in Term 1, a second in Term 2, and work on the
>dissertation during Term 3. Part-time students take one
>supervised-reading module in Year 1, a second in Year 2, and work
>on the dissertation throughout Year 2.
>M101/M102: Methods & theories in the study of religious
>experience is the core course taken by all students over two
>consecutive terms, comprising in the first term an introduction
>to the textual and methodological basis of the critical study of
>mysticism and religious experience, both historically within
>traditions and comparatively between traditions, and in the
>second term a review of the theoretical and philosophical issues
>as discussed in influential studies of the subject. The core
>course is currently timetabled for Thursday afternoons, 2-4 p.m.
>Each student selects two of the following supervised-reading
>M201: Theravada Buddhist meditation in comparative perspective
>M202: The Hindu quest for the self (selected texts)
>M203: Prophetic and visionary experience in Biblical tradition
>M204: Issues in the study of Kabbalah
>M205: Beyond birth and death: Tibetan Buddhism on the nature of
> mind
>M206: Plotinus and the western mystical tradition
>M207: Meister Eckhart and Christian mysticism (selected texts)
>M208: Varieties of transcendental experience in modern culture
>M209: Interpreting Near-death and out-of-the-body experiences
>M210: Analytical psychology and eastern mysticism: Jung, Hillman
> and Wilber
>M211: The 'Argument from Religious Experience' in philosophy of
> religion
>M212: The idea of the sublime in British and German literature
>M301: The third-term research seminar
>The research seminar preserves formal contact with students
>during the term in which they are working on their dissertations.
>Building on the coursework and reading of the first two terms,
>the seminar encourages students to discuss issues and problems
>arising in their dissertation work.
>M401: The dissertation on an approved topic
>In consultation with the course convenors, students select a
>suitable dissertation topic, developing the skills and ideas
>that have emerged out of their coursework, supervised reading and
>essay writing. The completed dissertation, 12-15,000 words in
>length, is submitted at the end of the course. Dissertation work
>may be practical projects as well as text-based studies. A list
>of suggested dissertation topics is available on request.
>For further information, or to arrange a visit, contact:
>Dr Peter Moore, Darwin College, The University of Kent,
>Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NY, U.K.
>tel: (0227) 764000, ext 3675
>fax: (0227) 475470
>Requests for application forms should be addressed to:
>The Graduate Office, The Registry, The University, Canterbury,
>Kent CT2 7NZ, U.K.
>tel: (0227) 764000
>fax: (0227) 452196