Student Work

Student Work

In this section of the website you will find examples of individual projects produced by second year undergraduate students at Bath Spa University, following one-week placements in religious communities or centres. These have been chosen to illustrate the variety of responses to the experience, and are made available with the kind permission of the students and communities concerned.

Article 1:

To what extent has the notion of charity been compromised in the social mission of the Salvation Army by the objective of religious conversion?

Essay by Stuart Hillman, 2011.

Stuart Hillman explores the relationship between the social activism of the Salvation Army and its commitment to spreading the Gospel, based on his placement with the Salvation Army in Bedfordshire.

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Article 2:

How does Bath Abbey maintain a functional relationship between work, tourism and worship?

By Abigail Angus, 2010.

Abigail Angus investigates the many different roles of Bath Abbey, an Anglican place of worship in a in a World Heritage City.

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Article 3:

Does the authoritative role of scripture in Sikhism support growth within the tradition

By Fran Hillier, 2010.

Fran Hillier examines how the Guru Granth Sahib features in Sikh life and worship, concluding that the scripture as Guru enables the tradition to flourish.

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Article 4:

Gateway to Godhead:What is the significance and Status of A. C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada for Devotees at Bhaktivedanta Manor?

Report by Catherine Naughtie, 2010.

Catherine Naughtie discusses the role of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami in the lives of devotees of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, drawing upon her fieldwork at Bhaktivedanta Manor. The report addresses important questions such as in what sense a guru is ‘worshipped’ and whether the different categories used (or same categories used differently) by ‘outsiders’ and ‘insiders’ lead to misunderstandings when attempting to interpret religious communities.

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Article 5:

Mindfulness and Meditation: How significant are ordinary daily activities to daily life at Amaravati?

Report by Lindsay Horler, 2010.

Catherine Naughtie discusses the role of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami in the lives of devotees of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, drawing upon her fieldwork at Bhaktivedanta Manor. The report addresses important questions such as in what sense a guru is ‘worshipped’ and whether the different categories used (or same categories used differently) by ‘outsiders’ and ‘insiders’ lead to misunderstandings when attempting to interpret religious communities.

Download  All rights reserved. Copyright ©Lindsay Horler, 2010.