Teaching and assessment
The MA Western Esotericism is delivered via “flexible and distributed” learning which does not involve regular attendance in person at seminars. You will receive all your study resources comprising the module guides, bibliographies and associated readings on-line via the Exeter Learning Environment.
There will also be an opportunity to attend three sessions at the University (each over two days) across the year, but these are not compulsory. All lectures with audiorecordings and PowerPoint presentations from the sessions are also made available on-line. The first of these sessions will include induction material on library, study methods and assessment criteria, while the second and third session will allow students to meet individually with tutors to discuss their assessed work. These study-day sessions supplement the core teaching material, while e-mail and telephone contact is available to support the modules (including the core modules), providing flexible opportunity to explore course concepts, seek clarification, share resources and debate the issues met in the programme. The dissertation is supported by regular formal supervision contact, whether face-to-face or via telephone and email.
The main assessment methods used in this MA are a dissertation of 20,000 words, a number of extended essays (4,000 words), and a bibliographic diary. There are no formal examinations.
Exeter Centre for the Study of Esotericism
Students on the programme benefit from advanced research carried out by the Centre into historical and comparative aspects of esoteric traditions. The Centre's specialist staff is supplemented by expertise drawn from the departments of History, Theology and Religion, Classics and Ancient History, Sociology and Philosophy, English and Modern Languages. Visit the Exeter Centre for the Study of Esotericism website for more information.