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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM251: Esotericism and the Magical Tradition

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Christine Robins (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Esotericism and the Magical Tradition is a team-taught module, where you will explore topics related to the history of magic, occult, and esoteric literatures and traditions using an interdisciplinary approach by studying many different cultures and languages all in dialogue with one another.You will have the opportunity to learn with a range of scholars from different fields using a variety of methodologies and hailing from a number of departments, which may include anthropology, archaeology, classics, drama, film studies, English, Islamic Studies, modern languages, history, art history, history of science, sociology, and theology. It is designed for graduates who have no prior knowledge of the subject area, as well as for those graduates who would like to deepen their existing knowledge on the topic. The subject knowledge skills as well as personal and key skills are developed via readings, lectures, class discussion, group work, essays, and student presentations.

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