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Teaching Cultural Astronomy: On the Development and Evolution of the Syllabus at Bath Spa University and the University of Wales, Lampeter

  • Nick Campion
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Abstract

TheMaster of Arts in CulturalAstronomy andAstrology at the University of Wales, Lampeter, formerly taught at Bath Spa University in England, is the first degree of its kind in the world. (I shall refer to the discipline as Cultural Astronomy, with initial letters as upper case, and the phenomena which it studies as cultural astronomy, all lower case). My definition combines both the discipline and the phenomenon; ’Cultural astronomy: the use of astronomical knowledge, beliefs or theories to inspire, inform or influence social forms and ideologies, or any aspect of human behaviour. Cultural astronomy also includes the modern disciplines of ethnoastronomy and archaeoastronomy’ (Campion 1997: 2).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nick Campion
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  1. 1.Director of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, and Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and AnthropologyUniversity of WalesLampeterUK

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