The four taught modules, comprising seminars, Learning Journal groups and workshops take place at alternate weekends, in term time, from October to July, with two supervised research modules in the second half of the year. Weekends will include an open lecture by a visiting speaker. Full-time students will also attend one extra morning per week.
The four taught modules will address the following topics:
Theories and Methods
- Methodological and holistic approaches
- The nature of mythopoeic thought: symbol and metaphor
- Ways of knowing from reason to revelation
- The sacred in post-Enlightenment discourse
Symbol and Imagination
- What is imagination?
- Platonic and Hermetic perspectives on the soul
- Renaissance art and theurgic magic
- Jung, Corbin and Hillman on active imagination
Oracular and Divinatory Traditions
- Divination in the ancient world
- Classical and Medieval cosmology
- The Pagan/Christian debate
- Contemporary divinatory practices
Spirit and Psyche
- What is a deity?
- Mystery rituals in the ancient world
- The return to the gods in transpersonal psychology
- Subliminal mind and the unconscious
About the tutors
Angela Voss PhD is Programme Director for the MA. She taught and directed undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination at the University of Kent from 2004-2010. Her teaching and research interests centre on the role of the creative imagination in esoteric traditions, symbolic interpretation and the spiritual dimension of music.
Geoffrey Cornelius PhD taught on the MA in the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination at the University of Kent, specialising in the hermeneutics and philosophy of divination. He has been actively involved in adult education for over thirty years and teaches on the School’s CAE programme.
Wilma Fraser PhD is the Faculty Director of Community and Adult Education, and Director of the Community Arts and Education programme. Her doctoral research concerns the potential for wisdom in adult teaching and learning spaces.
Other guest lecturers and creative workshop leaders who contribute to the programme throughout the year include Victoria Field, Maggie Hyde, James Frost, Dr Simon Wilson, Sonia McNally and Dr Marguerite Rigoglioso.