No qualifications are required, but familiarity with Arabic and Persian Islamic terminology is recommended, as well as a good knowledge of English.
At the moment, Online Shia Studies courses are not accredited and cannot be used to apply to other colleges and universities; however, a certificate of completion will be issued on the completion of an optional essay.
Online Shia Studies welcomes applicants from all religious and cultural backgrounds.
Online Shia Studies cannot refund courses once they have been booked, except where you have not taken any class at all.
Online Shia Studies offers quality courses for people who wish to study in a flexible way without having to commit themselves to a full academic programme, such as a Bachelor’s Degree. You can study from anywhere in the world. Courses are interactive and critical discussion is welcome. You will also get guidance on how to produce an essay that meets top academic standards, which can prepare you for further study.
Online Shia Studies utilises a variety of on-line systems, such as Skype and WiziQ, which enables the tutor to interact live with students logging on from any part of the world. You will need to read the course pack material in preparation for each on-line class. Classes consist of a forty-five minute lecture, followed by forty-five minutes for discussion.
Courses are eight weeks long, and consist of one session per week.
Sessions are for one-and-a-half hours: forty-five minutes for the lecture and forty-five minutes for discussion and questions. The timing of the sessions is fixed and you will need to be able to log on at that time. Session times can be changed to ensure convenience for all candidates.
Online Shia Studies offers several short courses: Early Shīʿī History; Tenets of Tashayyu’ (Shi‘ism); Esoteric Knowledge in Tashayyu’; Shīʿī Trends in African History and Comparative Literature. For more information, please click on the ‘Courses’ tab in the Menu Bar.
There is no examination at the end of the course, but there is an optional essay, which is marked and given feedback by the tutor. The length of the essay is recommended to be 1,500 words.
Online Shia Studies courses are most suited for applicants aged sixteen and over.
Courses are £150/$250.00. After choosing a course, you can pay on-line through Paypal. Once the course is booked, you will be sent a pack of selected texts in pdf format and a syllabus from which you will be studying along with the tutor.