Amish History and Culture
International Association for Distance Learning.
Course approved by Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy for professional development purposes
recommended period of study: approx.
months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£215.00 (215 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
One FREE textbook will be included for students from the UK. Students
outside the UK will need to buy the textbook separately. No other books
Method of study
Textbook study. Written assignments are based on
the set textbook. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
Interest in the Amish communities of North America
has been generated through movies, documentaries, tourism and literature.
Do the media portray Amish life accurately? What do the Amish believe and
how is it different from other forms of Christianity? Where did they come
from, how did their sect begin and what made them emigrate to America? Is
their simple and rural lifestyle really idyllic? What are their core
values? Can anyone become Amish and would they want to? Do the Amish
suffer from any of the problems common in mainstream society? How do they relate
to mainstream education, medicine and social structures and to Mennonite and
other Christian churches? Why don't they like being photographed?
The course will inform you in depth about Amish
origins, life and beliefs and you will learn a great deal about this fascinating
group of communities.
(this syllabus is subject to
Understanding Amish society
Origins of Amish culture
Emigration to America
Principles of Amish beliefs and society
Agricultural life and the family
Child rearing and life transitions
Ritual, customs and symbolism
Relationship to American society and
Change and diversity amongst the Amish
Physical and mental illness amongst the
Insights into Amish life
Can the Amish survive?
A university-level textbook is required as the
main book for the course. Further reading is optional though comprehensive
reading lists are given, enabling you to pursue further studies at your leisure.
A list of selected Internet sites will be provided for further research.
criteria and suitability
No particular qualifications are required for
entry but the ability to study from
university-level textbooks is required.
The course is
offered to any person interested in sociology,
social studies, ethnography, American history
and culture, comparative religion, history of
Christianity, Anabaptist studies, diversity studies and the study of
closed communities. The course would also be an
ideal preparation for a tour of Pennsylvania,
Ohio or Indiana.
Applicants from the US and Canada are welcome -
like all our courses, this one is available to
overseas students. We accept PayPal which will
make paying for your course simple.
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in
Amish History and Culture awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
The course is approved by Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy for professional
development purposes (studies of diversity and mental health issues in different
cultures are an important component of professional development)
If you are in a location where the designation
"Certificate" is preferable to "Diploma", the wording of your qualification can
be changed accordingly.
This diploma is accepted by
Calamus International University (a
non-UK, private distance university with private accreditation) for credit towards
Please see our FAQs page for general information.
We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
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now, go to our Application page
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