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Theology and Religious Studies - Course Outline

Part First

Year First

In the part first, students may study five subjects designed to provide students a wide introduction to the fundamental concepts, skills and knowledge required in the main areas of study. There are two compulsory subjects including:

One scriptural language (New Testament Greek, Hebrew, Qur'anic, Arabic or Sanskrit) Either the New Testament or Old Testament (but students can take the other instead of one of the choices mentioned below) Plus three other subjects from a choice of five:

  • Who is Jesus Christ? This introduces some of the main themes of Christian theology with special emphasis upon Jesus Christ
  • Christianity and the Transformation of Culture that considers major periods and issues in the expansion and establishment of Christianity and its relation with non- Christian cultures
  • Understanding modern Religion that offers an introduction to the conceptualization and explanation of religion applying classic theories of religion from psychology, sociology and anthropology
  • Philosophy of Ethics and Religion wherein questions such as arguments for the existence of God, the nature of metaphysics and the objectivity of morals are debated
  • World Religions in comparative perspective that move towards traditions such as Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism laying emphasis upon the problems of comparing religions with the special focus upon ritual and law

Part Second 'A'

Year Second

In the second year, students get opportunities to build up the knowledge and enhance skills they have obtained in the part first. A broad choice of options is available where students find their interests. Students may select a total of four papers out of sixteen.

  • Students may desire to continue to study any of the four languages at a higher level or they may drop the study of languages at this phase
  • Students may choose other courses from the following subject areas that are studied in the faculty:
    • Doctrine
    • New Testament
    • Old Testament
    • Languages and Texts
    • Church History
    • World Religions
    • The Study of Religion
    • Philosophy of Religion

Part Second 'B'

Year Second 'B'

In the final year, students may choose four from a broad range of papers which comprises advanced papers in each of the eight subject areas mentioned above and special subjects and interdisciplinary papers such as Imagination, world Christianity and Christian and Jewish responses to the Holocaust.

Students may choose a dissertation of approximately ten thousand words in their third year in place of one paper. The evaluation is mainly by three-hour written exams; however, some papers are evaluated based upon two coursework essays. The syllabus for this course is well structured and incorporated various major issues. Upon completing the course, students get complete understanding of theology and various religions.

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