Intensive engagement with sacred texts along with a focus on spiritual values provides a studying experience that combines the traditional with the contemporary.
As part of a new portfolio of theological courses, this Level 6 programme offers flexible provision and an innovative focus. Incorporating face-to-face teaching and web-based activities, the course is characterised by mixed modes of delivery.
You will explore together, and with nationally and internationally renowned theologians, ways of reading Biblical and other sacred texts, in order to explore the relationship between theological perspectives and spiritual values. Combining theory and practice, this course is designed to provide opportunities to promote conversation between Biblical Studies, Theology and the values, situations and concerns which underpin that interest.
The core modules, all with an overarching focus on human flourishing, will provide material which specifically addresses the interpretation of both the Old and New Testaments, through close reading of texts. In addition, you will study the history of theological engagement alongside social and environmental issues.
The course is designed to suit the scholar, the practitioner or the individual with an abiding personal interest in exploring the history, interpretation and impact of theology on the human spirit. In addition, you will develop a range of skills and approaches that will be relevant in the working world, whether in teaching, ministry or a wide range of public sector careers. The course will also prepare you for postgraduate study.
- The New Testament and Spirituality module explores what the New Testament contributes to the idea of human flourishing. It examines important themes related to this topic by close attention to texts drawn from the Gospels, Paul's Letters, Hebrews and the Apocalypse
- Theology and Human Flourishing module: through the critical reading of primary and secondary resources, you will examine how happiness is understood in the Christian tradition as a way of life grounded in Scripture and faith; where the reality of God as revealed in Christ is seen as the ultimate context for human flourishing
- Love, Sex and Death module will allow you to consider the philosophical issues and implications of a range of ways of understanding human desires. A range of perspectives on finitude and mortality will also be assessed
- flexible, mixed-mode approaches to study
- taught by academics of national and international reputation
- engagement with the contemporary world and issues of profound importance
- Public Sector and Charity Careers
How will the course be assessed?
A combination of written assignments, presentations and online activities.
- you will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent
- international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent
Part-time over two years / mixed modes of delivery
Francis Close Hall
Enquiries and applications
Guidance and Recruitment Office
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Gloucestershire GL50 2RH
Tel: 01242 714500
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