Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 23/06/2015
College College Arts and Law
School Phil, Theology and Religion
Department Theology and Religion
Partner College and School Philosophy
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. Philosophy, Religion and Ethics Full-time
Programme Code 1581
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme The programmes aim to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of central areas of philosophy, its methods and history. It aims to engage their interest in and enthusiasm for issues of philosophy and to foster within them the skills distinctive of good philosophy in particular, the abilities to:
  • analyse abstract claims and arguments accurately,
  • present their own views verbally and in writing, clearly and with supporting argument
  • collaborate with others in the course of such analyses and presentations
The programmes aim to provide students with the opportunity to engage with the range of expertise and internationally recognized research undertaken in the Dept. of Philosophy. Through these various aims and provisions, the programmes will enrich the lives of students who take them, and will provide society with the resource of graduates who can think and express their thoughts in a clear and logical manner. Graduates equipped with these transferable skills as well as with the knowledge of the subject’s contents will be employed in a wide range of occupations.

To provide students with a framework to think critically about theology and religion via a combination of core and optional modules. No prior knowledge of Theology is required for admission to the programme. Stage I is therefore designed to offer students a broad foundation for the academic study of Theology, and of religion more generally. It therefore primarily consists of one core module, Introduction to the Study of Religion, plus 40 credits of optional modules in Theology and Religion.

At Stage II and III the programme seeks to provide a flexible framework by offering a range of diverse options whereby students can develop their own interests, whether this be, for example, in religion and popular culture, issues of race, gender and sexuality in religious and theological perspective, scriptural languages and study of sacred texts, further Hindu, Jewish, or Islamic studies, philosophical and modern theology, or interfaith studies. JH Students will be required to engage in an extended piece of individual research in a particular area of Theology and Religion (the dissertation) in their final year (unless they are registered for a minimum of 20 credits of independent study in the other half of their programme), or they may prefer to develop their expertise in particular aspects of Theology and Religion by focusing exclusively on optional modules in Stage II and Stage III. To enable students to deepen their critical understanding of both classical and contemporary expressions of Christianity, and Islamic, Jewish, Hindu and Sikh identity, with a focus on lived experience and the encounter between different faiths. Some modules focus on religious experience and identity in the UK and continental Europe. Others feature a global dimension. To provide opportunities to study relevant languages (such as Biblical Hebrew, Greek and Arabic), to debate philosophical issues and explore some ways in which religious themes, ideas, symbols and organisations can be understood in the context of contemporary religious and secular cultures. To offer students opportunities to engage with the latest thinking in the subject by drawing upon the range of internationally recognized research undertaken within the department. To provide students with a range of methodological tools that will equip them for the study of the many different facets of theology and religion. Such tools may include skills of translation and exegesis, the ability to apply sociological, anthropological and archaeological methods of enquiry, analytical skills in reading a range of cultural 'texts' whether these be monuments, films, web presentations etc., critical skills in reading and writing history, skills in identifying issues of race, class, gender and sexuality within religious discourse, and so forth. To promote effective communicatio
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The historical contexts that generated scriptural texts and the continued influence, use and interpretation of those texts in various past and present communities.
A range of approaches to the study of religion which may include sociological, anthropological and socio-political methods of analysis, exegetical skills, and contemporary hermeneutic approaches.
The history, sacred texts, major features and current community manifestations of at least one religious tradition.
Critical methods of studying texts, religious practices and beliefs.
Some of the major issues and controversies relating to Christian theology and the ways in which theologians and communities have responded to these issues in different periods and social and geographical settings.
Awareness of the range of issues confronting Theology, and the varieties of religious expression in the contemporary world with a particular emphasis on the British context.
The texts, theories and arguments of some of the major analytical philosophers, both past and present.
Some central theories and arguments in some of the core areas of analytical philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and moral and political philosophy.
Some theories and arguments that are the subject of current research in contemporary analytical philosophy
A range of techniques of philosophical reasoning, and how those techniques are brought to bear on philosophical theories and problems.
Basic logical notation and proof procedures, and of the most important ways in which those techniques inform analytic philosophy in general.
Lectures, class discussion and/or presentations in seminars and lectures, independent study, placement and participant observation.
Lectures, tutorials, seminars discussion, independent study, close crucial reading of texts, the design and construction of essays and other assessments
Examinations, essays, portfolio (the latter only applies if certain modules are taken)
Exams, essays, coursework exercises, project work
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The ability to construct a critical argument, deploying relevant evidence and contextual considerations, and present this effectively.
The ability to reflect critically on a range of different kinds of text, primarily those in written form but in some cases those in other media including films, visual arts, performance and monuments.
The ability to plan and carry out an extended piece of individual research that demonstrates the ability to accumulate, organise, synthesise and critically analyse a range of primary and secondary sources (Model A). This may involve detailed library or archival work or research based on social surveys and participant observation among other techniques.
The ability to present information effectively in oral form.
The capacity to be competent and effective users of IT resources for research purposes, word processing. Students will also be able to use IT communication tools effectively.
The ability to organise a personal programme of study in order to attend programme meetings/tutorials and classes regularly and in order to complete assignments, projects, exams, and the dissertation within specified time limits and in a clear and organised manner. Ability to evaluate critically their own academic performance.
To interpret philosophical writing from a variety of ages and traditions
To analyse positions and arguments
To present cogent arguments in defence of their views, verbally and in writing
To understand and use a range of specialised philosophical terminology
To display independent understanding of philosophical views and arguments, and to work independently - including devising and researching pieces of philosophical writing of various lengths – and in groups
To communicate, and organise their studies, effectively
The capacity to be competent and effective users of IT resources for research purposes, word processing. Students will also be able to use IT communication tools effectively
Lectures, small group work and/or seminars, individual tutorials, feedback on formative and summative work, dissertation preparation, individual research supervisions and Training sessions in the use of Canvas, electronic databases and the internet, Guidance on effective individual and group presentations
Lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshop discussions (including, at Stage 1 and 2, sessions with explicitly methodological contents and sessions involving individual and group presentations), independent study, close reading of texts, the design and construction of essays and other assessments.
Research essays, written examinations, research proposal and literature review, individual or group presentations for certain modules
Exams, essays, coursework exercises, project work (and as part of several modules, group presentations).

Word-processed assessments; evidence of appropriate use of web resources.