Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved
College College Arts and Law
School Phil, Theology and Religion
Department Theology and Religion
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. Fundamental Catholic Theology Full-time
Programme Code 6742
Delivery Location Validated
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme The Bachelor of Arts in Fundamental Catholic Theology (BAFCT) is a three year honours degree awarded throught a validation arrangement with the University of Birmingham to students at St. Mary's College Oscott, who successfully complete the first three years of the Oscott Preistly Formation Programme. The BAFCT which meets the curriculum requirements of the Congregatio de Institutione Cathllica for seminary formation, offers a comprehensive introduction to the study of catholic theology in its creative relationship with contemporary culture. It combines a strong foundation in philosophy, particulary philosophy in the tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas, with a comprehensive range of the basic elements required to studying Catholic theology, including an introduction to the Old and New Testaments, Church history, liturgy moral, dogmatic, systematic and pastoral theology. Whilst the programme focuses explicitly on the Catholic tradition and how it relates to the ecumenical, interreligious and secular context of contemporary culture, it aspires at the same time to help students develop a personal understanding and critical appropriation of that tradition, together with a profound respect for, and sympathy towards other viewpoints. Besides traning in basic study, research and IT skills, students will also be helped to acquired the different methodologies required for the various disciplines within Catholic theology and philosophy, and how effectively to communicate their knowledge and understanding, especially in written and oral form. As part of the Oscott Priestly Formation Programme, the BAFCT is designed to assist students in the first part of their seminary career to acquire a general intellectual foundation that will help them discern their vocation and thus enable them to progress in later years to further studies that will focus more explicitly on their ministerial formation.
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 metaphysics and philosophy of St. Thomas Aquines.
The broad outlines of western philosophical thought in relation to Christian theology.
How the Christian scriptures developed, their content and use within the Catholic Church.
The key elements of Christian history.
The basic doctrinal tenets of the Catholic Church and the framework of Catholic moral teaching.
The practical, pastoral application of theology in ministry.
Lectures, class discussions, guided reading, seminars, presentations, worksheets, independent research and learning, field work with theological reflection, one to one tutorial supervision.
Written assignments and essays, written examinations, oral examinations, seminar presentations, pass/fail placement and field work reports.
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:
At Level C: an introductory knowledge of the subjects studied as a basis for further study.
enabling at Level I: a deeper understanding of the theological enterprise as a whole.
Leading at Level H to: a greater awareness of the inter connections between subjects studies at Levels C to H and of their significance within Christian Life.
Lectures, class discussions, guided reading, seminars, presentations, worksheets, independent research and learning, field work with theological reflection, one to one tutorial supervision.
Written assignments and essays, written examinations, oral examinations, seminar presentations, pass/fail placement and field work reports.