Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 15/11/2020
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 with Year Abroad Full-time
Programme Code 713B
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme The programme aims to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of key areas in philosophy, ethics and religious/theological studies. It seeks to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for critical issues and to foster within them good argumentative skills, critical and reflective thinking, and a familiarity and facility with a range of academic methods. Finally, it aims to provide students with the opportunity to engage with the range of expertise and internationally recognized research undertaken within the School.

In this way, the programme will enrich the lives of students who take it, and will to 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 programme’s contents will be employed in a wide range of occupations.

Stage I is designed to offer students a broad foundation for the academic study of philosophy, religion and ethics. At this stage there are mainly compulsory modules in which broad themes and issues in philosophy, religion and ethics are introduced. Methodology is emphasized in all of these modules, and also in special additional training sessions during the first semester.

Stage II: the compulsory part of the programme seeks to address issues and questions that occur at the ‘borderlands’ between Philosophy and Theology/Religion. There is a focus on: ‘paradigms of belief’: the different structures, worldviews and systems that inform and direct human life and activity in its global variety. Additionally, there is a range of optional modules - divided into philosophical/ethical and religious/theological streams - so that students can develop their own interests and specializations. Towards the end of the stage, students may elect to begin work on the Level H module, Philosophical Project with Stage 2 Prologue – and through a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops connected to this, they will further consolidate their analytical, presentational and team working skills. Students on the programme who intend to take the 40 credit Theology & Religion dissertation (also recommended for the 20 credit dissertation) at Stage III are normally required to take the module LI Dissertation Preparation, offered for 20 credits at Stage II.

Stage III The core elements of this stage allow students to specialise and engage in their own independent study by choosing a dissertation/project module from either Theology and Religion (40 or 20 credit dissertation, or 40 credit Placement-Based Dissertation) or Philosophy (40 or 20 credit Philosophical Project with Stage 2 Prologue; NB: if taking the 40 credit Philosophical Project, a student must be taking 80 credits overall in Philosophy at Stage III). This stage also permits students greater optional choices, which allows them to focus their interests.

This route offers students the additional educational benefit of a year of study in an approved overseas University. During the year abroad, students continue to develop and consolidate their knowledge and skills. In particular (and depending on where they go) this part of the programme is likely to expose them to different areas of expertise, contexts and approaches that will complement those they encounter in Birmingham, and this exposure should help them to develop a more balanced, multi-faceted appreciation of the subject.
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:
Central theories and arguments in some of the main areas of philosophy (e.g. metaphysics, epistemology, ethics), especially the philosophy of religion.
A range of approaches to the study of religion which may include philosophical, theological, sociological, anthropological methods of analysis and the critical evaluation of texts.
Some theories and arguments that are the subject of current research in contemporary (mainly analytical) philosophy and ethics.
A range of key issues and controversies within the study of religion and theology, and the varieties of religious expressions in the contemporary world.
The diversity of perspectives on the human predicament and the meaning and goal of life
Lectures, seminar discussions, close, active reading of texts, critical thinking, the design and construction of essays and other assessments. Lectures, class discussion in seminars and lectures, independent study.
Examinations, essays, and other coursework assignments, group and plenary discussions
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 and present this effectively in written and/or oral form
The ability to work independently, including devising and researching a piece of writing in philosophy, religion/theology or ethics.
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 study relevant topics at an international institution and appreciate the difference between study in the UK and overseas.
Lectures, class discussion in seminars and lectures, independent study.
Examinations, essays, and other coursework assignments, group and plenary discussions; Assessed essay and dissertation writing as result of student-led, enquiry-based learning; Formative and summative assessments completed as part of the Year Abroad