Why study at Roehampton
- 99% of students are satisfied with the course (The Guardian League Table 2014).
- Particularly suited for those interested in a degree covering the four main religious traditions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism) and theological arguments for the existence and nature of God.
- A targeted curriculum for those who wish to teach Religious studies at both GCSE and A Level.
What do the great theologians, philosophers and religious thinkers say about God and the nature of human existence? What do the major religions of the world teach and believe? What do texts like the Bible and the Qur’an really claim and say? What does theology have to say about issues of social justice and injustice, society and gender? This course allows you to explore answers to these and many other questions over the course of your three years of study.
You are introduced to the multi-faceted nature of theological and religious studies and to the main themes of the Bible through modules such as:
- Introduction to the Study of Religion
- Introduction to the Study of Christian Theology
- Introduction to the Bible
- Religion in Context (focus on a world religion such as Judaism, Islam etc).
You also have the opportunity to study the languages in which the sacred texts were written or into which they were translated: Hebrew, Sanskrit, Greek, classical Arabic, and Latin.
This year covers the intermediate study of theology and religion. Theology modules explore central themes in Christian theology, the Historical Jesus, the reception of the Bible in both the past and the present, and the nature of religious knowledge. In Religious Studies, you are able to continue your study of the major world religions, building on what you have learned in your first year. You will also be able to study, for example, the impact of philosophy on religion (and vice-versa), and the impact of religion on culture and society.
You are able to select from a range of options. In Theology you could study:
- Reformation Thought in Theological Perspective
- Issues in Contemporary Catholicism
- Theologies of the Nonwestern World.
In Religious Studies you could study:
- Advanced Concepts in the Philosophy of Religion
- Islam and Women
- The Impact of Myth on Religion.
You have the opportunity to pursue these interests in depth through dissertations and special studies. Field trips to places of religious significance (eg Lourdes in France) and work placements are also available as study modules.
Students typically attend 12–15 hours of lectures/seminars a week. They supplement this with study and reading during the week.
- The Historical Jesus
- Religious Myth and Mythology
- Immortality of the Soul and Resurrection of the Body
This course provides the analytical skills and knowledge base to pursue a career in a range of areas, including teaching, church work, civil service, human rights and management.