Courses available at Catherine of Siena College

We offer two validated Masters modules (20 transferable credits each) and two streams of online courses - 10-week courses, and 6-week courses. These are taught exclusively online, allowing you to work through course material at your own pace and at times convenient for you. We use a participatory educational model that recognises course tutors and students as co-learners. All courses will run simultaneously at different times during the year; this allows you to choose the most convenient time for you to enroll.

For the dates of upcoming courses please scroll down.  For further information or to apply for a bursary please contact us at or see below.




Gender and Islam  6-Week Course
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Theology, Ethics and Sustainable Development  6-Week Course
Theology of Disability  6-Week Course
Women in the Catholic Church 6-Week Course

Landscapes of the Soul: Creation, Creativity and the Natural World 

10-Week Course

(10-Week Course)Interreligious Engagement for Justice and Peace  10-Week Course
Gender and Feminisms: Theological Perspectives  10-Week Course




Term Start Date End Date
Autumn 04 October 2021 14 November 2021


24 January 2022 06 March 2022


25 April 2022 05 June 2022



Term Start Date End Date
Autumn 04 October 2021 12 December 2021


24 January 2022 03 April 2022


25 April 2022 03 July 2022



Women in the Catholic Church: Towards the Synod in Dialogue

3 March - 7 April 2022

Course Creator: Prof. Tina Beattie


The Catholic Church is currently engaged in a two-year process of dialogue, discernment, reflection and feedback, which will inform and guide the Synod of Bishops gathering in Rome in 2023.
Catherine of Siena College (CSC) is partnering with Catholic Women Speak (CWS) to offer a six-week course during Lent, exploring a wide range of theological and pastoral perspectives and personal stories from Catholic women around the world.


Women in the Catholic Church

Course Creator: Prof. Tina Beattie

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This course is based on the book Visions and Vocations (Paulist Press, 2018), which is a collection of essays by more than 60 Catholic women from 20 different countries, edited by Tina Beattie and Diana Culbertson. The book is available to download as a PDF from the Moodle site below. The course introduces students to the many different contexts and cultures that shape Catholic women’s lives today. Each session introduces a different theological approach or issue through one or more of the essays in the book.


Gender and Feminisms: Theological Perspectives

Course Creator: Dr Emily Pennington

This module will introduce you to questions, ideas, and debates within the study of gender and feminisms in theology and theory. Since the late 1960s, feminist theologians have developed a substantial body of work that brings critical feminist perspectives to bear on Christian doctrine and theology across a wide range of cultural, historical and political contexts. At the same time, issues of sexual orientation, gender and desire have led to the emergence of queer theologies, informed by the work of gender theorists. This course gives you the opportunity to explore this rapidly expanding and increasingly diverse field of theological reflection and practice, asking how the Christian understanding of the human made in the image of God is influenced by the growing attention given to issues of sexual difference, gender and identity in contemporary culture and academic discourse.


Gender and Islam

Course Creator: Dr Zilka Spahic-Siljak

One of the issues today in criticizing and defending Islam is the role of women. Dominant discourse in the West is that Muslim women are oppressed, covered with hijab and without agency to make decisions about their own lives. The course will examine how gender equality is defined, contested and defended in Muslim contexts and how two opposing idealized cosmologies of gender relations, hierarchical and egalitarian, challenge each other in proving and disapproving gender equality. Although the sacred text of the Qur'an - the main source of faith- is immutable, differing interpretations yielded diversities in theoretical and practical application of the core teachings of Islam. Students will learn how changing political and religious ideologies shaped their understanding of gender in Islamic tradition, how the choreography of gender oppression was exercised on one hand, and which methods women have used to overcome barriers in pre-dominant masculine theological and political discourses on the other.


Interreligious engagement for Justice and Peace

Course Creator: Dr Peniel Jesudason Rufus Rajkumar

This course will look at how interreligious dialogue has contributed and can contribute to fostering justice and peace in a multi-religious world. Adopting the premise that the perspectives of the margins are essential for forging justice and peace today, the course will examine the motivation for and methodology of dialogue fromthe perspectives of the often-‘othered'margins and re-imagine dialoguein conversation with Christian scriptures and spiritual/ritualpractices.


Landscapes of the Soul: Creation, Creativity and the Natural World

Course Creator: Dr Nick Mayhew-Smith


A meaningful connection to the land and to the wider environment is deeply rooted in Christian tradition and culture. This course traces some of the significant ways in which biblical stories about sacred landmarks have helped to shape our attitudes towards the natural world. From the sacred tree with its forbidden fruit at the start of Genesis through to desert and wilderness spirituality, the holy mountain of Sinai, and the emblematic River Jordan, the whole story of the bible is wrapped around its landscape setting, the Holy Land itself a player in the story of God's relationship to his people. Even the modern notion of a nature reserve ultimately derives from the idea of a sacred enclave, a place set apart from exploitation and hunting, echoing the innocence and harmony of the Garden of Eden itself. The course will consider the unusual emphasis that Celtic Christianity placed on nature, but also look at other expressions of the same spiritual impulse from around the world. At a time when our own relationship to the natural world is facing unprecedented crisis, the course will show how these deep stories and ancient traditions can help us to foster a more harmonious connection to creation.


Theology of Disability

Course Creator: Dr Luca Badetti 

Course Tutor:  Cristina Gangemi

This course is an exploration of disability from a theological perspective. It focuses on disability as a source of revelation of the human and the divine. First, drawing from Disability Studies, the course brings into question what disability is, expanding and challenging common understandings of disability. Secondly, the course introduces students to how disability has been presented in theological discourses past and present, ranging from Scripture and Church tradition to the inputs of contemporary Christian theologians. Lastly, the course will encourage students to reflect on their own theological understandings of disability, by presenting them with some major disability theology questions: is the crucified Christ the image of a disabled God? How does intellectual disability challenge an overly ratio-centric understanding of humankind's Imago Dei? If disability is understood as a positive identity, what is its eschatological relevance - in other words, will there be disability in heaven?


Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Theology, Ethics and Sustainable Development

Course Creator: Prof. Tina Beattie

Course Tutor: Dr. Luca Badini


The question of sexual and reproductive health and rights generates intense debate between religious and secular organisations in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and international discourse about human rights. This course focuses on the theology and ethics of sexual and reproductive rights in the context of sustainable development, social justice and human dignity. It addresses issues of poverty and exclusion, population control and women's rights, maternal and infant well-being, and family life in different cultures and contexts. It encourages participants to attend to the voices of women in their own communities and cultures, and in so doing it brings women's personal perspectives to bear on questions of power, representation and gender in theology and international development discourse.

Catherine of Siena Centre

Department of Humanities,
University of Roehampton,
SW15 5PH.



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