Catherine of Siena College MA Modules

MA Modules won't run this academic year 2021- 22

We are delighted to announce that, from this year, we are offering two MA modules validated by the University of Roehampton, in addition to our exciting curriculum of 6 week and 10 week Continuing Professional Development courses. These 20 credit modules run over twelve weeks (10 weeks of teaching and 2 weeks of independent study, tutorials and coursework preparation), and they are taught entirely online.

The credits are transferable to other courses either at Roehampton or in international participating institutions under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), so that they can count towards a degree.
In autumn 2020 Professor Tina Beattie will be teaching "Understanding Gender: Theology, Language and Incarnation", and in spring 2021 Dr Nontando Hadebe will be teaching "Gender and Social Justice: African Theological Perspectives". These are based upon shorter six week courses which we offered in the past. Students who took those courses are eligible to apply, since the subjects are covered in much greater depth and with graded coursework and assignments.
The course fee is £740 for each course, and we have limited bursaries available for suitably qualified candidates who cannot afford to pay the full fees.
Please note that to be eligible for enrolment you must demonstrate that you have a relevant academic, vocational or professional background (the equivalent of an undergraduate degree), fluency in English for reading and writing at Masters level, and a good Internet connection and IT skills to enable you to study onlne.
For more information, please contact Dr Anna Cantelmi at
If you are interested and want to find out more, you can watch the complete lecture for Week 2 on this YouTube video.

Course Dates

Short Courses

Dates MA Module
05 October 2020 - 15 January 2021 Understanding Gender: Theology, Language and Incarnation
18 January - 26 March 2021 Gender and Social Justice: African Theological Perspective


Understanding Gender: Theology, Language and Incarnation

Course Creator: Prof. Tina Beattie

This online module familiarizes students with theological and theoretical approaches to questions of gender, focusing particularly on language and incarnation/embodiment. It includes perspectives drawn from feminism and gender theory, sacramental and moral theology, and from different cultural approaches to questions of gender, identity and sexuality. It aims to equip students with skills of critical analysis informed by an ethically responsible and pastorally responsive approach to complex and contested issues of gender, asking what insights can be gained from the Christian theological tradition with regard to the significance of gender for the incarnation, the doctrine of creation, and human identity and relationality.


Gender and Social Justice: African Theological Perspective

Course Creator: Nontando Hadebe

This online module introduces students to African theologies which are concerned with issues of gender and social justice. It invites students to go beyond theologies of inculturation and black liberation theologies to consider how resistance against social injustices has played a critical role in the development of African theologies in the 20th and 21st centuries. This includes the work of women theologians represented by The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians who have challenged women’s oppression in religion and culture, and the recent emergence of studies which evaluate the negative impact of gendered stereotypes of masculinity on men. It considers issues such as gender-based violence and the situation of sexual minorities in the context of the HIV pandemic, as well as analyzing the significance of gender for the ecological crisis and the ways in which clerical sexual abuse has placed gender at the center of the struggle for social justice. Discussions on these topics will introduce students to the richness, diversity and evolving nature of African theologies and contestations related to terms such as ‘Africa,’ ‘African' and gender.

Catherine of Siena Centre

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



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