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This programme is undergoing a periodic review*

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Saturday 22 February 2020

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  • Our BA in Religion Theology and Culture offers you the opportunity to explore religious traditions and ideas with deep historical roots that continue to shape politics, society and culture today.
  • We offer a targeted curriculum for those wanting to teach Religion at GCSE and A Level.
  • Roehampton is ranked in the top 30 universities in the country in Religion and Theology (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • Roehampton is in the top five universities in London for graduate earnings in Religious Studies (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2019 results, earnings three years after graduation).
  • Roehampton is number one in London for Religion and Theology (The Times Good University Guide 2020)

Summary

Our BA Religion, Theology, and Culture degree will enable you to develop the skills you need to understand the impact of religion and theology in both contemporary culture and the ancient and classical worlds. 

The course tackles a wide variety of issues such as politics, social justice and human rights, racism, violence, love, death, and feminism in the context of religion and theology. You will learn to think about the historical origins of global religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Indian Religions. You will also explore ethical, cultural, and religious perspectives on human life and what it is to be human. 

The degree includes the opportunity to undertake a professional placement, to help you build skills relevant to the workplace and your future career. 

How you will learn 

You will have the opportunity to study the sacred texts and beliefs of Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Indian religions in the context of history and the contemporary world. The degree will provide you with the intellectual tools, methods and approaches to engage with these Religions with depth and insight.

You will explore the textual and historical origins of Judaism and Christianity. As such, you will come to understand Christianity as an enduring historical phenomenon in terms of its development out of Judaism from the first century onwards. 

You will analyse the cultural, historical and theological issues which inform discourse on Islam: Islam in Islamic countries and Islam in Europe. Special emphasis will be given to the Muslim 'insider' perspective on issues and how this perspective compares with that of 'outsider' (especially Western) perceptions. 

The study of philosophy in religion covers both the western tradition and its even more ancient form in the Indian philosophical tradition. You will also explore Jewish thought and culture and study evil and responsibility in the context of how art represents the Holocaust.

Year one 

  • Begin exploring key methodological issues and approaches involved in the study of religion.  
  • Reflect on the beliefs and practices of actual religion as it is lived in the contemporary world.  
  • Encounter the Hebrew People and their god as the foundation for understanding the Abrahamic faith common to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  
  • Examine the implications of Eastern and Western philosophies in a Global context.
  • Ponder the perennial questions raised by Christian theologians.
  • Study the ethics of what it means to be a person from the perspective of religion. 

 

Year two 

  • Reflect on the impact politics and power have on institutional religion.
  • Study how cultural change has an impact on religion, be it climate change, issues of gender, or human rights.
  • Explore the nature of Jewish religious thought and culture.
  • Reflect on the relationship between Islam and western society and culture, historically and in the contemporary world. 
  • Explore the historical figure of Jesus of Nazareth in the context of first-century ancient culture. 

 

Year three 

  • Engage in extended study of a topic of your choice – within religion, theology, and culture – under the supervision of an expert in the field.  

With this degree, you will be well placed to secure work in many fields, including marketing, teaching, law, management, the charity sector, church work, the Civil Service, human rights, the armed services and the police. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers. 

*What is validation and periodic review?

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.