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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Theology and Religious Studies

Programme code:BA-TRSUCAS code:V616
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Emma Tomalin Contact address:e.tomalin@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

ABB at A-level.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Theology & Religious Studies

Programme specification:

The programme will enable students to understand, apply and use scholarship and recent research in Theology and Religious Studies. They will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate various techniques of analysis and enquiry including those from Theology, Biblical Studies and the broad field of Religious Studies. Students will be offered a breadth of awareness of the intellectual disciplines through which religions may be approached, and will develop an understanding of theoretical, methodological, contextual, ethical and other debates. All teaching is informed by the research strengths of staff, and students will have opportunities for research-based learning throughout their programme.

Study in the programme is structured in ways that provide both breadth and depth, and provides opportunities for demonstrating proficiency in the application of method and theory. Opportunities will be provided for students to develop their specific interests and skills, develop their own informed opinions and to undertake autonomous study. The programme will foster interpersonal and intellectual skills of empathy with critical distance, and give experience and opportunity for working with plurality in and between religions, and with familiar and unfamiliar viewpoints, and with views that differ radically from one's own. Students will be equipped for understanding, living and working reflectively and responsibly within a plural society through the development of knowledge, skills and understanding appropriate for personal development, professional employment and further study in a secular society where religious issues remain influential, though are often unrecognised.

The Industrial variant of the programme allows students to spend a year on placement in an appropriate graduate setting. The International variant allows students to spend a year studying abroad as part of their degree programme.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must study 120 credits in total (a mixture of compulsory and optional or discovery modules). To pass the year they must pass 100 credits including all modules flagged as PFP.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

THEO1930Introduction to the Study of Religion/s10 creditsSemester 1
THEO1970Introducing Theology10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 20 credits from the following optional modules:

THEO1015Introduction to the Study of Islam10 creditsSemester 2
THEO1350Introduction to the Bible10 creditsSemester 2
THEO1910Religion in Modern Africa10 creditsSemester 2
THEO1920Religion, Politics and Society in the Modern World10 creditsSemester 1

In addition, candidates will be required to study at least 20 credits from the following optional modules:

HPSC1015Magic, Science and Religion10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL1007Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion10 creditsSemester 1
PRHS1000Visions of Humanity: Philosophical, Religious and Scientific Perspectives20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
THEO1015Introduction to the Study of Islam10 creditsSemester 2
THEO1350Introduction to the Bible10 creditsSemester 2
THEO1910Religion in Modern Africa10 creditsSemester 2
THEO1920Religion, Politics and Society in the Modern World10 creditsSemester 1
THEO1960Religion in Modern Britain10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 40 credits of level 1 discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must study 120 credits in total (a mixture of compulsory and optional or discovery modules). To pass the year they must pass 100 credits including all modules flagged as PFP.

Compulsory modules:

THEO2301Studying Religion in Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 60 and 100 credits from the following optional modules:

CSER2207Students Into Schools (Arts Humanities and Culture)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHIL2532Philosophy of Religion20 creditsSemester 2
PRHS2000Human Rights and Religion20 creditsSemester 2
PRHS2333Thinking About Race10 creditsSemester 2
PRHS2450A Key Thinker in Philosophy of Religion: In Dialogue20 creditsNot running in 202021
PRHS2451Augustine of Hippo: A Key Thinker in Philosophy and Theology20 creditsSemester 1
THEO2040Modern Theologians20 creditsNot running in 202021
THEO2201Hindu Traditions20 creditsNot running in 202021
THEO2220Buddhism20 creditsNot running in 202021
THEO2251Sociology of Religion20 creditsSemester 1
THEO2286God, Sex and Gender in Africa20 creditsSemester 2
THEO2295Humanity in Christian Thought: Theological Anthropology20 creditsNot running in 202021
THEO2651Reading New Testament Texts20 creditsNot running in 202021
THEO2720Religion, Gender and Society20 creditsSemester 2
THEO2780Pentecostalism as a Public Religion in Africa20 creditsNot running in 202021
THEO2900The Sikh tradition20 creditsSemester 2
THEO2999Ideologies of Hebrew Bible Texts and Readers20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to a maximum 40 credits of discovery modules over levels 2 and 3 combined.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must study 120 credits in total (a mixture of compulsory and optional or discovery modules). To pass the year they must pass 100 credits including all modules flagged as PFP.

The programme structure requires Single Honours students to select at least 100 credits from advanced Level 3 modules (and from Level 3 modules only) that build directly on substantive and/or methodological foundations laid by modules in Level 2.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to choose ONE of the following modules:

PRHS3000Independent Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS3001Integrated Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
THEO3880The Religious Mapping of Leeds40 creditsNot running in 202021

Candidates will be required to study between 40 and 80 credits from the following optional modules and must have a minimum of 100 level 3 credits.

ARTF3042Cultural Diversity in Museum and Material Culture - Case Study20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 1
FOAH3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemester 2
PRHS3100Existentialism and Phenomenology20 creditsSemester 1
PRHS3170Religion, Belief and Ethics20 creditsSemester 1
PRHS3200Moral, Rational Selves: Perspectives on Human Nature20 creditsNot running in 202021
PRHS3300Religion and Mental Health20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3000Religion and Media20 creditsSemester 1
THEO3021Muslims in Britain: Transnational Communities and Multicultural Politics20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3040Ideologies of Hebrew Bible Texts and Readers20 creditsSemester 1
THEO3190Religions and Global Development20 creditsSemester 1
THEO3215Modern Theologians20 creditsNot running in 202021
THEO3220Sin20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3280Religion, Politics and the Future20 creditsNot running in 202021
THEO3286God, Sex and Gender in Africa20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3295Humanity in Christian Thought: Theological Anthropology20 creditsNot running in 202021
THEO3306Hindu Traditions20 creditsNot running in 202021
THEO3390Philosophy and the Spiritual Life20 creditsNot running in 202021
THEO3780Pentecostalism as a Public Religion in Africa20 creditsNot running in 202021

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to a maximum of 40 credits of discovery modules over levels 2 and 3 combined.

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