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BA Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:
a) independently identify, evaluate and analyse complex problems in the literature in order to develop and sustain an argument
b) understand and critically engage with the writings of major scholars across theology and religious studies and beyond
c) apply knowledge of theories and arguments in theology and religious studies to selected topics in their chosen area
d) build on their understandings of methodologies used in theology and religious studies
e) demonstrate a coherent and detailed subject knowledge concerning theology and religious studies, informed by evaluation, analysis and critical scrutiny of recent research/scholarship in the discipline
f) comprehend the multidisciplinary nature of work on religion across the approaches of theology, religious studies, sociology, anthropology, geography, politics and cultural studies
g) demonstrate the ability to plan and execute, with guidance, a substantial individual project

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- self-discipline, self-direction, attention to detail and independence of mind alongside listening, reasoned empathetic evaluatory, critical evaluatory and decision-making skills;
- the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment in a plural society related to the area(s) studied (i.e. communication, group work, problem solving, IT, evaluation of different sorts of evidence and the construction of argument, writing skills, including accurate referencing and clarity of expression);
- the skills necessary for the exercising of initiative and personal responsibility in a range of professional and personal situations (i.e. learning to learn, self-management, time-management, self-sufficiency, interactions with others);
- skills in the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;
- the ability to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature or postgraduate study.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:
- demonstrating a broad knowledge-base;
- work that draws on a wide variety of material;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;
- work that is typically both evaluative and creative;
- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the disciplines of Philosophy and/or Theology & Religious Studies;
- evidence of in-depth enquiry within the disciplines of Philosophy and/or Theology & Religious Studies;
- demonstrating the ability to work in an interdisciplinary way.


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