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Teaching is provided through lectures, classes and supervisions. You can expect up to nine hours of classes and lectures each week (including six for non-language papers and three for languages), as well as a weekly supervision. Assessment is mainly by three-hour written examinations, but some papers are assessed by coursework.

Year 1 (Part I)

Year 2 (Part IIA)

You take five papers designed to give you a broad introduction to the basic concepts, knowledge and skills required in the main areas of study. There are two compulsory subjects:

This builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Part I. You may wish to continue to study any of the four scriptural languages at a higher level, or you can drop the study of languages at this stage. A wide choice of options is available, enabling you to develop a course suited to your own interests. You choose four papers out of 17, including:

• one scriptural language – Hebrew, New Testament Greek, Qur’anic Arabic or Sanskrit • a paper in biblical studies, either David: Israel’s Greatest Hero? or Jesus and the Origins of the Gospel (you can take the other in place of one of the choices below) Plus three other papers from a choice of five: • Christianity and the Transformation of Culture – considering key periods and issues in the history of Christianity and its interaction with non-Christian cultures • Who is Jesus Christ? – introducing some of the major themes of Christian theology • Understanding Contemporary Religion – an introduction to the sociological study of religion • World Religions in Comparative Perspective – looking at the history, beliefs and practices of the main world religions and the problems of comparing them • Philosophy of Religion and Ethics – debating questions such as the nature of metaphysics, arguments for the existence of God, and the objectivity of morals

If you want to study theology and other disciplines like sociology, philosophy and history, focusing on the main religions, there’s no parallel to this course in the country. Agnes

Related courses

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The Literature, History and Theology of the Exilic Age The Letters of Paul Philosophy of Religion: God, Freedom and the Soul Theology and the Natural Sciences Life and Thought of Religious Hinduism and of Buddhism Introduction to Islam Religious Themes in Literature: Moral Vision in the European Novel

You can also choose to take the Part IA Logic paper from the Philosophy course.

Year 3 (Part IIB) In your final year, you choose four from a wide range of papers, which includes Special Subjects and interdisciplinary papers, such as: • • • • • • • •

Theologies of Hope Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages The Doctrine of God: Love and Desire Self and Salvation in Indian and Western Thought Jews, Christians and Muslims Before and After Muhammad Metaphysics Christian Ethics in Contemporary Life and Practice Sufism

You can choose to write a dissertation of 10,000 words in your third year instead of one paper.

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