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Undergraduate study 2011


Key facts

Religion at Hull | 1 Full-time BA degrees | 6 Module outlines | 8 Part-time courses | 9 Admissions and postgraduate study | 10 Careers | 12

Three-year programmes Degree

UCAS code


V620 BA/R

240 points

Religion and Film Studies


260 points

Religion and Politics


280 points

Religion and Sociology


260 points

Creative Writing and Religion


Standard offer

280–300 points

Education, Philosophy and Religion XV35 BA/EPR

240 points

Philosophy and Religion


280 points

Four-year programmes Degree

UCAS code

Standard offer

French and Religion


260 points†

German and Religion


260 points†

Hispanic Studies and Religion


260 points†

Italian and Religion


260 points†

† with one A level in any language NB: You are not required to take Religious Studies A/AS level; however, if you do take it, a minimum of B or C is normally required, depending on the degree in question. We also encourage applications from students with qualifications other than A/AS level.

Religion staff Paul Dearey, BA (Trinity College, Dublin), MA (Pittsburgh) teaches systematic theology and Christian ethics.

Admissions contact Kay Nock Admissions Coordinator Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX 01482 466059

Dates of semesters Semester 1 27 Sep – 16 Dec 2011

Semester 2 30 Jan – 11 May 2012

Professor L L Grabbe, MA (Pasadena), PhD (Claremont), DD (Hull) teaches Old Testament and early Judaism. Research: early Judaism; Northwest Semitic philology; history of Israel. D R M Mariau, L ès L, M en Phil (Paris), PhD (Aix-en-Prov) teaches Indian religions and philosophy of religion. Research: yoga; Indian theories of meaning. Fr Jim O’Brien, MA, BD, HDipEd is the University’s Roman Catholic Chaplain and lectures in New Testament.

Religion and theology at Hull This pamphlet is designed to introduce you to the study of religion at Hull and to the various courses we offer. Whether your interest lies in religion as a first degree, or in graduate courses or research, or in part-time study, we hope that your initial questions will be answered here. Whatever your reasons for considering Hull as a place to do religion, you will find that it offers a number of distinct advantages:

Excellent teaching In the National Student Survey 2009, some 98% of students taking philosophy, theology and religious studies at Hull reported that they found their courses intellectually stimulating; additionally, 92% of them praised staff’s enthusiasm and, overall, 85% expressed satisfaction with the quality of their courses.

Choice Our undergraduate courses provide for a choice of subjects, reflecting the range of disciplines and skills which the study of religion involves. This breadth is underpinned by the teaching staff’s research, which has been officially recognised as being of national and international significance.

Individual attention Despite the range of subjects we offer, we remain a small department committed to small-group teaching and to ensuring individual attention.

The department Theology has been taught at Hull since the early 1950s, and the department can boast such distinguished former members as R N Whybray (Old Testament), A T Hanson (New Testament and the early Church) and James Atkinson (Reformation). An original focus on the Judaeo-Christian tradition has been broadened over the years, so that there is now expertise in Buddhism and Hinduism, modern Judaism and Islam, and the modern religious scene in general.

The range of topics The first year provides a grounding in a number of religious traditions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. In the second and third years you will learn a range of methodologies that enable in-depth study of different aspects of religions.



Access We are committed to wider access. Thirty percent of our students are returning to study after a number of years away, some to take up an interest that they may long have wanted to pursue, others to improve their career prospects. They are fully integrated, taking the same classes as our younger students. The result is an invigorating mix of ages, experience and interests which adds to the liveliness of debate and to the vitality of the department. Mature students are valued members of our academic community. They flourish here, and have been among our highest achievers. (For details of part-time courses, see pages 9 and 10.)

Teaching methods As a relatively small department (there are currently about 75 undergraduates), we can ensure that most of our teaching is done in small groups, and that lecturers can give you individual guidance whenever needed. A combination of lectures and tutorials is used for most modules, while others are based on seminars. A typical weekly timetable includes attendance at six lectures and two tutorials or seminars. Many modules make use of the University’s online learning tool, eBridge, which encourages active and collaborative learning. Students can access information about their courses, blog about assessments, or get advice about particular topics from teachers or fellow students. In your final undergraduate year, you will have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. This will allow you to apply and develop the skills of research and argumentation acquired throughout your degree. The final degree classification is based only on the modules taken in the second and third years. Each module has its own method of assessment: some are examined in the traditional manner by an unseen paper, some use coursework exclusively, and others involve a combination of the two. Our students appreciate the flexibility and choice that this system gives.

Support Hull is known as a friendly university, and the size of our department means that you will not be treated as just another anonymous unit: little wonder that the QAA has commented favourably on the ‘family atmosphere’ that prevails. Lecturers are always happy to give individual advice if needed; in addition, each student is assigned a personal supervisor to help guide them through their studies. Regular informal social events are arranged within the department, and students run their own Theology Society, which arranges parties, dinners, outings, second-hand book sales and sporting fixtures. The departmental Staff–Student Committee, which has a student Chair, meets three times a year. Here student representatives can raise questions and concerns about their courses and help form departmental policy. And through meetings of the Hull and District Theological Society, you will have the opportunity to hear distinguished visiting scholars lecturing on a wide range of issues. We aim to provide a challenging but supportive learning environment.

Today, Hull is host to a variety of faiths, reflecting Britain’s wider multicultural society.



The library The religion collection of the Brynmor Jones Library is remarkably well stocked, with particular strengths in Buddhism and Hinduism as well as biblical subjects and early Church history. It ranges from books dating back to the infancy of printing to the latest numbers of international journals, from medieval ecclesiastical records to the archives of the 20th-century Christian Socialists. The library itself is an airy, modern building, commanding impressive views over the city, the countryside and the River Humber. Many students prefer to write and read here, away from the bustle of their lodgings.

Lecturers are always happy to give individual advice if needed, and each student is assigned a personal supervisor to help guide them through their studies.

Free-access networked PC workstations are scattered liberally throughout both campuses, providing access to many sites of academic interest on the web.

The city of Hull There is much in the city itself to spark the theological imagination. One cannot walk far through its streets without encountering evidence of the vital role that religion has played here. Holy Trinity, the largest parish church in England, and the imposing Minster in nearby Beverley testify to the vitality of medieval Christianity. As a radical Protestant city, Hull closed its gates on King Charles I and precipitated the Civil War. On evangelical Christian principles, its Member of Parliament William Wilberforce successfully campaigned against the slave trade. Today the city is host to a variety of faiths, reecting Britain’s wider multicultural society.

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Gold standard In the 2009 National Student Survey, 98% of students on philosophy, theology and religious studies degrees at Hull said that they found their course intellectually stimulating, with 92% praising our sta’s enthusiasm for the subject.

Year 1 gives you the opportunity to study four of the world’s major religions – Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism – while in later modules you can consider religion’s influence on architecture, art, literature and society.

Full-time BA degrees BA Single Honours • Religion • Education, Philosophy and Religion (see page 7)

A sample of our theology/religion modules V620 XV35

BA Joint Honours • • • • • • • • •

Creative Writing Film Studies French German Hispanic Studies Italian Philosophy Politics Sociology

VP63 RV16 RV26 RV46 RV36 VV56 VL62 LV36

You have a choice of certain core modules plus a wide range of options.



• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Introduction to the New Testament The Christian Tradition The Buddhist Tradition The Hindu Tradition Biblical Hebrew or NT Greek or Sanskrit Religion in the Ancient World Topics in the Philosophy of Religion Classical Yoga Indian Philosophy Buddhist Ethics Natural Theology American Religion Old Testament Wisdom Tradition Old Testament Wisdom Texts Prophetic Literature Prophecy and Apocalyptic Prolegomena to a History of Israel Ancient Israel and its Neighbours Paul’s Letters to the Church at Corinth The Gospel According to St Mark History of Christian Ethics Contemporary Ethical Problems The Social Doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church The Doctrine of the Trinity Creation and Evolution The Church as Communion Symbol and Sacrament Hindu Tantra Philosophy and Cultures History and Thought of the Early Church Philosophical Theology Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust Interpreting Religious Practice The Labyrinth of Existence: Metaphysical Fiction Religious Sectarianism in History and the Modern World • Judaism and the New Testament • Dissertation

BA Education, Philosophy and Religion The degree course is designed to allow you to acquire knowledge of both ethical theories and major world religions, and of the educational principles involved in these subjects. You will learn the various ways in which curricula are developed to meet the needs of students of religion and ethics. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the interplay of ethics, religion and education. You will acquire a range of marketable skills such as independent learning, critical thinking, research ability, and tolerance of different religious beliefs and philosophies of life, as well as evaluative and argumentative skills.

The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the interplay of ethics, religion and education.

In the first year you will learn how developmental factors, as well as social and cultural factors, affect learning. You will examine formative cultural influences on philosophical thought, and investigate the formation of central moral concepts. You will also learn about the study of religion as an academic discipline, its scope, methods and content. In the second year you will gain a thorough understanding of the central questions in moral philosophy and the main response to them. You will gain knowledge of the ethical guidelines that are important in educational practice. And you will have the opportunity to study the ethics of at least one major religious tradition. In the third year you will have the opportunity to reflect on and evaluate your own learning as you prepare for a work placement and for employment or further study. The work placement gives you experience of an educational setting and introduces you to the skills required for different types of learning. You will continue to study moral and religious questions at an advanced level.



Module outlines First-year core modules The Buddhist Tradition explores the fundamental tenets of Buddha Dhamma and the unfolding of the tradition in South and South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea and Japan. Introduction to Religion in Antiquity surveys the field in the light of recent scholarship. The foundation laid here serves as necessary background for more advanced modules. The Hebrew Bible and ancient Israel function as an important example. Introduction to the New Testament surveys the history and theology of the writings which entered the canon of the ‘New Testament’, considered in their social, cultural and historical setting. Islam: An Introduction examines the main tenets of belief and living in the modern world.

First-year option The Hindu Tradition examines Hinduism’s world-view, ethos and social structure from scriptural and anthropological perspectives.

Some second- and third-year modules Topics in the Philosophy of Religion critically examines some central aspects of belief and practice. History of Ancient Israel looks at available sources and concentrates on historical methods needed to investigate the early history of a country whose origins are still a mystery. Prophetic Literature introduces the concept of prophecy as a literary and social phenomenon in the light of current research. Paul’s Letters to the Church at Corinth examines I and II Corinthians, exploring the principal theological issues in the letters. Contemporary Ethical Problems studies ethical issues which are important in the theological understanding of human existence and which reflect the influence of science, technology, communications and education in the modern world. The Church as Communion examines a leading ecclesiology in contemporary Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant theologies. Different versions of this ecclesiology are explored and their relative merits assessed in terms of what they imply concerning the eucharist, episcopacy and ecumenism.



The Doctrine of Creation is often perceived as contradicting scientific knowledge about the origins of the universe and about human nature. This module looks at the intellectual influences behind this perception and develops the case that the doctrine can be meaningfully examined as true. The Doctrine of the Trinity examines the central Christian doctrine of the triune God, linking it to our understanding of the personal character of human existence. Indian Philosophy explores the structure and problematics of classical Indian thought. Buddhist Ethics examines the principles, major concerns and contemporary challenges of Buddhist ethics. Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust provides and overview of anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism from antiquity to the present, with a focus on the Holocaust and its aftermath.

Part-time courses

Certificate in Religion This course is for those with no formal background in theology.

Your first year Three modules from • • • • • •

The Buddhist Tradition The Hindu Tradition The Christian Tradition Islam: An Introduction Religion in Antiquity Introduction to the New Testament

Each of these stages exists as a qualification in its own right, but the certificate and the diploma also function as qualifications for entry to the next stage.

Your second year The three modules remaining from the above list.

Diploma in Religion This course is for those with the Certificate or an equivalent qualification.

Your first and second years Choose three modules in each year from those listed on page 6.

Bachelor of Theology degree This course is for those with the Diploma or an equivalent qualification.

Your first and second years Choose three modules in each year from from those listed on page 6.



Admissions and postgraduate study BA Single and Joint Honours

Postgraduate study

Once you apply you will be invited to visit the department for an open day in January or March, so that you can see the University before committing yourself. If you are a Joint Honours applicant, the other department may also invite you to its open day, in which case you can choose to attend the one more convenient to you. If you are not able to attend one of the scheduled days, you are welcome to make a private appointment (contact the secretary on 01482 465995). We may interview some applicants.

We offer two Masters degrees for those who already possess a good Honours degree in religion or theology: the general MA (which can be adapted to the particular interests and needs of the student) and the research MA (with a greater emphasis on the acquisition of research skills and on research itself). Both may be taken full-time for one year or part-time for two. For those without a religion or theology degree, entry to the general MA is possible by registering for the Postgraduate Diploma in the first instance.

The entry requirements will vary depending on the degree for which you are applying. Our normal offers are given on the inner front cover, but we encourage applications from those with qualifications other than A/AS levels (both from the UK and from overseas), from mature applicants and from those intending to defer entry for a year.

We also offer research degrees (the MPhil and PhD) in all the major areas of religion and theology. Applicants are expected to possess at least a good second class Honours degree in religion or theology, and to propose a project capable of being supervised by a member of staff. The research degrees may be taken full-time or part-time.

Enquiries and applications Certificate/Diploma in Religion and Bachelor of Theology We already have a significant proportion of mature students on our BA courses. For those mature students who live in and around East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, there is an opportunity to study part-time as well. Three options are possible, depending on your individual background and previous academic experience. The Certificate is specially designed for those who have no formal qualifications in theology. The Diploma in Religion and Bachelor of Theology presuppose the equivalent of one year’s and two years’ full-time study at university level respectively. All applicants for our parttime courses are interviewed to determine their commitment to, interest in and aptitude for study at university level. In all three courses you will take normal undergraduate modules, though we try to arrange things so that most students need to be free only two half-days per week for the lectures and tutorials. (Naturally, you need to allow extra time for study both at home and in the library.)



Applications for the BA Single and Joint Honours degrees should be made through UCAS, even by overseas applicants. You can approach UCAS either through your school or college, or independently via If you have any queries about the full-time or part-time courses, including postgraduate opportunities, please contact Professor Lester Grabbe Religion and Theology University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX 01482 465995

‘Choosing Hull was easy for me: when I first came on an open day, I knew I’d really enjoy my time here. And that’s how it has worked out. The staff are friendly and helpful; and, because the department isn’t massive, I really feel like my lecturers know me and want me to achieve. ‘Because of my experience of theology at Hull, I’ve decided to train to be an RE teacher. The wide range of topics offered here – from the Christian tradition to Indian philosophy – meant that, when it came to my teacher-training interview, I stood out from other applicants on account of my broader subject knowledge. ‘Academic studies aside, I have fully immersed myself in student life! Thanks to our really strong students’ union, I’ve been involved in lots of activities, including playing netball for the University, volunteering with disadvantaged children and enjoying the odd boogie in the Asylum nightclub. ‘Overall I have loved my time here and would recommend Hull to everybody!’ Abby Lester BA History and Theology/Religion



Careers Students of religion can expect to enjoy a higher rate of employment (and a lower rate of unemployment six months after graduation) than the average graduate. This is certainly true of Hull graduates in religion, who in recent years have gone into careers as diverse as accountancy, computing, law, librarianship, journalism, the Christian ministry, the armed forces, personnel management, the probation service, publishing, the police force and teaching. This is not surprising. Like any arts subject, religion develops your capacity for independent thought, analysis, problem solving, and responsiveness to new situations. Many employers are looking for these qualities rather than for specialised knowledge: they’ll teach you the relevant skills, but they need people with the right sort of intellectual equipment in the ďŹ rst place. Religion is certainly a subject which can develop that. If you come to Hull as a student, our Careers Service will be very willing to help you at any stage of your course. They will be happy to discuss the careers best suited to you personally and will also be able to put you in touch with possible employers or provide information on relevant courses.

Like any arts subject, religion develops your capacity for independent thought, analysis, problem solving, and responsiveness to new situations.



Free Elective Scheme Studying for a degree at the University of Hull is a unique experience. We aim to provide you with an education that offers both depth and breadth of knowledge. To meet these ends the University has developed an optional Free Elective Scheme. This scheme enables the majority of undergraduate students to take one module a year from outside their main course of study.

Admissions policy Admissions information provided in this pamphlet is intended as a general guide and cannot cover all possibilities. Entry requirements are generally stated in terms of A

So, how does it work?

level grades and/or UCAS points,

Each year you take 120 credits’ worth of modules.

but we encourage applications from people with a wide range of



other qualifications and/or

20 credits

20 credits

the various entry routes are

20 credits

20 credits

experience. Some further details of

included in our general prospectus. Please contact the Admissions Service (see below) with any

20 credits

specific queries about admissions.

20 credits


Here you take modules from your main course of study.

Here you have the option to take a free elective or another module from your main course of study.

This publication is intended principally as a guide for prospective students. The matters covered by it – academic and

What sort of subjects can I take? You can take almost any free elective module from outside your main course of study, usually at your home campus. You can even take a module from another faculty. The catalogue of free electives might include

Year 1 • Cities and Civilisations: Art and Archaeology in Context • Managing your Learning • Anarchism and Contemporary Global Protest

Year 2 • Art and the City: Rome, Amsterdam, London, Paris and New York, 1600–2000 • European Women’s History: Medieval to Modern

otherwise – are subject to change from time to time, both before and after students are admitted, and the information contained in it does not form part of any contract. While every reasonable precaution was taken in the production of this brochure, the University does not accept liability for any inaccuracies.

Address For general enquiries, please write to

Year 3

Admissions Service

• Psychology of Performance • Passport modules in foreign languages

University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX

What are the main reasons for participating?

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• The scheme gives you the opportunity to study a subject without having to commit yourself to taking further modules in that subject area. • By taking a free elective you are able to follow up your interests as part of your degree. • With a broader education you may acquire extra skills that will help you when you enter the employment market.


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‘The truly learned man is he who understands that what he knows is but little in comparison with what he does not know.’ Hadrat Ali

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Religion - University of Hull Undergraduate Subject Brochure 2011  

Religion - University of Hull Undergraduate Subject Brochure 2011