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Postgraduate Divinity And Religious Studies 2016-2017

DR502H: DISSERTATION COLLOQUIUM

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

For the first four sessions we will meet as a group to take an overview of the process of finding a suitable dissertation topic and embarking on research in Divinity and Religious Studies. Then students will develop their own dissertation topics in consultation with their supervisors. Download course guide.

DR502T: CREATION IN CHRISTIAN ETHICS

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course examines the account of creation in the biblical book of Genesis in order to explore the theological account of human moral action it offers. By exploring different movements of the creation story, the course lays out the basic structure of Christian moral theology. The aim is to develop a theological approach to the fundamentals of Christian ethics, clarifying its relevance for issues of sexuality and procreation, economics, work, governance, health, animals and the environment. The course offers a broad theoretical framework for thinking about the whole scope of ethical questions in contemporary society.

DR502X: SPECIAL SUBJECT

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course allows a student to do in-depth study in a specific area in Divinity or Religious Studies agreed upon with his or her supervisor and approved by the Head of School. It may be offered in conjunction with the student sitting in on level 4 lectures relating to the subject material.

DR503F: THE EMERGENCE OF CHRISTOLOGY

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

How did the Jesus of history become the proclaimed Christ of faith? At the heart of the earliest Christian Christology is the variously expressed association of the pre-Easter Jesus and his message with the post-Easter proclamation of Jesus as Messiah and Son of God, as testified in the New Testament. This course explores some of the early expressions and trajectories of the early Christian conviction to this effect, how these related to contemporary messianic expectations as well as other relevant Early Jewish and Graeco-Roman concepts and beliefs, and, of course to the focal point of early Christianity: the Christ-event itself.

DR503J: SPIRITUAL FORMATION

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Christian Spiritual Formation involves the transformation of the whole person to the character of Jesus Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit. It is concerned with people’s attitudes, character, intentions and thoughts, and the development of their spiritual maturity. This course will explore and study the personal disciplines and practices which Christians have exercised in their attempts and efforts to grow in their relationship with God over the centuries. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the usefulness and relevance of these texts in their own spiritual journeys and to their present spheres of ministry.

DR503M: PREACHING TO CHANGE THE WORLD: EXPLORING THE THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE OF CHRISTIAN WITNESS

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course engages students in a sustained exploration of the theology and practice of preaching in the context of Christian worship with a view to the wider horizon of public communication. Initial investigation of traditional and contemporary theologies of the Word prepares us to focus upon the theological and rhetorical analysis of actual sermons considered in video, audio and textual forms. critically examine the theological frameworks within which preaching is understood, various possibilities for understanding the relation of biblical text, contemporary context, and preached sermon, as well questions concerning the interplay of form and content in the act of preaching.

DR503N: READINGS IN SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This new course engages at length and in depth with the thought of one or more formative thinkers in the Christian theological tradition to foster critical reflection on the scope and coherence of Christian teaching as well as the defining concerns and conventions of Christian systematic theology; and to cultivate in students the interpretative and analytical skills required for advanced work in the discipline. In a year-long series of fortnightly seminars, students will engage intensively with one or more works from the Christian doctrinal tradition.

DR503V: CHRISTIAN PRACTICES

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Christian practices are not activities as such, and neither are they religious duties. They are, rather, patterns of communal life within the Christian tradition that address fundamental human needs by revealing the presence and power of God. Practices point beyond the individualism of our present culture and disclose the social qualities of the Christian life. This course will explore the role and the effect which a number of Christian practices have played in the lives of local congregations. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the potential role of these practices in their own areas of ministry

DR503W: PATTERNS AND PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH LEADERSHIP

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Opportunities to explore and reflect on principles and patterns of church leadership in both the first and twenty-first centuries. In studying the New Testament sources, the relevance of both informed historical and theological study will be apparent; the relevance of distinguishing between descriptive and prescriptive New Testament content will be evaluated; and the extent to which the context for church may be determinative for patterns of church leadership will be identified. This will provide a basis for reflecting on various issues that surround current practices of church leadership.

DR503Y: FROM THEOCRACY TO NATION STATEHOOD - ISLAM IN EGYPT

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Islam is woven into the fabric of Egyptian society. At a time when Islam and Islamism are a major factors in world affairs, this course explores the Islamic context to Egyptian culture, politics and history from the Islamic conquest to the 2011 revolution.

DR503Z: ISLAMIC LAW

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Islamic Law is central to Islam and is the blueprint for every part of life and every field of law – constitutional, international, criminal, civil, commercial and family law, as well as doctrine and worship, ethics, morality and manners.  An understanding of Islamic law provides valuable insight into Muslim culture and communities.  This course will look at the underlying principles of Islamic Law and examine the area of family law and the position of women in particular.

DR504A: THE MUSLIM EVE: IMAGES OF THE ARCHETYPAL WOMAN

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Eve is a highly significant character in all societies and cultures influenced by the 'Abrahamic' religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam). Perceived as the archetypal woman to this day, the image of Eve has influenced gender relations and the representation of women on numerous levels of these cultures, encompassing both social and religious, but also political, legal, cultural and literary functions and representations. This course will analyse the various images of Eve in Islam, revealing the significance of these images in legitimising social, religious, legal and other perceptions of women in Islam. 

DR504B: DISSERTATION COLLOQUIUM

30 credits

Level 5

Both Sessions

This course provides students with guidance and practical support for writing their dissertation. For the first four sessions we will meet as a group to take an overview of the process of finding a suitable dissertation topic and embarking on research in Islamic Studies. Then students will develop their own dissertation topics in consultation with their supervisors.

DR504C: QURAN AND COMMENTARY

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

The Qur'an is the main text of Islam – the divine word. This course will discuss traditional and scholarly approaches to the Qur'anic text, its history, structure, themes and challenges with which it confronts the readers. We will examine various exegetical and scholarly approaches to the Qur'an, and various options for understanding some Qur'anic chapters. We will also explore other Islamic and scholarly literature that developed around the Qur'an. 

DR504J: CHRISTIAN PRACTICES

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Christian practices are not activities as such, and neither are they religious duties. They are patterns of communal life within the Christian tradition that address fundamental human needs by revealing the presence and power of God. Practices point beyond the individualism of our present culture and disclose the social qualities of the Christian life. This course will explore the role and the effect which a number of Christian practices have played in the lives of local congregations. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the potential role of these practices in their own areas of ministry.

DR504K: PREACHING TO CHANGE THE WORLD: EXPLORING THE THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE OF CHRISTIAN WITNESS

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course engages students in a sustained exploration of the theology and practice of preaching in the context of Christian worship with a view to the wider horizon of public communication. Initial investigation of traditional and contemporary theologies of the Word prepares us to focus upon the theological and rhetorical analysis of actual sermons considered in video, audio and textual forms.critically examine the theological frameworks within which preaching is understood, various possibilities for understanding the relation of biblical text, contemporary context, and preached sermon, as well questions concerning the interplay of form and content in the act of preaching.

DR504L: PATTERNS AND PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH LEADERSHIP

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Opportunities to explore and reflect on principles and patterns of church leadership in both the first and twenty-first centuries. In studying the New Testament sources, the relevance of both informed historical and theological study will be apparent; the relevance of distinguishing between descriptive and prescriptive New Testament content will be evaluated; and the extent to which the context for church may be determinative for patterns of church leadership will be identified. This will provide a basis for reflecting on various issues that surround current practices of church leadership.

DR504M: SPIRITUAL FORMATION

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Christian Spiritual Formation involves the transformation of the whole person to the character of Jesus Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit. It is concerned with people’s attitudes, character, intentions and thoughts, and the development of their spiritual maturity. This course will explore and study the personal disciplines and practices which Christians have exercised in their attempts and efforts to grow in their relationship with God over the centuries. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the usefulness and relevance of these texts in their own spiritual journeys and to their present spheres of ministry.

DR551Q: GREAT THINKERS IN THEOLOGICAL ETHICS

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will introduce students to a number of major thinkers in the area of Theological Ethics. Its focus will be on reading and discussing texts by prominent figures who are of ongoing significance.  Moreover, this course will include figures from different theological and confessional backgrounds (Catholic, Reformed, Lutheran, non-Conformist, etc.), and explore whether and how their theological commitments connect with practical stances and approaches (i.e. on issues of war and peace, sexual ethics, bioethics, etc.).

DR552G: DISSERTATION

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

20,000 word dissertation written on a topic related to the student's taught Master's programme and agreed to by the supervisor and the programme co-ordinator.

 

DR552K: THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD: RELIGION, HISTORY, LITERATURE

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

We will discuss the biography of Prophet Muhammad, the main figure in Islam, through whom the Qur’an was revealed. We will look at existing sources for this biography and the problems that they present to modern scholars. We will examine various research approaches to this topic and discuss the advantages and shortcomings of each. Through a discussion of main episodes in the life of the Prophet we will learn of various ways for understanding these episodes. We will also discuss the status of Muhammad against other prophets in Islam and against the Qur’an.

 

DR552V: JEWISH HISTORY AND CULTURE

0 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

DR552X: SPECIAL SUBJECT

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course allows a student to do in-depth study in a specific area in Divnity or Religious Studies agreed upon with his or her supervisor and approved by the Head of School. It may be offered in conjunction with the student sitting in on level 4 lectures relating to the subject material

DR553K: PATTERNS AND PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH LEADERSHIP

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Opportunities to explore and reflect on principles and patterns of church leadership in both the first and twenty-first centuries. In studying the New Testament sources, the relevance of both informed historical and theological study will be apparent; the relevance of distinguishing between descriptive and prescriptive New Testament content will be evaluated; and the extent to which the context for church may be determinative for patterns of church leadership will be identified. This will provide a basis for reflecting on various issues that surround current practices of church leadership.

DR553M: CHRISTIAN PRACTICES

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Christian practices are not activities as such, and neither are they religious duties. They are patterns of communal life within the Christian tradition that address fundamental human needs by revealing the presence and power of God. Practices point beyond the individualism of our present culture and disclose the social qualities of the Christian life. This course will explore the role and the effect which a number of Christian practices have played in the lives of local congregations. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the potential role of these practices in their own areas of ministry.

DR553N: THE CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE OF GOD

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

The course involves a consideration of the development of the Christian doctrine of God and related themes from Scripture to the 20th century. It pays close attention to significant texts in the Christian tradition (including creedal statements, and the writings of Origen, Augustine, Barth, and others), and to discussions of the doctrine of the trinity. The course requires careful reading of key primary texts.

DR553P: DEMONS AND SPIRITUAL BEINGS IN RELIGION, LITERATURE & CULTURE

0 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

DR553V: PREACHING TO CHANGE THE WORLD: EXPLORING THE THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE OF CHRISTIAN WITNESS

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course engages students in a sustained exploration of the theology and practice of preaching in the context of Christian worship with a view to the wider horizon of public communication. Initial investigation of traditional and contemporary theologies of the Word prepares us to focus upon the theological and rhetorical analysis of actual sermons considered in video, audio and textual forms. critically examine the theological frameworks within which preaching is understood, various possibilities for understanding the relation of biblical text, contemporary context, and preached sermon, as well questions concerning the interplay of form and content in the act of preaching.

DR553W: SPIRITUAL FORMATION

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Christian Spiritual Formation involves the transformation of the whole person to the character of Jesus Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit. It is concerned with people’s attitudes, character, intentions and thoughts, and the development of their spiritual maturity. This course will explore and study the personal disciplines and practices which Christians have exercised in their attempts and efforts to grow in their relationship with God over the centuries. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the usefulness and relevance of these texts in their own spiritual journeys and to their present spheres of ministry.

DR553Y: FROM THEOCRACY TO NATION STATEHOOD - ISLAM IN EGYPT

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Islam is woven into the fabric of Egyptian society. At a time when Islam and Islamism are a major factors in world affairs, this course explores the Islamic context to Egyptian culture, politics and history from the Islamic conquest to the 2011 revolution.

DR553Z: ISLAMIC LAW

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Islamic Law is central to Islam and is the blueprint for every part of life and every field of law – constitutional, international, criminal, civil, commercial and family law, as well as doctrine and worship, ethics, morality and manners.  An understanding of Islamic law provides valuable insight into Muslim culture and communities.  This course will look at the underlying principles of Islamic Law and examine the area of family law and the position of women in particular.

DR554A: THE MUSLIM EVE: IMAGES OF THE ARCHETYPAL WOMAN

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Eve is a highly significant character in all societies and cultures influenced by the 'Abrahamic' religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam). Perceived as the archetypal woman to this day, the image of Eve has influenced gender relations and the representation of women on numerous levels of these cultures, encompassing both social and religious, but also political, legal, cultural and literary functions and representations. This course will analyse the various images of Eve in Islam, revealing the significance of these images in legitimising social, religious, legal and other perceptions of women in Islam. 

DR554B: DISSERTATION

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

20,000 word dissertation written on a topic related to the student's taught Master's programme and agreed to by the supervisor and the programme co-ordinator.

DR554C: QURAN AND COMMENTARY

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The Qur'an is the main text of Islam – the divine word. This course will discuss traditional and scholarly approaches to the Qur'anic text, its history, structure, themes and challenges with which it confronts the readers. We will examine various exegetical and scholarly approaches to the Qur'an, and various options for understanding some Qur'anic chapters. We will also explore other Islamic and scholarly literature that developed around the Qur'an.

DR554J: CHRISTIAN PRACTICES

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Christian practices are not activities as such, and neither are they religious duties. They are patterns of communal life within the Christian tradition that address fundamental human needs by revealing the presence and power of God. Practices point beyond the individualism of our present culture and disclose the social qualities of the Christian life. This course will explore the role and the effect which a number of Christian practices have played in the lives of local congregations. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the potential role of these practices in their own areas of ministry.

DR554K: PREACHING TO CHANGE THE WORLD: EXPLORING THE THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE OF CHRISTIAN WITNESS

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course engages students in a sustained exploration of the theology and practice of preaching in the context of Christian worship with a view to the wider horizon of public communication. Initial investigation of traditional and contemporary theologies of the Word prepares us to focus upon the theological and rhetorical analysis of actual sermons considered in video, audio and textual forms. critically examine the theological frameworks within which preaching is understood, various possibilities for understanding the relation of biblical text, contemporary context, and preached sermon, as well questions concerning the interplay of form and content in the act of preaching.

DR554L: PATTERNS AND PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH LEADERSHIP

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Opportunities to explore and reflect on principles and patterns of church leadership in both the first and twenty-first centuries. In studying the New Testament sources, the relevance of both informed historical and theological study will be apparent; the relevance of distinguishing between descriptive and prescriptive New Testament content will be evaluated; and the extent to which the context for church may be determinative for patterns of church leadership will be identified. This will provide a basis for reflecting on various issues that surround current practices of church leadership.

DR554M: SPIRITUAL FORMATION

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Christian Spiritual Formation involves the transformation of the whole person to the character of Jesus Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit. It is concerned with people’s attitudes, character, intentions and thoughts, and the development of their spiritual maturity. This course will explore and study the personal disciplines and practices which Christians have exercised in their attempts and efforts to grow in their relationship with God over the centuries. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the usefulness and relevance of these texts in their own spiritual journeys and to their present spheres of ministry.

DR554N: DISSERTATION

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

20,000 word dissertation written on a topic related to the student's taught Master's programme and agreed to by the supervisor and the programme co-ordinator.

 

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