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Postgraduate Divinity And Religious Studies 2018-2019

DR501Q: GREAT THINKERS IN THEOLOGICAL ETHICS

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Can properly theological ways of thinking and acting allow us to attend and respond to concrete challenges and problems confronting the world today? Or does theology continually (and inherently) tempt us to look above and beyond reality and its claims?  This course is organised around a series of engagements with prominent modern theologians and their texts. In particular, we will engage this material with a particular view to questions of concreteness, embodiment, and identity.   Download Course Guide

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. 

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DR503M: PREACHING: EXPLORING THE THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE OF CHRISTIAN WITNESS

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course engages students in a sustained exploration of 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.

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DR503N: READINGS IN SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course engages at length and in depth with the thought of one or more formative thinkers in the Christian theological tradition, aiming 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 this course, students will engage intensively with one or more major works from the Christian doctrinal tradition.  Download Course Guide

DR504J: PREACHING: EXPLORING THE THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE OF CHRISTIAN WITNESS

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course engages students in a sustained exploration of 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.

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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. 

DR552T: CREATION IN CHRISTIAN ETHICS

30 credits

Level 5

Second 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.

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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.  Download Course Guide

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, 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. 

DR553N: THE CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE OF GOD

30 credits

Level 5

Second 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.   Download Course Guide

DR554K: CHRISTIAN PRACTICES (ONLINE)

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.   Download Course Guide

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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