Philosophy considers the nature of reality, the purpose of human existence and the basis of knowledge. In combination with Theology, there is also an opportunity to delve deep intellectually into the philosophy of religion, and in particular of Christianity, fostering analytical rigour and the ability to criticise and reason logically. Students will learn to ask questions about contemporary and historical schools of thought and individual thinkers, and consider how we acquire knowledge and form moral judgements to central questions in the philosophy of religion, including the existence and nature of God and the relevance of religion to human life.
The study of Theology brings together a wide range of skills and disciplines, historical, textual, linguistic, sociological, literary-critical and philosophical. It provides a grounding in the theology and ethics of early and of modern Christianity, along with a wide range of options in the academic study of religion, including non-Christian traditions.
There is usually one tutorial per week, typically six to eight lectures weekly and perhaps some classes, for instance for first-year logic, or for modern doctrine. It is expected that the majority of the week is dedicated to personal study and reading.
|Terms 1 and 2|
Theology (two or three taken):
|Assessment First University examinations (taken after the second term): Three or four written papers (one in Philosophy, two or three in Theology)|
|Compulsory core subjects:Philosophy:
|AssessmentFinal University examinations: Eight written papers (either five in Philosophy and three in Theology, or five in Theology and three in Philosophy, or four in each). A thesis may replace one written paper|