Religion and Theology
Religion and Theology courses for 2019
Our Religion and Theology degrees will enable you to understand and explain the ways in which religion significantly shapes the world. Taught by expert academics, you will explore themes central to cultures including philosophy, ethics, mysticism, sex, power and politics across various religions.
Why study Religion and Theology at Bristol?
Religion plays a central role in cultures past and present. We believe that the place of religion in the world can be best understood by examining it from a variety of perspectives across disciplines.
At Bristol you can study Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Chinese and Japanese religions, and philosophy of religion. We approach the study of religion using different methodologies, which include historical, archaeological, linguistic, philosophical, theological and comparative perspectives.
You may study religion and theology as a Single Honours subject or in a Joint Honours degree with sociology or philosophy. Our Single Honours BA provides the opportunity in year two to spend half a year studying abroad at a partner university. We also offer an MArts Religion and Theology with Study Abroad degree that incorporates one year overseas.
The department is friendly and provides opportunities to interact closely with staff and students in the discussion of religion and theology. You will also have your own personal tutor with whom you can discuss academic or pastoral issues.
What kind of student would this course suit?
If you appreciate the challenge of engaging with religion's place in the world, through a variety of approaches and by focusing on one or more religious traditions, you will enjoy this subject.
You should possess a strong commitment to the importance of the subject and a willingness to pursue it seriously and critically, either collaboratively with other students or through independent research and study. Most of all, you will be proud to study a subject that is completely integrated, explicitly or culturally, in almost every aspect of life today.
How is this course taught and assessed?
Teaching will take a variety of forms, including lectures, small-group tutorials, student-led seminars, one-to-one meetings with tutors, excursions and optional language classes. We also make extensive use of audio-visual equipment and internet facilities.
Assessment is varied and includes traditional essays, book reviews, short tests, oral presentations, teamwork and formal exams.
In your final year you will produce a dissertation, supervised by a member of staff, on a research topic of interest to you.
What are my career prospects?
The breadth of these degrees will give you skills in writing, oral presentation and independent research, and you will benefit from training in the critical and analytical skills common to humanities degrees.
Our graduates are equipped to pursue a variety of careers, including many not directly related to religion. Some graduates do pursue careers in religious education, as well as in education, nongovernmental organisations, journalism, law and public relations. A significant number continue to further study for a postgraduate degree, before pursuing a career in research or teaching.
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