Year 1 introduces significant religious texts and traditions as well as ethical and theoretical approaches to religion and society.
Two modules on Ethics and Society and Ethics: Philosophical and Theological look in-depth at ethical theories, debates and analysis of contemporary issues, such a media representations.
Introduction to the Old Testament includes historical, literary and theological approaches to the Bible and gives attention to the religio-cultural contexts from which the Hebrew scriptures emerged and the main communities of interpretation: Jewish and Christian. It also takes into account Muslim narratives.
Religions: Texts and Traditions introduces the study of diverse religions, such as Buddhism and Islam, among others, while Method and Theory in the Study of Religions studies key thinkers, approaches such as sociology and psychology of religion, and categories such as gender, New Religious Movements and Contemporary Paganism.
Your second year includes a range of core and option modules unique to Leeds Trinity such as Religions, Justice and Peacemaking; Catholic Social Teaching; Sociology and Anthropology of Religion, which includes designing your own questionnaire; Rites, Rituals and Religious Quests; Self and Reality in Eastern Philosophy, as well as modules on Christian Doctrine and Reading the New Testament.
These modules include topics such as religious conflict and peacebuilding in Israel-Palestine, the role of conscience in moral philosophy, concepts of the person and the world in Native American, Buddhist and other philosophies, rites of passage and pilgrimage in Hindu, Catholic and other traditions, and debates on the nature of Christ.
In your final year your modules engage with cutting edge research in theology and religious studies. The two core modules are the Dissertation, which is on your own a topic, and Religions in Leeds Bradford, focused on cultural and spatial theories and visits to religions in the local area, including one of your own choosing.
Option modules include Religions, Cultures and Complexities, which examines religion and shamanism cross-culturally in different socio-political contexts in Asia, such as Tibet and Japan, and the Americas; New Testament Theology, focusing on Pauline and Johannine texts; Religion in the Public Sphere, analysing depictions of religions such as Christianity, Islam and Paganism in contemporary society and critical issues between religion and the state; The Future of Philosophy of Religion, on how we might understand religion and politics in the light of recent shifts in society and culture; and Science and Religion: Exploring the Conflict Thesis.