At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.
The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here. #expand#
Theology & Religious Studies is the study of religions, that is, people and their religious traditions combined with the particular study of the Christian religion. You will study the history and texts of the world's religions and investigate definitions of 'religion' and approaches to its study. You will understand the varied expressions of religious traditions and contemporary interfaith dialogue and peace-making. You will also be challenged to think creatively about ethical and philosophical ideas and will develop the skills to engage with issues in the complex religious environment of plural society. Theology & Religious Studies will enable you to challenge and deepen your knowledge of the diverse roles of religion and spirituality in modern society.
The core theme of Theology modules covers methods of Biblical criticism and interpretation (both Old Testament and New Testament); theological consideration of the nature of God and the representation of Christ; analysis of Church history; study of ritual and liturgical practices, and study of the role of Christian ideas and concepts in Western literature and art.
The core theme of Religious Studies modules covers sociological and anthropological methods for studying diverse types of cultures; detailed study of a selection of world religions; study of diverse ritual and liturgical practices, and the complex nature of religion in contemporary society.
Research modules and professional study modules equip you to understand the importance of researching and analysing topics of your own choosing and to evaluate your findings with appropriate ethical sensitivity. In addition, you will be required to complete at least two placements on your programme to help you to explore your future career opportunities and to apply your subject knowledge in professional and community contexts. This may include working with professional societies, schools, inter-faith and peace studies centres and development agencies. Our placement modules are supported by Leeds Trinity University's existing links with a wide range of organisations such as CAFOD, Community Groups, Charities and Faith-Based organisations in Leeds and Bradford (St George's Crypt, Emmaeus, and Simon in the Streets), faith-based schools in Leeds and Bradford, and the local diocese at Hinsley Hall.
Staff teaching on this programme have specialist research expertise in Catholic theology; virtue ethics; contemporary philosophies of religion; the nature of inter-faith dialogue; ascetic traditions in Eastern and Western religions, and the experience of Muslim women in contemporary Britain.
A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed. There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.
In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.
You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.
On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.