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June 2021

Theology and Film

Mon 28 June, 2:00 pm to Thu 1 July, 2:00 pm
This module explores the growing field of theology and film. Students will become conversant in the language and history of cinema, noting specifically the unique ways in which film uses technology, editing, framing, and sound to convey meaning. After a brief introduction to film studies, students will then explore the historical relationship between theology and film, with specific reference to the reception (ranging from prohibition to utilisation) of film by the Christian Churches. We will spend time looking at and studying… Read more

September 2021

The Eucharist: Theological Perspectives, Spiritual Practices and Artistic Representations

Mon 6 September to Thu 9 September
This module offers opportunity for students to examine the development of the Eucharist with reference to theological discourse, eucharistic practice, and artistic engagement with the Eucharist. Students will critically analyse the central place of the Eucharist in the Christian spiritual tradition. The module gives scope to critically engage with a wide range of artistic engagements with the Eucharist including visual art, poetry, prose, and film. The module will examine the contemporary context of Eucharist including current debates surrounding the Eucharist… Read more

October 2021

Theology and Human Culture (Core)

Mon 18 October to Thu 21 October
Engage with the ‘texts’ and practices of human culture and explore the nature of the relationship between theology and culture through creative and critical perspectives.   This module will introduce students to the relationship between theology and culture, as we consider how culture impacts theology, and how theological ideas and themes can be found in culture (for instance in works of visual art). Students will become familiar with the different ways in which this relationship between theology and culture is… Read more

December 2021

Theology, Imagination and the Arts

Mon 6 December to Thu 9 December
In this module, students will explore the relationships between theology, arts, and imagination. We will consider questions such as ‘How might we think differently about God after having seen this film, or this play?’ and ‘How do concepts of beauty influence how we imagine God?’ Students will have the opportunity to learn about historical and cultural developments in the field of theological aesthetics, and how Christian doctrine has been shaped by art throughout history. We will reflect theologically together on… Read more

February 2022

Text, Interpretation and Imagination

Mon 14 February 2022 to Thu 17 February 2022
The images, stories, myths and teachings of the Bible have served as a foundation for the Western cultural imagination. In this module, students have the opportunity to examine the role that stories and images from the Bible play in our Western cultural imagination. We consider how our own, and other people’s, cultural presuppositions play into how we read biblical texts, as well as thinking about how the texts themselves challenge these presuppositions. Students will compare biblical texts with other types… Read more

April 2022

Relocating Religion: Cultural and Spiritual Re-Alignments

Mon 25 April 2022 to Thu 28 April 2022
This module is primarily concerned with equivocations and uncertainties that surround the concepts and practices of religion in the modern period, including contemporary and popularly expressed preferences for ‘spirituality’. As regards ‘religion’, this module will draw upon previous historiographical and philosophical discussions but will focus mainly on how religion can be conceived and understood within the fields of theological and cultural anthropology. As regards the ‘relocations’ of religion drawn attention to in the title, the module will examine the different… Read more

June 2022

The Bible: Cultural Critique and Transformation

Mon 20 June 2022 to Thu 23 June 2022
This module focuses on ways of reading the Bible that challenge prevailing cultural norms today. Students get the chance to explore the relationship between reality as depicted in biblical texts and reality as we experience it in our current cultural context.  Consideration of how the Bible critiques certain cultural norms, and how these critiques might be voiced today is given priority over of questions of historical veracity and credibility of the biblical texts. We also explore questions of public theology… Read more

July 2022

Texts and the Christian Tradition

Mon 4 July 2022 to Thu 7 July 2022
This module will focus on a deep exploration of a particular text as it relates to the Christian Tradition. The text will be either a particular biblical text(s) (e.g. The Gospel of Mark, The Sermon on the Mount, or the Genesis matriarchal narratives) and/or a classic text from the Christian spiritual tradition (e.g. The Rule of St Benedict, The Interior Castle, The Cloud of Unknowing), with a different text chosen for each iteration of the module. Students will critically engage… Read more

September 2022

Inspiration and Imaginations: Creative Expressions of the Spiritual Life

Mon 5 September 2022 to Thu 8 September 2022
This module will enable students to understand the relationship between Christian Theology & Spirituality and art. This relationship will be placed in historical, cultural, and theological perspective, and the students will be encouraged to develop their own aesthetic and spiritual awareness alongside the possibilities for developing their own creative practice. This module will also enable students to critically engage with the place of art in Christian worship and the life of the Church. Those not on enroled on the postgraduate… Read more

October 2022

Theology and Human Culture (Core)

Mon 17 October 2022 to Thu 20 October 2022
Engage with the ‘texts’ and practices of human culture and explore the nature of the relationship between theology and culture through creative and critical perspectives.   This module will introduce students to the relationship between theology and culture, as we consider how culture impacts theology, and how theological ideas and themes can be found in culture (for instance in works of visual art). Students will become familiar with the different ways in which this relationship between theology and culture is… Read more

November 2022

Theology, Church and Society

Mon 28 November 2022 to Thu 1 December 2022
In this module students will consider the life and work of the church in today’s culture. We will explore the idea that the church is a diverse expression of human culture, and will consider how doctrines are shaped by different cultural contexts. This module allows students to think about how ministry, worship and mission might best respond to the cultural landscape we see in 21st Century Britain, as well as considering other cultural contexts, both historical and geographical. Those not… Read more

February 2023

Text, Interpretation and Imagination (Core)

Mon 20 February 2023 to Thu 23 February 2023
The images, stories, myths and teachings of the Bible have served as a foundation for the Western cultural imagination. In this module, students have the opportunity to examine the role that stories and images from the Bible play in our Western cultural imagination. We consider how our own, and other people’s, cultural presuppositions play into how we read biblical texts, as well as thinking about how the texts themselves challenge these presuppositions. Students will compare biblical texts with other types… Read more

April 2023

Mass Culture: Theological Engagement and Spiritual Practice

Mon 24 April 2023 to Thu 27 April 2023
The module considers the phenomena of mass consumer technological culture and new media as the backdrop to contemporary reflections on and engagements with spirituality and theology. Students will explore and analyse current habits of work, leisure, and communication, and lifestyle in distinction to traditional conceptions and explore the scale of the impact of current technologies and emerging norms on religious belief and practice. The module will examine the potential for leisure and lifestyle activities to mimic and replace religious modes of knowledge and identity production, examining the writings of sociologists, social anthropologists, social critics and theologians that address and/or interpret this phenomenon. The module will trace the… Read more

Mass Culture: Theological Engagement and Spiritual Practice

Mon 24 April 2023 to Thu 27 April 2023
This module considers the phenomenon of mass culture as that which approximates to the actual ‘lived culture’ of millions of people today. The module will explore and discuss topics such as changing patterns of leisure and travel in today’s world as well as technological and media mediated culture which forms the backdrop to spirituality and ‘doing’ theology in our age. In this respect modern mass culture frequently mimics religious modes of orchestrating emotion and creating identity while at the same… Read more

June 2023

Theology & Film

Mon 12 June 2023 to Thu 15 June 2023
In this module students will explore how theology engages with film and television. This is a rapidly growing field of research in academic theology. We will look at the history of cinema and television, and the language that has evolved alongisde these art forms, and will investigate how new ways of creating and communicating meaning have emerged through film and television. We will explore how theological themes have been addressed in films, and how Christians and Christian organisations have responded… Read more

July 2023

Texts and the Christian Tradition

Mon 10 July 2023 to Thu 13 July 2023
This module will focus on a deep exploration of a particular text as it relates to the Christian Tradition. The text will be either a particular biblical text(s) (e.g. The Gospel of Mark, The Sermon on the Mount, or the Genesis matriarchal narratives) and/or a classic text from the Christian spiritual tradition (e.g. The Rule of St Benedict, The Interior Castle, The Cloud of Unknowing), with a different text chosen for each iteration of the module. The module will allow… Read more
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