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October 2014

£230 – £380

Theology and Human Culture

Mon 6 October 2014, 3:00 pm to Thu 9 October 2014, 5:00 pm
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. Students will be introduced to the interface between the divine and human culture and become familiar with the distinct methodological approaches taken within the sociological, philosophical, and theological studies of culture. Students will attend to the interdisciplinary nature of the study of culture from the 17th century to the present day and as such gain… Read more

November 2014

£230 – £380

The Bible: Cultural Critique and Transformation

Mon 17 November 2014, 3:00 pm to Thu 20 November 2014, 5:00 pm
The study of the bible and its various theological forms and genres in the past two centuries has been dominated by questions of historical veracity, reliability and credibility rather than the imaginative construction of reality that many of the biblical texts contain. This module will seek to explore the relationship between the way in which certain biblical texts, stories and forms present their own distinctive portrayals of reality and how such portrayals can be appropriated in our current cultural context.… Read more

December 2014

£230 – £380

Re-imagining Church in a Changing Culture

Mon 8 December 2014, 3:00 pm to Thu 11 December 2014, 5:00 pm
Go beyond the headlines about the continuing decline in church membership to critique the contemporary church using both theological and sociological tools. The church in Britain will be examined in the wider context of social, religious and cultural change, and compared with the situation in Europe, America and the developing world. The challenges facing the contemporary church and the responses it offers will be examined critically and with reference to patterns of community, mission and ministry. Those not on the… Read more

February 2015

£230 – £380

Text, Interpretation and Imagination

Mon 23 February 2015, 3:00 pm to Thu 26 February 2015, 5:00 pm
The images, stories, myths and teachings of the Bible have served as a foundation for the Western cultural imagination. In this module students will engage in critical and creative hermeneutics as well as a deeper and closer reading of the Biblical texts themselves, and see how these texts inform, and are informed by human creativity. Students will pursue inter textual analysis and offer the opportunity to make comparisons between different types of text (sacred and otherwise) and be encouraged to… Read more

May 2015

£230 – £380

Mass Culture: Theological Engagement and Spiritual Practice

Mon 18 May 2015, 3:00 pm to Thu 21 May 2015, 5:00 pm
This module considers the phenomenon of mass consumer technological culture as the backdrop to spirituality and ‘doing’ theology in our age. We will examine ways in which leisure and lifestyle activities take over and mimic religious modes of orchestrating emotion and producing identity, examining the writings of sociologists, social anthropologists, social critics and theologians that seek to address and/or interpret this situation. The module will trace the emergence of different ways of interpreting the phenomenon of the ‘modern’; especially the… Read more

October 2015

£295 – £450

Theology and Human Culture

Mon 12 October 2015, 3:00 pm to Thu 15 October 2015, 5:00 pm
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. Students will be introduced to the interface between the divine and human culture and become familiar with the distinct methodological approaches taken within the sociological, philosophical, and theological studies of culture. Students will attend to the interdisciplinary nature of the study of culture from the 17th century to the present day and as such gain… Read more

December 2015

£295 – £450

Text, Interpretation and Imagination

Mon 7 December 2015, 3:00 pm to Thu 10 December 2015, 5:00 pm
The images, stories, myths and teachings of the Bible have served as a foundation for the Western cultural imagination. In this module students will engage in critical and creative hermeneutics as well as a deeper and closer reading of the Biblical texts themselves, and see how these texts inform, and are informed by human creativity. Students will pursue inter textual analysis and offer the opportunity to make comparisons between different types of text (sacred and otherwise) and be encouraged to… Read more

February 2016

£295 – £450

Theology and Film

Mon 1 February 2016, 2:00 pm to Thu 4 February 2016, 5:00 pm
Explore 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, we will look at the historical relationship between theology and film, with specific reference to the reception (ranging from prohibition to utilisation) of film by the Christian Churches. Through the study of selected films (The Railway Man,… Read more

April 2016

The Bible: Cultural Critique and Transformation

Mon 4 April 2016, 2:00 pm to Thu 7 April 2016, 5:00 pm
The Bible is notably the most translated book in human history. Its worldwide popularity has shaped political, economic and cultural relations in societies where it is read. Its entrenchment in history has made it a language for readers, interpreters and textual critics alike who have found the Bible a useful critique to address issues of concern within their contexts and so to voice various calls for social and cultural transformation. Despite the fact that the study of the Bible in… Read more
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