Philosophy and Theology
3 years full-time (minor subject)
|Course type:||Combined honours|
A minimum of 280 UCAS points including grades CC or above at A2 level, BTEC National Diploma with an overall grade of Distinction Merit Merit, or an Access Diploma with a minimum of 39 credits with Merit or Distinction. You will also need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including GCSE English Language, or a recognised equivalent. For alternative qualifications please see our entry requirements page.
Contact for admissions enquiriesAdmissions
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386)
Contact for course content enquiresDr Susan Docherty (Programme Leader for Combined Honours and Head of Theology and Religious Education)
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2231)
Why study Philosophy and Theology?
Graduates of Theology, Philosophy and Religion at Newman will have developed a valuable understanding of a variety of religious traditions and cultures, enabling them to interpret the diverse religious and cultural practices of contemporary society. These skills are increasingly valued by community organisations, personnel and PR firms, charities, the police, the leisure and tourism industry and local councils. The skills of critical thinking and logical analysis of texts developed by the subject make Theology and Philosophy graduates attractive to employers like the Civil Service, accountancy firms and libraries.
Courses at Newman are constantly evolving to reflect changes in the field of study. Therefore, modules listed here are indicative and may be subject to change for each academic year. Some modules are mandatory and some are optional. Not all modules will be available on all routes through the programme you choose, and modules studied will depend on whether you choose minor, joint, major or single honours routes.
Christian Theology: The Classical Tradition
The module will open with an exploration of the students’ own understandings of theology. Then week by week it will map out the nature and range of the theological enterprise through the exploration of the writings of key figures in the Christian tradition. After locating the theologians in their time and context the students will engage with group reading of primary texts. The group will gradually explore the influence of the text’s ideas in the history of Western theology and address the range of that influence today. The different Christian traditions of East and West, pre- and post Reformation, will also be addressed.
God and the Philosophers
This module explores key themes in contemporary philosophy of religion and philosophical theology. The intention of the module is to encourage an appreciation of the different attitudes towards the philosophy of religion taken by historical and contemporary philosophers, and to encourage students to develop their own critical response to the philosophers studied. The module will seek to foster an awareness of contemporary reactions to, and critiques of, analytical philosophy of religion.
Radical Theologies and Philosophies
The aim of this module is to explore and assess the contribution of radical thought and action to the broader field of contemporary Christian theology. This will entail an examination of a range of movements from the 20th and 21st century, and will be developed in a detailed study of the thought of selected theologians and philosophers.
Christian Theology and Modernity
The module will start with a brief survey of the intellectual currents of modernity e.g. the rise of historical consciousness, the turn to the subject, the growth in secularism, and of atheistic materialism. Then the work of a representative group of Christian theologians will be examined critically in the light of this modern framework. Vatican II will act as the concluding point of the module.
Issues in Contemporary Ethics
This module is designed to engage the student in the application of the principles of Christian Ethics to a variety of particular issues in social and medical ethics.
Science and the Cosmos: The Search for Meaning
This module is designed to encourage an appreciation of how developments in contemporary science might inform some of the central debates in metaphysics, philosophy and theology. The module will foster an awareness of the way in which scientific discourse is underpinned by philosophical assumptions and it will encourage students to develop a critical analysis of whether empirical science can, on its own terms, respond adequately to key philosophical and theological questions such as 'who are we?', 'why are we here?' and 'how should we live?'
Jewish Studies: Ancient and Modern
This module will offer an overview of important aspects of Jewish faith, history and literature, including the origins of Israel as recounted in the Hebrew Bible, Jewish law, selected Inter-Testamental and rabbinic texts, and the modern period (with a focus on 20th century Europe). The cultural and political influences on Jewish beliefs and life (e.g. ancient empires, the interaction with Hellenism, Nazi ideology) will be considered.
Values and Virtues
The intention of this module is to guide students towards developing an appreciation of the relationship between culture and philosophy. It is designed to encourage an appreciation of the ways in which ideas about virtue and 'the good life' have changed over time, influenced by and influencing particular historical contexts. It will explore how ideas current in ancient Greek thought have since been reasserted and recast by twentieth century philosophers.
Philosophy of Truth: Conceptions of the Good, the True and the Beautiful
This module will encourage students to engage with key philosophical thinker in the Western canon and will study how post-modern philosophers have reacted against their 'modern' inheritance. Certain important philosophical themes will be addressed such as the use of myth and language in philosophy, the possibility of philosophical truth and knowledge, the death of God and noncognitivism. Students will be encouraged to explore and develop their own philosophical reaction to developments in post-modern philosophy.
The Cathedrals and the English Spiritual Traditions
The module will be taught in an intensive field study mode, based on a series of visits to regional Cathedrals and Minsters where there will be an opportunity to study the religious culture of past societies at different sites. There will be a briefing session beforehand to introduce the aims of the module to the participants and to deal with practical issues. During the visit there will be lectures, workshops and guided visits to places of importance. Students will plan and carry out practical research related to their chosen topics and will give presentations and prepare final assessment tasks.
Education Studies with Philosophy and Theology X3V5 BA/EdSWPT
English with Philosophy and Theology Q3V5 BA/EWPT
History with Philosophy and Theology V1V5 BA/HWPTh
Management & Business with Philosophy and Theology N2V5 BA/MSWPT
Psychology with Philosophy and Theology C8V5 BA/PWPT
Sports Studies with Philosophy and Theology C6V5 BA/SSWPT