Honour School of Theology and Religion

Differences from 2016/17 to 2022/23

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A

  • 1. The examination in the Honour School of Theology and Religion shall include:

    • (1) Biblical Studies

    • (2) Systematic Theology and Ethics

    • (3) History of Religions

    • (4) Religion and Religions

    • (5) Such other subjects as the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion shall from time to time prescribe by regulation.

  • 2. No candidate shall be admitted to examination in this school unless he or she has either passed or been exempted from the First Public Examination.

  • 3. The Examination in this school shall be under the supervision of the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, which shall prescribe the necessary regulations.

B

  • 1. All candidates will be required to offer eight papers  from the lists below. All Candidates will be required to submit a thesis (Paper 3000) at the end of Hilary Term of their final year in the Honour School as one of the eight papers in the Final Honour School.

    2. All candidates must offer four papers chosen from the list below, with the exception of Senior Status students who may offer up to five papers from the list below.

    • (1)i. Seven papers to be taken from a list published  Biblical Studies

      Paper (2101) The Narrative World ofby the Hebrew Bible

      Paper (2102) The Poetic WorldFaculty of the Hebrew Bible

      Paper (2103) The Gospels

      (2) Systematic Theology and Ethics

      Paper (2201) History of Doctrine

      Paper (2202) Ethics I: Christian Moral Reasoning

      Paper (2203) Themes in Nineteenth-Century Theology and Religion

      Paper (2204)at Keythe Themes in Systematic Theology

      (3) Historybeginning of Religions

      Papereach (2301)academic Historyyear. The mode of assessment will vary depending on the paper and Theologyit will be prescribed in the course information published by the Faculty , which will also indicate any restrictions relevant to individual papers. Modes of theassessment Earlyinclude: Churchwritten (64-337AD)

      Paperexamination, (2302)submitted Medievalwritten Religions

      Paper (2303) Early Modern Christianity 1500-1648

      Paper (2304) Formationwork of Rabbinicspecified Judaism

      Paperlength (2305)and Islama in the Classical Period

      Paper (2306) Foundationscombination of Buddhism

      Paperthese. (2307)The Hinduism: Sourceslength, and Formations

      (4)deadlines for the Religionsubmission andof Religions

      Paperwritten (2401)work Modernfor Judaism

      Paper (2402) Islam in Contemporary Society

      Paper (2403) Buddhism in Space and Time

      Paper (2404) Modern Hinduism

      Paper (2405) Science and Religion

    3. All candidates must offer threeindividual papers chosenwill from the list below, with the exception of Senior Status students who may offer up to two papers from the list below if they are offering five papers from 2101 to 2405.

    • (1) Biblical Studies

    • Paper (3101) Hebrew of the Hebrew Bible;

    • Paper (3102) Paul and the Pauline Tradition;

    • Paper (3103) Biblical Interpretation: Perspectives from the Social Sciences;

    • Paper (3104) Gender and Power in Biblical Texts;

    • Paper (3105) Worship and Liturgy in the Hebrew Bible;

    • Paper (3106) Prophecy and Revelation in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond;

    • Paper (3107) Law, Teaching and Wisdom in Biblical Tradition;

    • Paper (3108) Early Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism;

    • Paper (3109) New Testament Theology;

    • Paper (3110) Study of a New Testament Book;

    • Paper (3111) The Afterlife of the New Testament;

    • Paper (3112) The Old Testament in Early Christianity

    • (2) Systematic Theology and Ethics

    • Paper (3201) Contemporary Theology and Culture;

    • Paper (3203) Analytic Philosophy and Christian Theology;

    • Paper (3204) Ethics II: Religious Ethics;

    • Paper (3208) Origen;

    • Paper (3209) Augustine;

    • Paper (3210) Anselm;

    • Paper (3211) Aquinas;

    • Paper (3212) Luther;

    • Paper (3213) Calvin;

    • Paper (3214) Kierkegaard;

    • Paper (3215) Newman;

    • Paper (3217) Barth;

    • Paper (3218) Tillich;

    • Paper (3219) Bonhoeffer;

    • Paper (3220) Rahner;

    • Paper (3221) Liberation Theology and its Legacy;

    • Paper (3222) Postliberal Theology;

    • Paper (3223) Radical Orthodoxy;

    • Paper (3224) Modern Debates concerning the Trinity;

    • Paper (3225) Modern Debates concerning Christology;

    • Philosophy Paper 107 Philosophy of Religion (asbe specified in the Regulationsofficial forpaper Philosophy in all Honour Schools including Philosophy)

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    • (3)ii. HistoryA thesis of Religions

    • Paperup (3301)to From12,000 Nicaeawords, to Chalcedon;

    • Paper (3302) Saints and Sanctity in the Age of Bede;

    • Paper (3303) Faith, Reason, and Religion from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Age;

    • Paper (3304) Eastern Christianities from Constantinople to Baghdad;

    • Paper (3305) Further Studies in Judaism;

    • Paper (3306) Further Studies in Islam;

    • Paper (3307) Further Studies in Buddhism;

    • Paper (3308) Further Studies in Hinduism;

    • Paper (3309) Studies in the Abrahamic Religions;

    • Paper (3310) Varieties of Judaism 100BCE - 100CE

    • (4) Religion and Religions

    • Paper (3401) The Nature of Religion;

    • Paper (3402) Psychology of Religion;

    • Paper (3403) Sociology of Religion;

    • Paper (3404) Further Studies in Science and Religion;

    • Paper (3405) Mysticism;

    • Paper (3406) Feminist Approaches to Theology and Religion.

    4. Not all papers will be available every year.

    5.submitted Papers (2101) The Narrative World of the Hebrew Bible; (2102) The Poetic World of the Hebrew Bible; (2103) The Gospels; (2204) Key Themes in Systematic Theology; (2301) History and Theology of the Early Church (64-337AD); (2303) Early Modern Christianity 1500-1648; (3101) Hebrew of the Hebrew Bible; (3102) Paul and the Pauline Tradition, and (3301) From Nicaea to Chalcedon will be available every year.

    6. Candidates may not offer more than two papers from (3303) Faith, Reason and Religion from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Age; (3305) Further Studies in Judaism; (3306) Further Studies in Islam; (3307) Further Studies in Buddhism; (3308) Further Studies in Hinduism; (3404) Further Studies in Science and Religion and (3405) Mysticism.

    7. All candidates will be required to submit a thesis (Paper 3000) by noon on Monday of Week 9 of Hilary Term in the final year of the Honour School as one of their eight papers.  The thesis must not exceed 12,000 words, inclusive of notes and appendices but excluding bibliography. The subject of the thesis need not fall within the areas covered by the papers listed in the Honour School of Theology and Religion. It may overlap any subject or period on which the candidate offers papers, but the candidate should not reproduce the content of his or her thesis in any answer to a question in the examination. Prior approval of the title and subject of the thesis must be obtained from the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion. Such approval must be sought not later than 4pm on Friday of Week 3 of Michaelmas Term in the final year of the Honour School. The request for approval should be made electronically on a form found in the course handbook which must be signed by the candidate’s tutor stating that this subject has his or her approval. The request must include an abstract of approximately 100 words addressing how the topic will be treated, and an indicative bibliography.

     
  • Upon submission every candidate shall sign a letter declaring the thesis to have the same title as that previously approved by the Faculty Board, and to be his or her own work, and that it has not already been submitted (wholly or substantially) for an Honour School other than one involving Theology and Religion, or another degree of this University, or a degree of any other institution. This letter, which can be found in the course handbook, shall be presented together with but separate from the thesis. No thesis shall be ineligible for examination because it has been or is being submitted for any prize of this University.

  • 82. CandidatesAll who take any of papers (3305) Further Studies in Judaism; (3306) Further Studies in Islam; (3307) Further Studies in Buddhism; (3308) Further Studies in Hinduism; or (3404) Further Studies in Science and Religioncandidates will be required to submit ana extended essay for each paperthesis by noon on Monday of Week 1 of Trinity Term in the final year of the Honour School. Extended essays should not exceed 10,000 words, inclusive of notes and appendices but excluding bibliography. Prior approval of the subject of the extended essay must be obtained from the Chair of the Study of Religion Subject Group, acting on behalf of the Undergraduate Studies Committee. Such approval must be sought not later than 4pm on Friday of Week 7 of Michaelmas Term in the final year of the Honour School. The request for approval should be made electronically on a form provided by the Faculty Office which must be signed by the candidate’s tutor stating that this subject has his or her approval. The request must include an abstract of approximately 100 words addressing how the topic will be treated, and an indicative bibliography.

    Upon submission every candidate shall sign a letter declaring the extended essay to have the same title as that previously approved by the Study of Religion Subject Group, and to be his or her own work and that it has not already been submitted (wholly or substantially) for an Honour School other than one involving Theology and Religion, another degree of this University, or a degree of any other institution. This letter, which can be found in the Handbook, shall be presented together with but separate from the extended essay. No extended essay shall be ineligible for examination because it has been or is being submitted for any prize of this University.

    9. Candidates who take papers (3303) Faith, Reason, and Religion from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Age or (3405) Mysticism will be required to submit two long essays by noon on Monday Week 1 of Trinity Term in the final year of the Honour School. Essays should not exceed 5,000 words, inclusive of notes and appendices but excluding bibliography. The first of these essays is chosen from a list of prescribed titles; the subject of the second is chosen by the student in consultation with his or her tutor. Prior approval of the title of that essay must be obtained from the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion. Such approval must be sought not later than 4p.m. on Friday of Week 4 of Hilary Term of the final year. The request should be made electronically on a form found in the course handbook which must be signed by the candidate’s tutor stating that this subject has his or her approval. The request must include an abstract of approximately 100 words addressing how the topic will be treated, and an indicative bibliography.

    Upon submission every candidate shall sign a letter declaring each of the two essays to be his or her own work and that neither has already been submitted (wholly or substantially) for an Honour School other than one involving Theology and Religion, another degree of this University, or a degree of any other institution. In addition every candidate shall sign a letter declaring the second essay to have the same title as that previously approved by the Faculty Board. This letter, which can be found in the course handbook, shall be presented together with but separate from the essay. No essay shall be ineligible for examination because it has been or is being submitted for any prize of this University.

    10. Candidates who take papers (3109) New Testament Theology; (3110) Study of a New Testament Book; (3111) The Afterlife of the New Testament; (3112) The Old Testament in Early Christianity; (3201) Contemporary Theology and Culture; or (3406) Feminist Approaches to Theology and Religion will be required both to sit a two hour written examination and to submit an essay for each paper offered. Essays must be submitted by noon on Monday of Week 1 of Hilary Term in the final year of the Honour School.  EssaysThe shouldthesis must not exceed 212,500000 words, inclusive of notes and appendices but excluding bibliography. The subject of the essay will be decided in consultation with their subject tutor.

    Upon submission every candidate shall sign a letter declaring the essay to be his or her own work and that it has not already been submitted (wholly or substantially) for an Honour School other than one involving Theology and Religion, or another degree of this University, or a degree of any other institution. This letter, which can be found in the course handbook, shall be presented together with but separate from the essay. No essay shall be ineligible for examination because it has been or is being submitted for any prize of this University. 

    11. All papers not listed in paragraphs 7-10 will be examined by three hour written examination.