BA (Hons) History and Theology & Ethics

Overview

This course allows you to jointly study History & Theology & Ethics, giving you a fully rounded experience of both subjects.

History is essential in understanding what the past means for us in the twenty-first century. Here at BGU, you won’t just study history through documents, you’ll learn through placements, site visits and the archives and museums that the ancient city of Lincoln has to offer.

Whether you describe yourself as agnostic, atheist or a firm believer, if you have a passionate interest in the ethical, political, philosophical and religious issues of our time, this course is perfect for you. Here at BGU, we can look back on many years of experience in teaching Religious Studies, Philosophy and Theology. We designed this degree to bring the oldest of academic subjects into the present day – combining the richness of ancient tradition with the relevance and freshness of a 21st-century subject.

Please note this course is subject to revalidation.

Key Facts
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS Code: V2V6
Academic School: School of Humanities
Duration: 3 years
Mode of Study: Full-time
Start Date: September
Awarding Institution: Bishop Grosseteste University
Institution Code: B38
Entry Requirements

You will normally need 96 -112 UCAS tariff points (from a maximum of four Advanced Level qualifications). We welcome a range of qualifications that meet this requirement, such as A/AS Levels, BTEC, Access Courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Pre-U, Extended Project etc.

However this list is not exhaustive – please click here for details of all qualifications in the UCAS tariff.

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About The Course
History

History is essential in understanding what the past means for us in the twenty-first century. Here at BGU, you won’t just study history through documents, you’ll learn through placements, site visits and the archives and museums that the ancient city of Lincoln has to offer. Discover the ages in a dynamic and exciting way; through words, images, buildings and artefacts.

Throughout the course, you will discover a number of the modules which take a more thematic approach where you may explore critical issues such as community and public history, local history or war and commemoration. During your final year, with advice and guidance from academic staff, you will also choose to focus on a topic, period or theme that is of particular interest to you. This allows you to tailor the course to your own interests and particular career aspirations.

On this course, you will explore a range of fascinating topics spanning a number of historical eras, in a wide variety of local, national and global contexts. You’ll analyse data, construct arguments and engage in real historical research, along with looking at how history is encountered within the community. You’ll also take a work-based placement at an archive, museum or other historic sites.

This course will help to build your skills as a historian, from introductory subjects in your first year through to a research-based dissertation in your final year. As well as learning about people in the past, you will investigate how people today engage with history and consider how the past can be brought alive.

Theology & Ethics

This course offers a different type of Theology and Ethics – we like to think of it as Theology ‘with its sleeves rolled up’. Our hands-on programme will take you beyond the classroom and will open doors that have the potential to change your life and empower you to make a difference to the world you inhabit.

Get ready to look at recent trends in theology alongside the implications of scientific discovery, exploring religious debate together with arguments for atheism and for the existence of God. You won’t stop studying world religions, however. You’ll also explore other key events and issues related to terrorism, race, gender and sexuality. Here at BGU, we have many years’ experience in teaching Religious Studies, Philosophy and Theology. We designed this degree to bring the oldest of academic subjects firmly into the present day – combining the richness of ancient tradition with the relevance and freshness of a 21st-century subject.

Throughout the course you’ll develop your curiosity and fascination about different religious cultures, learning from hands-on experience and developing research skills and critical evaluation skills.

Delivery

There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.

You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.

Placements are a key part of degree study at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

Assessment

We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, so we use a variety of assessment strategies on our courses.

In History, a variety of assessment methods are used, which include essays, reports, presentations and written tests. We support you in this work through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops and a wide range of field visits. History is primarily a written subject and consequently, much of the assessment of the course is based on essays and reports. There are a few exams, which often include analysis of provided source material, either text or images. There are also a smaller number of oral presentations and the production of portfolios of research material.

On our Theology courses, we believe that we have an imaginative approach to assessment that allows us to utilise your strengths. We assess our students using a wide range of methods which include written assignments, paired and single presentations, research-based dissertations, files of work and exams. A good deal of continual assessment and easy access to our course tutors means that we are in a strong position to get the best possible results from our students.

Careers & Further Study

The study of history teaches you how to assemble and assess evidence from a wide range of sources – archival and digital, textual and visual. It teaches transferable skills in the analysis of data and the robust construction of arguments using critical reasoning supported by evidence.

Possible future careers for History graduates may include museums work, education and outreach work, publishing, law and public policy, information research and management, working as an archivist or librarian, or journalism. Successful graduates of this course have also continued to study for Masters degrees at BGU.

Combining your study with Theology & Ethics opens up a variety of other career possibilities.

Many Theology students will pursue careers directly related to the disciplines of Theology, Ethics and Religious Studies, in education and schools. However, graduates of this course are highly skilled individuals fully prepared to pursue a wide variety of careers in other fields, such as Community Work, Counselling, Policing, Librarianship, Social Work, work in the third sector, Politics, Museum Work, Education Officers attached to religious buildings or organisations and Media work. Specialised modules and the ability to choose individual routes through our programme will prepare you for whatever career might best suit your interests.

As well as an in-depth understanding of ethical and theological issues, you will gain a wide range of transferable skills which will prepare you for further study or employment. Possible future careers for Theology & Ethics graduates may include work as an RE Teacher/Primary specialist, Theology lecturer, Social or Youth work, Politics and Policy planning or Museum work.

Year 1 Modules
This module covers a broad sweep of Christian history, covering important foundation stages, personalities and concepts attached to the historical and theological development of Christianity from the Early Church, through the middles-ages and the Reformations to the modern age. It will look at the contributions to theology of some of outstanding thinkers such as Augustine of Hippo, Aquinas and Luther, as well as modern theologians such as Barth and Rahner.
This module explores the history and beliefs of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Sikhism, as well as some of the ways in which those beliefs and assumptions are expressed in everyday life and practice. You will be offered first-hand experience of the various faiths through visits to places of worship, meetings with faith-adherents, guest speakers and the use of various sources produced from within those faith traditions.
During this module you will study aspects of the chronological account of the development of late medieval England and consider the period’s historical significance and legacy. The module will consider various political, social, cultural and economic perspectives, as well as different interpretations in the historical literature.
You will study aspects of the chronological account of the development of early modern Britain, and consider the period’s historical significance and legacy. The module will investigate various political, social, economic and cultural perspectives, and will include the study of prominent themes and events associated with the period.
This module serves as an introduction to the subject of history, offering a snapshot of some of the themes covered in subsequent modules. You will consider key areas of theory and practice covered in subsequent modules in history, such as the significance of schools of historical thought, key source types and popular interpretative approaches.
Year 2 Modules
This module will investigate a range of interdisciplinary approaches and materials, with sessions exploring the benefits, complexities and difficulties of thinking and working across subjects in the arts and humanities. The content will include relevant and topical themes that encourage and enrich interdisciplinary approaches, for example: ‘War and Commemoration’, 'Culture, Ethnicity and Identity' , ‘The Country and the City’, ‘Revolution and Reaction’; and ‘Belief and Blasphemy’.
This module covers both critical approaches to understanding holocaust education and the ways in which it is delivered in contemporary society. It explores major concepts including: the relationship between perpetrators, rescuers, bystanders and victims; anti-Semitism at key points in British and European history; filmographic perspectives on Judaism, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust; and critical and pedagogic approaches to exploring holocausts in contemporary learning settings, including through the school curriculum and Holocaust Memorial Day.
Religion has not always had a positive encounter with either sexuality or racial minorities, and these encounters continue to be an area that is attached with great importance. By examining political theologies from core thinkers such as Gutierrez, Loades and Cone, this module will offer students opportunities to encounter issues of poverty, sexuality powerlessness and liberative theologies, including Latin American, Black theology, Feminist theology, Gay theology, and Green theology.
You will study aspects of the chronological development of the Atlantic during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The module will investigate various political, social, economic and cultural perspectives, and will include the study of prominent themes and events associated with the period.
This module provides you with an experience of the world of work in the form of a placement or work experience or a project with employer involvement. It enables you to apply knowledge and skills in a real-life context offering them a valuable experience to draw on when they present themselves to employers or selectors upon graduation.
This module will allow you to explore various forms of historical sources available to the historian investigating communities and families in the past, including: visual, oral and textual; tangible and intangible; and official and private. This will be undertaken through visits to local archive offices and other sites, and the use of electronic repositories.
Year 3 Modules
During this module, you will undertake a wide-ranging critical study of the political, social and cultural chronology of the Cold War from a number of differing geo-political perspectives including that of Great Britain and other European nations. The module will give significant focus to the conquest of Space as a specific element of Cold War politics.
There is no set syllabus for this module - rather, you will be introduced to a wide range of research skills including: source gathering, information gathering, analytical techniques and the preparation of a critical argument, which will allow you to undertake a project, drawing on tutors’ advice as well as your own interests and instincts. You will conduct your research through self-formulated questions, supported by the gathering of relevant information and opinion along organized lines of enquiry.
Film, cartoon, radio and music are important facets of contemporary communication and as such plays a role in modern society that is ever growing in importance - no contemporary study of society would be complete without an examination of this form of media. This module provides an opportunity to reflect on the way in which the Christian religion and Theology in general is represented in, influences, and affects media products.
After preliminary consideration of what is meant by 'modernity', 'religion' and 'atheism', this module examines the thought of some central thinkers, both theistic and atheistic, and the implications of their thought for religious questions. It then looks at some challenging themes and issues, such as the problems of evil, religious and cultural pluralism, the challenge of moral relativism, the 'death of God', the ‘New atheism’ and the emergence of various forms of 'Christian atheism'.
You will study aspects of the chronological development of the British empire, its colonies and its decline across the long 19th century. The module will investigate various political, social, economic and cultural perspectives, and will give significant focus to the impact that British imperial policies had on other peoples and nations.
This independent study module is an opportunity for you to explore selected themes and issues in the thinking and practice in history. The module will build on areas of knowledge, application and interest gained in preceding modules in the programme.
Academic Staff
Dr Craig Spence
Programme leader

Craig is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for History. His academic career commenced with advanced re

Dr Jack Cunningham
Programme leader

Reader in Ecclesiastical History

Jack Cunningham teaches on the undergraduate Theol

Mark Plater
Academic Staff

Mark Plater coordinates and teaches on the Secondary PGCE Religious Education programme. He also teaches va

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