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Catholic theological studies

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Course overview

Theology is a fascinating and vital subject that challenges those who study it to think critically about God, human existence, the world we live in and the role of religion in our lives. Catholic theological studies is designed to provide students with knowledge of the Catholic theological, intellectual and cultural tradition and the critical issues that arise in the study of its origins, formative periods, and foundational documents. Students will be provided with the skills and ethical understanding to participate in current debates about the place of the Catholic intellectual tradition in a globalised world.

Is this the right course for you?

If you have interest in some of the most profound questions concerning God and humanity this is the course for you. If you seek a sophisticated engagement with Catholic intellectual, ethical and cultural traditions in dialogue with peoples of other living faiths, this is certainly the course for you. If you are interested in analysing the moral, religious and political questions lying at the heart of our culture, you will find this a stimulating and challenging course.

Course content

In the first year, students are introduced to the variety of disciplines that make up Catholic theological studies. These include, amongst others, Biblical studies (Hebrew Bible and the New Testament), theological ethics and liturgical theology. There is also an introduction to philosophy and to the many different academic approaches to the study of religion today. In the second and third year, students engage in a progressively deeper study of the subject matter of these disciplines. A study of the cultural expressions of Catholic Christianity through the ages is a significant theme. The possibility of language studies in Latin, Greek or Hebrew is offered. In the fourth year students have options for the study of advanced topics in these disciplines and are given appropriate guidance in writing a research dissertation.

Assessment

Assessment will be by 1,500 word essays, in-course tests and annual examinations.

Career opportunities

Graduates in theology find employment in fields such as education, social work, business management, the church, the performing arts and the charity sector. The skills and personal qualities they develop over the course of their studies are easily transferable to all sorts of jobs and careers. Thinking clearly, writing well, presenting arguments, analysing texts, assessing evidence, pursuing and organising research: these are all skills that serve students well in all walks of life.

Further information

If you are considering studying Catholic theology you are welcome to contact Dr. Cornelius Casey, the Director of the Loyola Institute: cocasey@tcd.ie

Further information can be found on the Loyola Institute website: www.tcd.ie/loyola-Institute

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