Department of Theology and Religious Studies

PREAMBLE

The Department of Religious Studies offers undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, namely: Bachelor of Religious Studies Honours Degree, a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) as well as PhD research in the whole area of Religious Studies.

The programmes offered in Religious Studies take a multicultural approach where diversity and tolerance of other religions will be emphasized. These programmes become more important in the light of social and cultural upheaval in wake of globalization, rapid development in information technology and urbanisation.These new challenges emerging from increasing secularism at local, national and international level, in both rural and urban areas require new perspectives from scholars inreligious studies and theology. Such problems require new religious and philosophical insights, deep scholarly research to inform the different religious communities and give the new interpretations of the different religions in a global village. Thus, the Department of Religious Studies is concerned with contributing to the development of knowledge not only in the African contextbut also beyond the borders of Africa.

VISION

To be a unique and pace-setting Religious Studies Department that produces innovative and high caliber graduates equipped with quality information on religious, ethical, philosophical, Biblical and theological domains.

OBJECTIVES
  • To provide well-trained mentors for the different religious institutions nationally and regionally.
  • To provide leadership for religious, biblical, ethical and theological education through consultancy and support services to the community.
  • To facilitate research and publication in Religious Studies.
  • To stimulate collaboration among existing religious bodies and theological institutions in Zimbabwe and beyond.
  • To initiate religious, biblical, ethical and theological initiatives that address the many challenges of the world such as war, HIV/AIDS, famine and environmental change.

 

CAREER PROSPECTS

The Theology and Religious Studies graduates will have career opportunities in Religious institutions, NGOS, the public sector, the uniformed forces, welfare institutions, universities and the private sector.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

5.1 Bachelor of Arts Religious Studies and Theology is a full-time degree programme. Normally, a student will be required to complete the programme in not less than four years from the date of registration.

5.2 At the Third Level of the degree programme, students go on Work Related Learning for 10-12 months.

6.VISITING SCHOOL

The Department also offers visiting school studies in Religious Studies. This is a 3 year programme. It is presumed that students registering for this programme are attached already to their workplaces hence the waiver on Work Related Learning experience.

GOING INTO THE FUTURE

The department looks forward to offer more programmes at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. At the undergraduate level the Department envisages to create an opportunity for students to pursue a degree programme in either of the three key areas: Religious Studies and Theology, Religious Studies and Applied Ethics and Religious Studies and Sustainable Development. It is in these same areas that a student can choose also to pursue studies at post-graduate level. At the post-graduate level, it would be an open choice for a student, guided also by the Department, to choose either going for an MPhil or a taught Masters