Is theology for you?
A theology degree offers an opportunity to deepen your understanding of religious traditions and the impact that they have had upon the world in which we live today. The degree focuses on the development of theological beliefs and practices across different religions, with special emphasis on Christianity and western civilisation.
Religions play a key role in our world today. They inspire people to act with tremendous kindness, as well as to commit atrocious violence. This ambivalence demands scholarly attention. In today’s multi-religious societies, we need to be able to understand and interpret the diverse theological beliefs and practices around us, and foster understanding between both religious and non-religious traditions.
Theology is a liberal arts degree and is open to all, irrespective of beliefs or religious or non-religious background. It provides a vital space for critical dialogue in today’s multi-religious societies. Course topics include world religions, spirituality, biblical literature, religious ethics, and theological doctrine.
The degree also offers a flexible range of studies in other world religions, in Australian indigenous culture, and appeals to students from different professional backgrounds or disciplines seeking to enhance their career options and/or advance to postgraduate study.
Only a small number of universities in Australia offer Theology as a degree program in its own right. This places the University of Newcastle in an important position to be able to facilitate religious and inter-religious debate and dialogue in a sophisticated and informed way. Recent staff appointments demonstrate the University's commitment to delivering the highest quality of teaching and research in theology and the discipline has developed one of the strongest library collections at the University. A recent national research assessment showed Newcastle to have a profile in Religion and Theology which is 'above world class' and at the very top tier of such research in Australia.
The partnership with the Broken Bay Institute, Sydney, strengthens our teaching and research capacity, enabling an expanded variety of theology courses to be offered at all levels at a Sydney campus location as well as online.