Religion & Public Life
Programme of Study
This strand of the MA is built upon the strengths of the
Religion & Public Life research team at York St John
University, including our professors Sebastian Kim and Pauline
Kollontai. The taught modules cover a range of topics that
allow students to explore some of the different ways in which
religion interacts with society in the UK and elsewhere. The
growing disciplines of Public Theology and Liberation Theology
recognise the importance of allowing religious voices to be heard
in public debate and policy making. The relationship of religion to
politics and ethnicity means it is often at the heart of both
conflict and reconciliation movements, and this is increasingly
important in a global world. Religion is integral to our culture,
and this strand allows students to explore its interactions with
popular culture, science and the arts.
The strand is usually taught on Thursday evenings,
6:30-8:30. To be eligible for a specialist award in Religion &
Public Life, students must complete at least two taught modules
(from a choice of six) and a dissertation relevant to the subject.
Students who want a more general award may take modules from this
strand of the Theology &
Modules in this strand include:
MTHD10: Religion, Peace and
MTHC90: Religion & Popular
MTH022: Theologies of
MTHD30: Religion, Science and
MTHD20: Public Theology
MTHD51: Islam in Contemporary
Why study on this strand?
Modules in this strand may appeal to many different sorts of
- Those who believe that religion, for better or worse, is an
important part of human societies and who want to explore the
implications of this.
- Those who might be wanting to teach religious education in
schools or higher education, and who would value expertise in this
aspect of religious life.
- Those who have an interest in studying religion for
professional development, or as preparation for research in this
Although some qualification in religious studies is helpful, we
do accept people who have studied other subjects at undergraduate
level. It is not necessary to be of any religious persuasion
to fully engage with this module, and current students are from a
very diverse range of backgrounds.