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  • Objectives
    A dual degree Biblical Studies and Philosophy is an excellent choice for those seeking a deeper understanding of the Bible and the issues it raises. This degree offers you the chance to explore the history and meaning of the Bible while engaging in philosophical reflection about issues such as those concerning human freedom, human knowledge, and the claims of religion. The Philosophy Department offers an exciting range of courses taught by researchers who are experts in their fields. You can develop your understanding of the key areas of Philosophy such as Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Theory of Knowledge, Political Philosophy, Metaphysics and Logic through the course of your three years. We also offer modules on major figures in the history of Philosophy such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hegel and others.
  • Entry requirements
    -GCE/VCE A Levels - ABB -Two GCE A Levels plus two GCE AS Levels - AB+BB -Scottish Highers - AAAB -Irish Leaving Cert. - AABBB -International Baccalaureate - 33 points -Core Requirements - Grade A in A Level Religious Studies, Philosophy or comparable arts subject
  • Academic Title
    Biblical Studies and Philosophy BA
  • Course description
    This is a list of modules that have been offered in the past. We expect similar modules to be offered for courses starting in 2009.



    Typical First Year Modules
    Module/Unit    

    -De-coding the Bible
    -From Creation to Revelation: The Bible's Founding Narrative    
    -Critical Thinking
    -Human Rights    
    -Matters of Life and Death    
    -Mind, Brain and Personal Identity    
    -Philosophy of Art and Literature    
    -Areas of Philosophy    
    -History of Philosophy    
    -Key Arguments    
    -Knowledge, Justification and Doubt    
    -Philosophy of Religion    
    -Philosophy of Science


    Typical Second Year Modules
    Module/Unit    

    -Descartes and The Empiricists    
    -Ethics: Theoretical and Practical    
    -Ethics: Theoretical and Practical    
    -Feminism    
    -Formal Logic    
    -Greek Texts    
    -Greek Texts    
    -Hebrew Texts    
    -Paradoxes    
    -Paul and His World
    -Philosophy of Art and Literature
    -Philosophy of Law    
    -Philosophy of Mind    
    -Plato    
    -Political Philosophy    
    -Political Philosophy
    -Reference and Truth    
    -The Bible and Archaeology    
    -The Bible and Gender    
    -The Bible and Images of Christ
    -The Bible and the Fourfold Gospel    
    -The Bible and the Historical Imagination    
    -The Bible and the Literary Imagination
    -The Bible and the Poetry of the Erotic (Song of Songs)
    -The Bible and the Postcolonial World    
    -The Bible and the Prophetic VIsion    
    -The Bible and the Tragic Vision (Samuel)    
    -The Rationalists    
    -The Social Contract    
    -Theory of Knowledge    
    -Topics in Ancient Philosophy    
    -Topics in Ancient Philosophy    


    Typical Third Year Modules
    Module/Unit    

    -Dissertation (Dual Honours)    
    -Advanced Logic
    -Desires of One's Own    
    -Epistemology    
    -Feminism: Rationality and Politics    
    -Hegel and His Critics
    -Hobbes and Hume    
    -Imaging God    
    -Kant    
    -Metaphysics    
    -Morality, Identity and Freedom    
    -Paul and His World    
    -Philosophical Problems 1    
    -Philosophical Problems II    
    -Philosophy of Language
    -Philosophy of Mathematics    
    -Philosophy of Psychology    
    -Philosophy of Science    
    -Possible Worlds    
    -Pragmatism    
    -The Bible and Archaeology    
    -The Bible and Field Archaeology    
    -The Bible and Gender
    -The Bible and Images of Christ    
    -The Bible and Perspectives on Paul    
    -The Bible and Theology
    -The Bible and the Apocalyptic Imagination (Revelation)     2
    -The Bible and the Liberation of the Oppressed (Exodus)    
    -The Bible and the Pauline Persona (Galatians)    
    -The Bible and the Poetry of the Erotic (Song of Songs)    
    -The Bible and the Tragic Vision (1 Samuel)    
    -The Gospel and the Gospels
    -The Imagination    
    -Theories of Rights    
    -Value Theory    

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