The Department of Religion and Theology at UWC offers modules in three
subject areas, namely Theological Studies, Ethics and Religious Studies.
Collaborative research activities in the department take place in terms of four research frameworks, namely on "Moral education towards a human rights culture", "Ecumenical theology and social transformation in Africa", "Christian ecological theology" and "Biblical, theological and contextual hermeneutics and rhetoric".
The programmes in (Christian) Theological Studies continue a long and
proud history of theological training at the University of the Western Cape
since the inception of the Faculty of Theology in 1972. The approach that is
followed is thoroughly ecumenical and deeply rooted in the South African and
broader African contexts.
Ethics is offered as a subject at Bachelors and postgraduate levels. The
focus here is on the moral and religious foundations of society and more
specifically on the task of moral education and formation towards a human
rights culture in the South African context.
Religious Studies is fully integrated in the study of Ethics, given the
ways in which moral judgements are typically shaped by religious traditions.
In addition, the Department also offers, subject to student interest,
modules in Islamic Studies at the Honours level.