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Biblical & Religious Studies

Welcome to Biblical and Religious Studies

In accordance with the requirements of the new National Curriculum Policy on Education that religious education focus on the general phenomenon of religion and not on a specific religion only, the name of the subject Biblical and Religious Studies changed to Biblical and Religion Studies (code: REL) in 2006. Contents of the course now focus not only on the Bible, but also on various other world religions, without alienating our traditional students from the subject. Therefore we offer a wider range of modules to all students.

Values, vision and mission

Religion is a human phenomenon. In the programme Biblical and Religion Studies different religions (African Traditional Religions, Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism) are treated as that. Keeping in line with the changing circumstances in a multi-religious South African society, Biblical and Religion Studies seek to understand the world and the various existing perceptions of religion. Students gain valuable knowledge about the different world religions and as a result they become prepared for conducting themselves in a diverse religious and cultural environment. Therefore our subject fits into almost all the programmes at UP as an elective subject.

 

News

Dawie Roodt emphasises the key role played by universities in economic growth in South Africa - 18/11/2014
As part of the Informatics/Gijima lecture series presented at the University of Pretoria, Dawie Roodt, Director and Chief Economist of the Efficient Group, spoke about how he views the next ten years from an economist’s perspective. As a nationally renowned economist who specialises in government finance and monetary policy he focused on the importance of private property rights and also referred to how humankind has evolved over time.
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Energetics gives new insight into the decline of cheetahs - 18/11/2014
An acclaimed international study looking into new reasons behind the dwindling numbers of cheetah in southern Africa had its inception at the University of Pretoria. Before this study, it was commonly thought that cheetah numbers were declining partly as a result of larger predators stealing their prey, thus lessening the availability of food and forcing them to expend more energy in search of food. However, a recent study offers new insight into why cheetahs may become vulnerable with regard to their energy levels, which could affect their general health and well-being and result in their ultimate decline.
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Pioneering publication by UP academic - 18/11/2014
Prof Alois Mlambo, Head of the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, recently launched his latest book, which was well received by academics, critics and readers. Entitled A history of Zimbabwe, the book is the first concise, single-volume history of Zimbabwe and provides an accessible and comprehensive synthesis of that country’s lived experience from the pre-colonial and colonial periods to recent times in independent Zimbabwe.
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Theology researchers recognised by the National Research Foundation - 14/11/2014
Prof Hans van Oort’s NRF A-rating was recently renewed for the next five years, while Prof Etienne de Villiers received a C2-rating from the NRF. This brings the Faculty of Theology's rated scholars to 16 – one A, one B, 13 Cs and one Y.
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UP researcher finds ways to improve the well-being of wildlife - 07/11/2014
Although wild animals have been captured and chemically immobilised for years (by using a form of anaesthesia induced by drugs in a dart), very little is known about the short- and long-term consequences of capture and the effects of immobilising drugs on wild animals. Dr Leith Meyer, Veterinary Sciences Pharmacology researcher at the University of Pretoria, is committed to finding solutions to improve the well-being of wild animals. The results of his research will help wildlife veterinarians and other conservation practitioners to ensure that the best methods of capture are practised and optimal immobilising drug cocktails and treatments are used.
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Giving the defenceless a voice in court - 06/11/2014
Crimes committed against people with developmental and other disabilities are similar in scope to crimes committed against women, children and the elderly, and yet the victimisation of people with disabilities remains largely unaddressed. This can be ascribed to their being perceived as voiceless and invisible members of society – a perception that makes them attractive targets for their perpetrators because they often believe that their victims will not be able to testify against them in court. Three large-scale research studies are currently under way at the University of Pretoria (UP) to change this situation.
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Dr Johan van Zyl named Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year - 05/11/2014
Dr Johan van Zyl, former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria and one of the University’s most distinguished alumni, was named Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year at a ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre on Tuesday night, 28 October. The Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year award is a prestigious accolade bestowed on recipients voted for by executives of the top 100 companies of the previous year.
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