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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

Nobel Prize Laureate celebrated science on Mandela Day - 22/07/2014
‘Scientists love what they do and every day there is the possibility that they might discover something new and exciting,’ said Prof Martin C Michel, welcoming everybody to the Mandela Day Public Lecture on 18 July 2014.
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Photographs speak louder than words - 22/07/2014
Rory du Plessis, Visual Cultural Studies lecturer in the University of Pretoria (UP)'s Department of Visual Arts, has just returned from a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin. The awarded fellowship forms part of his interdisciplinary doctoral studies and was in the research cluster 'Encounters between Medicine, Literature, Philosophy and their Circulation in Public Debates'.
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UP-Yale team receives international excellence award for child-related research - 22/07/2014
The Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof Irma Eloff, received an international excellence in research award on 22 July 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, on behalf of the team of UP-Yale researchers which were led by herself and Dr Brian Forsyth from Yale University.
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Damage will rest where it falls if fracking goes ahead, UP professor of law warns - 21/07/2014
Prof Birgit Kuschke is talking about an issue few lawyers in South Africa focus on. Kuschke is one of a handful of legal academics who are working on issues regarding insurance against environmental damage. Having already worked on issues around genetically modified organisms, electromagnetic fields and toxic mould, her attention has now shifted to the legal effects of fracking. While many have voiced concern about the grievous effects fracking has on the environment, such as water damage and the migration of pollution, few have discussed the massive legal and financial ramifications, especially for the insurance industry.
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UP Choirs excel at World Choir Games - 21/07/2014
The UP Youth Choir and the UP Camerata Choir participated in the World Choir Games, also known as the ‘Olympics for Choirs’, that was held in Riga, Latvia, from 9 to 14 July. Both choirs performed exceptionally well, bringing back a total of five gold medals between them.
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'UP is a good example in the progress for positive change in South Africa' - 18/07/2014
This is according to Emeritus Justice Albie Sachs, who on 14 July launched his latest book, Albie Sachs and the Transformation in South Africa. UP’s Department of Jurisprudence in the Faculty of Law, in collaboration with the uBuntu Project, were hosts to this book launch in the Musaion on the Hatfield Campus. The book has close ties with UP as it was co-written by two of our very own professors, Drucilla Cornell and Karin van Marle.
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Drama student named ‘best director’ at the 2014 Student Festival of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown - 18/07/2014
UP drama student Gopala Davies won the coveted award for ‘best director’ at the 2014 Student Festival of the National Arts Festival for his production Barbe Bleue: a story about madness. The production was the Drama Department’s official entry for the NAF Student Festival. Seventeen institutions participated in the festival, ranging from drama departments at traditional universities to private training institutions. Barbe Bleue is a physically driven performance that highlights the effect of madness on a relationship.
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