Religious Studies Postgraduate Programmes

POSTGRADUATE ACADEMIC PROGRAMME

IN RELIGION AND HUMAN RELATIONS

The Department of Religion and Human Relations offers postgraduate programmes leading to Masters of Arts (M.A) and Ph. D degrees in Religion and Human Relations.

 

  1. Philosophy

The philosophy of the M.A. and Ph.D. programmes is to train and develop scholars who will be concerned with the critical study of the African religious and cultural life in all its diversity. Emphasis is placed on those religious traditions which have the greatest importance in the history of Africa (African traditional religious traditions, Christianity and Islam) with their ethical demands. The emerging scholars will develop the ability to understand, analyze and critically interpret the nature of religious reality as well as the mutual interplay of religious features with other elements in the broader social and cultural context.

 

  1. Objectives

The objectives of the programme are:

  1. To educate the students to understand the religious phenomena for what they are –  “human experience sui generis” and be able to relate them to experiences in other areas of human life.
  2. To deepen the students’ critical and analytical understanding of the religious traditions of the world with special reference to the African context.
  • To encourage an in-depth study of specific areas within the discipline with a view to a specialized research.
  1. To produce graduates familiar with the methodological and theoretical developments in the (relative) fields of Religion who will be able to apply their knowledge to their environment and also make their own contribution to universal scholarship.
  2. To produce specialists who will be able to teach different aspects of Religion and Human Relations in Universities and Institutes of Higher Learning.
  3. To help students to develop independent thought and critical judgement and tolerance in the field of Religion with a view to greater understanding and harmonious living in society.
  • To deepen the candidates’ critical and analytical understanding of Religious and Cultural Traditions of mankind with special reference to the African context.
  • To encourage an in-depth study of specific areas within the subject with a view to pursue specialized research.
  1. To produce graduates familiar with the methodological and theoretical developments in the relevant fields of Religion and Cultural Studies who will be able to apply their knowledge to their environment and also make their own contribution to universal scholarship.
  2. To promote the students’ careers in teaching, administration, the law courts and the foreign services.
  3. To give the students thorough grounding in major areas of Christianity and Islam as well as the cultures and institutions of Christians and Muslims.

 

  1. Admission Requirements
  2. a) A. Programme

All candidates must possess the minimum of five Ordinary Level Credit Passes which must include English Language and any four of the Arts and Social Science subjects.

 

Candidates must possess a good Bachelors degree in Religion and its variants (e.g. Religious Studies, Religious and Cultural Studies, Religious management and Cultural Studies, Islamic or Christian Religious Studies, Theology, etc.), not lower than a Second Class Lower division, from a recognized university.

All candidates shall be subjected to a selection process.

 

  1. b) D. Programme

Candidate must possess a good Master’s degree in Religion or its variants from a recognized university, with a CGPA not below 3.5 on a five-point scale. Candidates who did not make up to 3.5 will be required to register for the M.Phil/Ph.D programme. Such candidates must present two seminars and a research proposal for grading and must score a minimum CGPA of 3.5 before proceeding to the Ph.D, otherwise the M.Phil Degree should be awarded upon the submission of a thesis. This thesis should be examined following the procedure of a Ph.D. thesis.

Duration of Programmes

M.A.

  1. a) The full-time M.A. programme would run a minimum of three semesters, and a maximum of four
  2. b) The part-time M.A. programmes would run for six semesters and a maximum of eight semesters.

 

Ph.D.

  1. The full-timeD. programme would run for a minimum of six semesters, and maximum of eight                             semesters.
  2. The part-timeD. programme would run for eight semesters and a maximum of too semesters.

 

Overstay Students

Candidates who fail to graduate at the expiration of the mandatory duration may be allowed to apply for an extension. The application to the SPGS Board for possible extension and completion shall be made through the Department and Faculty. A case can be made by the Board to the Senate for the completion of the programmes.

 

  1. Areas of Specialisation: M.A. and Ph.D.
  2. African Traditional Religion
  3. Biblical Studies: Old and New Testaments
  4. Church History
  5. Islamic Studies
  6. Religious Ethics and Philosophy
  7. Sociology and Religion
  8. Philosophy of Religion
  9. Comparative Religion
  10. Ethics and Philosophy
  11. Interaction of Religion
  12. Islamic History, Thought and Institutions
  13. Islamic Law and Jurispredence
  14. Qur’anic and Hadith Sciences
  15. Islamic Religious Movements and Modern Development/New Religious Movements

 

 

  1. Requirements for Graduation

M.A. Programme

  1. i) To be awarded the M.A. degree a student must have taken and passed the prescribed number of compulsory and required courses selected from the approved list, and totalling 30 units as follows:

Core Courses                         24 units

Thesis/Dissertation              6 units

Total                                       30 units

 

  1. ii) In all cases, M.A. students must write and submit to the department a thesis/dissertation duly supervised by a lecturer in the department whose qualifications are not below the Ph.D. Such a thesis must be defended before an external examiner nominated by the department and appointed by Senate for that purpose.

 

Ph.D. Programme

To graduate, all Ph.D. candidates must take and pass all the requisite courses as prescribed in the Ph.D. course list below totalling 27 units as follows:

Core Courses             18 units

Dissertation/Thesis 9 units

Total                           27 units

 

Every Ph.D. candidate must submit a Dissertation on a chosen and approved topic, supervised by a member of staff whose qualification is not below the Ph.D. and who is not lower than Senior Lecturer in rank.

 

The Ph.D. thesis must be defended before an external examiner duly nominated for that purpose and appointed by Senate.

 

  1. Domain of the Programmes

The M.A. and Ph.D. Programmes shall be domiciled in the Department, and in Faculties of Arts or Humanities of recognized universities.

 

  1. Academic Regulations

Good Standing:  To be in good standing, a student must in each semester have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of not less than 3.0 on a five-point scale.

 

  1. Withdrawal

An M.A. candidate whose CGPA is below 3.0 at the end of the third semester of course work shall be required to withdraw from the university.

 

  1. Attendance

In order to be eligible for examination in a particular taught course, a student shall have attended a minimum of 75% of the total periods of formal instructions delivered for the course.

 

  1. Course Evaluation

In the M.A. and Ph.D. programmes, the assessment of students’ achievements would be based on:

  1. Terminal examinations administered at the end of the course;
  2. Term papers, Seminar Papers,
  • Field Research/Reports, Group projects, etc.

 

  1. Continuous Assessment

All continuous assessment scores shall constitute between 30 40% of the total scores for a course, while the formal examination shall constitute 60-70% of the total scores for a course.

 

  1. External Examination System

For the M.A. and Ph.D. programmes there shall be duly appointed external examiners who would assess and certify the overall performance of the students in their dissertation and thesis and any other aspects of the evaluation process that may from time to time be approved by Senate.

 

 

 

  1. Examinations, Grading Procedure and Results

In addition to continuous assessment, final examinations shall be given at the end of a course. The total scores for continuous assessment shall not be less than 30%, and not be more than 40% of total scores for a course.

 

  1. Pass Mark

The minimum pass mark for M.A. and Ph.D. courses shall          be 50%.

 

  1. Grading System

Grading of courses shall be done by a combination of percentage marks and letter grades translated into a graduated system of Grade Point Equivalent (or Grade Point Average GPA). For the purpose of determining a student’s standing at the end of every semester, the Grade Point Average (GPA) system shall be used. The GPA is computed by dividing the total number of credit points (or units) by the total number of units for all the courses taken in the semester. The credit points for a course is computed by multiplying the number of units for the course by the Grade Point Equivalent of the marks scored in the course. Each course shall be graded out of a maximum of 100 marks and assigned appropriate Grade point Equivalent as in the table (i) below:

Table 1:

(i)

Credit Units

(ii) % Score(iii)

Letter

Grades

(iv)

Grade Points

(GP)

(v)

Grade

Point

Average

(vi)

Cum.

Grade

Point

Average

(CGPA)

(vii)

Class of

Degree

Vary according to contact hours assigned to each course per week per semester, and according to load carried by students70– 100A5Derived by multiplying (i) and (iv) and dividing by Total Credit units4.50– 5.00Distinction
60 – 69B43.45– 4.49Credit
50 – 59C33.0– 3.44Pass
Below 50F0Below 3.0Fail

 

Presentation of Results

Results for the M.A. and Ph.D. examination shall be presented from the Postgraduate Schools Board of Examiners to the Senate for approval.

 

  1. Degree Classification

The determination of the class of degree shall be based on the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) earned at the end of the programme, as indicated in the table (2) below:

 

Table 2:

S/NCGPACLASS OF DEGREE
i4.50 – 5.00Distinction
Ii3.45 – 4.49Credit
iii3.00 – 3.44Pass
ivBelow 3.00Fail

 

Learning Outcomes for the M.A. and Ph.D. Programmes

1)        Comprehensive knowledge of area of specialization: This embodies an understanding of the historical and the theoretical foundations of the areas of specialization.

2)        Problem solving capabilities: Graduates should be able to demonstrate problem-solving capacity through critical, innovative and creative approaches to analyzing problems.

3)        Global perspective: Graduates should have a global perspective through understanding of both domestic and global environments.

4)        Communication competency: Graduates should be able to manage information, social responsibility, cultural and gender sensitivity and conflict resolution.

5)        Graduates produced should be research experts, university teachers of their areas and competent scholars.

 

  1. Examination Regulation for M.A. and Ph.D. Programmes
    1. For M.A. Programme, there shall be an examination for each course at the end of each semester. The courses examined shall not be less than fifteen (15) credits per semester. The passing grade in a Course shall be “D”. The            Thesis shall be examined by an External Examiner in an oral defence with the HOD as the Chairman, the Dean, School of Post-Graduate Studies in attendance with the other members as approved by the PG Guidelines. A secretary shall take down the minutes during the period of the Defence.
    2. For Ph. D programme, the examination requirement for the award of the degree shall include the following: Successful passing of written examination in the four courses approved for the programme (and the passing grade for all Ph. D examinations shall be “C”); Presenting one successful PG Seminar to the Departmental Post-Graduate Board; Submission of a Dissertation and its acceptance by the Departmental Post-Graduate Board; Oral defence of such dissertation before the External Examiner with the Dean, School of Post-Graduate Studies or his Representative with other members as approved in the PG Guidelines (see p.21).
  • All candidates for the M.A. and Ph. D Degrees are required to do their writings according to approved format for writing both M.A. Thesis and Ph.D. dissertation in the Department of Religion and Human Relations (See your Supervisor or the office for the copies).

 

  1. Available Courses

Students will have the opportunity to specialize in any of the major areas of Religion and Human Relations relevant to the Nigerian context namely:

 

  1. Old Testament Studies
  2. New Testament Studies
  • History of Christianity in Africa
  1. African Traditional Religion
  2. Religion and Society
  3. Systematic Theology
  • Comparative Religious Studies
  • Islam in Africa

 

 

 

  1. Employment Opportunities

The successful graduates in Religion and Human Relations are well equipped for careers in Tertiary Institutions, Research Institutions, Governments as well as Corporate Agencies and Parastatatals. They are moreover, well prepared for their clerical and pastoral duties. They are also equipped to be self-employed or open their own private businesses or consultancy services.

 

  1. Additional Information

Ph. D candidates may be required to register and audit any of the M. A. courses on the recommendation and approval of their supervisors. In addition, they have to do their appropriate seminars and write their Dissertations.

 

  1. Stress Areas
  2. Research Methodology and Seminars –     0
  3. Old Testament Studies –           1
  • New Testament Studies –           2
  1. History of Christianity in Africa –           3
  2. African Traditional Religion –           4
  3. Religion and Society –           5
  • Systematic Theology –           6
  • Thesis or Dissertation –           7

 

  1. M. A. PROGRAMME
  2. A. COMPULSORY GENERAL COURSES

Course Code              Course Title                           Units

1st Sem.  2nd Sem.

RHR 601         Principles and Methods of Research

In Religion/Theology                                       3

RHR 602         Master’s Research Seminar                              3

RHR 671         Master’s Thesis                                                 12                            Total                                                        3         15

 

  1. A. SPECIALIZATIONS

Candidates are advised to register at least 30 Credits or 10 courses relevant to the various specializations as listed below:

 

 

  1. OLD TESTAMENT STUDIES

Course Code              Course Title                               Credits

1st Sem.  2nd Sem.

RHR 611         Old Testament and Human

Relations in Recent Study                3

RHR 612         Biblical Hebrew Prose I                                3

RHR 613         Biblical Hebrew Prose II                  3

RHR 614         Documents from Old Testament

Background and Human Relations             3

RHR 615         Biblical Hebrew Poetry                    3

RHR 616         Old Testament Theology                              3

RHR 617         Literature of the Old Testament      3

RHR 618         African Old Testament Scholarship

and Human Relations                                               3

Total                                                    12       12

 

  1. NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES

Course Code              Course Title                               Credits

1st Sem.  2nd Sem.

RHR 621         Exegetical Study of a Gospel Text:

John or Any Other                             3

RHR 622         Exegetical Study of a Pauline Letter:

Romans, Corinthians, Galatians or

Any Other                                                         3

RHR 623         Exegetical Study of a Pastoral Letter

or Letter to the Hebrews                 3

RHR 624         Exegetical Study of Acts of the

Apostles                                                           3

RHR 625         Critical Problems and Methods

in the New Testament                                    3

RHR 626         The Parables of Jesus in Contemporary

African Setting                                                 3

RHR 627         Gospel Miracles and Faith Healing

Today                                                 3

RHR 628         The Pauline Missionary Programme                        3

Total                                                   12        12

 

 

 

  • HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY IN AFRICA

Course Code              Course Title                               Credits

1st Sem.  2nd Sem.

RHR 631         African Church Historiography           3

RHR 632         The Early Christianity in North

Africa                                                                   3

RHR 633         Themes on the Missionary Enterprise

and the African Response-West Africa 3

RHR 634         Themes on the Missionary Enterprise

and the African Response-East and North

Africa or Central and Southern Africa              3

RHR 635         Reconstructing Local Christian History

in Nigeria                                              3

RHR 636         African Christianity Theology and the

Growth of Christianity in Igboland                   3

RHR 637         History and Growth of African

Christianity                                            3

RHR 638         Themes in African Comtemporary

Church History                                                   3

Total                                                       12         12

 

  1. AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION

Course Code              Course Title                               Credits

1st Sem.  2nd Sem.

RHR 641         A Critical Study of Approaches

to the Study of African Traditional

Religion and Human Relations            3

RHR 642         Phenomenological Study of African

Traditional Religion                                             3

RHR 643         Symbols, Rites and Rituals in African

Traditional Religion and Human

Relations                                                3

RHR 644         Healing in African Traditional Religion             3

RHR 645         Religious Leadership in African

Traditional Religion                              3

RHR 646         Impact of Change in African

Traditional Religion                                             3

RHR 647       African Traditional Religious Ideas       3

RHR 648         African Traditional Religious Shrines                                             and Deities                                                                     3

Total                                                         12        12

 

  1. RELIGION AND SOCIETY

Course Code              Course Title                                Credits

1st Sem. 2nd Sem.

RHR 651         Basic Elements in Religion and Society 3

RHR 652         Changes in Religion and Society                           3

RHR 653         Ethics and Values in Society I               3

RHR 654         Ethics and Values in Society II                              3

RHR 655         Problems of Man and His Society        3

RHR 656         The Institutionalization of Religion                      3

RHR 657         Religious Interpretation of Social

Institutions                                              3

RHR 658         Religious Conflicts                                                  3

Total                                                        12           12

 

  1. SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

Course Code              Course Title                                Credits

1st Sem. 2nd Sem RHR 661        Methods, Theories and Orientations in

Theology                                                 3

RHR 662         African Theologies                                                3

RHR 663         Problems of Christian Theology          3

RHR 664         Fundamentals of Christian Ethics                       3

RHR 665         Pastoral Theology                                  3

RHR 666         Contemporary Orientations

in Christian Ethics                                                 3

RHR 667         The Problems of God Today                            3

RHR 668         The Problem of Christian Inner Life                               3

Total                                                       12           12

 

VII       COMPARATIVE RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Course Code              Course Title                                Credits

1st Sem. 2nd Sem RHR 681        Themes in Comparative Religion I            3

RHR 682         Themes in Comparative Religion II                    3

RHR 683         Themes in Comparative Religion III               3

RHR 684         The Essence Of Comparative Religion               3

RHR 685         Relations among People of Living

Faiths                                                        3

RHR 686         Christian Encounter with Non-Christian

Religions in Nigeria                                              3

RHR 687         Advance Research Methods in

Comparative Religion                                        3

RHR 688         Trends in Methodology of Religious

Studies                                                                               3

Total                                                       12           12

 

  1. D PROGRAMME

 

Ph. D COMPULSORY GENERAL COURSES

Course Code              Course Title                                       Credits

RHR 701         Ph.D. Seminar                                                            3

RHR 771         Ph.D. Dissertation                                         12                                Total                                                               15

 

Ph.D.  SPECIALIZATIONS

  1. OLD TESTAMENT STUDIES

Course Code              Course Title                                Credits

1st Sem. 2nd Sem RHR 711        Old Testament Authorship And

Inspiration                                            3

RHR 712         Old Testament Hermeneutics And

Human Relations                                                3

RHR 713         Old Testament Religious Institutions             3

RHR 714         Old Testament Pseudoepigrapha,

Apocrypha and the Dead Sea Scrolls                           3

Total                                                      6            6

 

  1. NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES

Course Code              Course Title                                Credits

1st Sem. 2nd Sem

RHR 721         The Quest for Historical Jesus         3

RHR 722         Theology and Ethics of the

New Testament                                                  3

RHR 723         The Resurrection                              3

RHR 724         Women in New Testament Tradition

and the African Understanding                        3

Total                                                   6               6

 

  • HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY IN AFRICA

Course Code              Course Title                               Credits

1st Sem.  2nd Sem.

RHR 731         Humanity and the Society                3

RHR 732         The Dynamics of the Rise and

Growth of Christianity in Africa                     3

RHR 733         Pentecostalism in Africa                   3

RHR 734         History and Heroes                                         3

Total                                                   6             6

 

  1. AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION

Course Code              Course Title                           Credits

1st Sem. 2nd Sem.

RHR 741         Advanced Studies on Principles and

Methods of Research in Religion and

Human Relations                                    3

RHR 742         African Traditional Religious World

View and the Quest for African

Authenticity                                                           3

RHR 743         Globalization and African Traditional

Religion                                                  3

RHR 744         African Traditional Religious

Renaisance                                                             3                                      Total                               6              6

 

  1. RELIGION AND SOCIETY

Course Code              Course Title                               Credits

1st Sem.  2nd Sem.

RHR 751         Human Rights and Dignity                  3

RHR 752         Justice in Society                                                 3

RHR 753         War and Peace in the Modern World            3

RHR 754         Christian Ethics, Ecology, Medicine

and Genetics                                                        3

Total                                                      6             6

  1. SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

Course Code              Course Title                                 Credits

1st Sem.  2nd Sem.

RHR 761         A Theology of Human Existence       3

RHR 762         Christian Existence                                             3

RHR 763         Systematic Christology                       3

RHR 764         Christian/Human Destiny

The Kingdom of God                                           3

Total                                                     6              6

VII.      COMPARATIVE RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Course Code              Course Title                               Credits

1st Sem. 2nd Sem.

RHR 781         The Need for Continue Research

in Comparative Religion                       3

RHR 782         Basic Elements in Comparative

Religion                                                               3

RHR 783         Selective Challenges in Comparative

Religion                                                  3

RHR 784         Religion and Healing in African and

Afro-American Cults                                          3

Total                                                      6            6

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

  1. OLD TESTAMENT STUDIES

MASTER’S COURSES

RHR 611         Old Testament and Human Relations in Recent Study                 3 Credits

Old Testament modern criticism.  Literary forms and their cultural settings. Canonical and structural criticisms for human relations.Transmission of the Old Testament: The Scandinavian school. Development of Old Testament ideas – G. V: Rad.

 

RHR 612         Biblical Hebrew Prose I                    3 Credits

Translation of Hebrew texts and commentaries on passages connected with the Pentateuch. Gen 1-6; Ex 20-26.

 

 

 

RHR 613         Biblical Hebrew Prose II                  3 Credits

Translation of Hebrew texts and commentaries on passages connected          with prophecy in Israel. Amos 3-10; Isaiah 6-15.

 

RHR 614         Documents from Old Testament Background and Human Relations  3 Credits

Biblical archaeology. Archeological documents relating to the study of Old Testament: Ras Shamra texts, Amarna letters, Cyrus Cylinder, Nuzi and Mari texts.

 

RHR 615         Biblical Hebrew Poetry                    3 Credits

Hebrew texts and commentaries on passages connected with the writings. Psalm 1-20.

 

RHR 616         Old Testament Theology                  3 Credits

The concept of Old Testament theology. Method of studying Old Testament Theology. Relationship between Old and New Testament. Centre of the Old Testament. Object of Old Testament Theology. Old Testament beliefs, practices and institutions as background to Christian faith.

 

RHR 617         Literature of the Old Testament      3 Credits

Extent and non-extant literatures. Canonical and non-canonical books.           Qumran documents. The varied nature of Old Testament literature: Diversity in literary types, time perspective and themes. Texts and versions of the Old Testament.

 

RHR 618         African Old Testament Scholarship and Human Relations               3 Credits

Old Testament studies in African context. The challenges of Old            Testament scholarship in African Churches in Africa and their view   and usage of Old Testament. Africanization of Old Testament for             national and continental development.

 

Ph. D COURSES

RHR 711Old Testament Authorship and Inspiration  3 Credits

Divine Origin of Scripture. Human origin of Old Testament. The Relationship between the Divine and Human origin of Old Testament.     Nature and extent of inspiration.

RHR 712         Old Testament Hermeneutics and Human Relations                    3 Credits

Hermeneutics. Literal sense of scripture and common fallacies. More than literal exegesis. Christian interpretation of the Old Testament.

 

RHR 713         Old Testament Religious Institutions    3 Credits

Priesthood Temple. Patriarchal and Mosaic places of worship. Altars and sacrifices. The Sabbath Pre-exilic and later OT feasts. Synagogue.

 

RHR 714         Old Testament Pseudoepigrapha, Apocrypha and the Dead Sea Scrolls            3 Credits

Pseudoepigrapha, Jewish Apocrypha. Qumran discoveries. Qumran life           and thoughts. Rabbinic literature. Eschatology and messianism.

 

RHR 701         Ph.D. Seminar                        3 Credits

The students will be required to present a Ph. D Seminar in the Department. This seminar will be an overall assessment of the students applicability of research skills in writing research papers.

 

RHR 771         Ph.D. Dissertation                             12 Credits

The students will be required to present a Ph. D Dissertation to be examined by an external examiner in an oral defence.

 

  1. NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES

MASTER’S COURSES

RHR 621         Exegetical Study of a Gospel Text: John or Any Other                  3 Credits

Study of the Greek Text of John’s Gospel. Scope and Purpose. Various  approaches to the enigma of John’s Gospel. Social Context – the Johnannine community and audience. Exegesis of selected passages. Importance of John’s Gospel for the missionary Church today.

 

 

 

RHR 622         Exegetical Study of a Pauline Letter: Romans, Corinthians, Galatians or Any Other     3 Credits

Study of the Greek Texts. Critical Problems. Exegesis. Selected Questions and their Relevance for African Context.

 

RHR 623         Exegetical Study of a Pastoral Letter or Letter to the Hebrews   3 Credits

Study of the Greek Text of the Pastoral Letters or Hebrews. Critical Problems. Exegesis and Theology. Major themes and their relevance for Christianity in Africa

 

RHR 624         Exegetical Study of Acts of the Apostles

3 Credits

Study of the Greek Text of the Acts of the Apostles-Author, scope and             purpose. History of the criticism of Acts. Exegesis and Theology. Major    issues in the Book and their relevance for Christianity in Africa today.

 

RHR 625         Critical Problems and Methods in the New Testament                3 Credits

The Synoptic Problem; Relation between the Synoptic Gospels and Fourth Gospel; Relation between the Acts of the Apostles and Paul’s       letters; Form-Criticism and Redaction-Criticism; Emergent Christianity    against the Jewish and Hellenistic Backgrounds; and Interpretation of the New Testament in an African Context.

 

RHR 626         The Parables of Jesus in Contemporary African Setting  3 Credits

The parables as a literary genre in the Ancient World. Structures of the         parable, purpose, meaning and Characteristics. Basic Principles in Interpretation. Hermeutical consideration of some parables in the African context. This course also will highlight on the following:

  1. Major contemporary approaches to the study of gospel miracles and parables
  2. Gospel miracles and the laws of nature
  3. Study of parables in the literary sense in the Ancient Near East.
  4. Structure, purpose and meaning of miracles and parables of Jesus.
  5. Use of miracles and parables in Jesus ministry
  6. Parables and proverbs: Comparisons and contrasts.
  7. Hermeneutic principles of Jesus miracles and parables in African context.

 

RHR 627         Gospel Miracles and Faith Healing Today

3 Credits

Contemporary approaches to the study of gospel miracles. Gospel miracles as a sign of God breaking into history. Faith healing today in the light of gospel material.

 

RHR 628         The Pauline Missionary Programme

3 Credits

A critical study and analysis of Paul’s Missionary Strategies especially in his second mission to Asia Minor, the mission to Macedonia, Philippi. Thessalonica and Beroea in the light of the issues and methods/approaches in Contemporary missiology in Africa.

 

Ph. D COURSES

RHR 721         The Quest for Historical Jesus         3 Credits

Seeking the person, teaching and real impact of Jesus beneath and through the gospel redactions. The preaching of Jesus and his stance   towards God. Various schools and directions in the search for the             historical Jesus. Future of the Quest. Relevance of the problem to the Church in Africa.

 

RHR 722   Theology and Ethics of The New Testament

3 Credits

Study of the Theology and Ethics of the Synoptic Gospels, the Letters of         Paul and the Johannine Literature in the New Testament.

 

RHR 723         The Resurrection                  3 Credits

Problems concerning the interpretation of the Resurrection. Survey of  various interpretations. Exegesis of Resurrection texts. Meaning of the        Resurrection for Christian Life today in the African context.

RHR 724         Women in New Testament Tradition and the African Understanding               3 Credits

A study of the position of women in Jesus’ Ministry and Pauline Tradition. Study of the prominent ways in which women have found theological voice and have allowed the wisdom of faith to be rooted in their lives. Critical study of rights, dignity and values of women in the contemporary Church and African context. The future of the quest for Feminist Theology.

 

RHR 701         Ph.D. Seminar                        3 Credits

The students will be required to present a Ph. D Seminar in the Department. This seminar will be an overall assessment of the student’s applicability of research skills in writing research papers.

 

RHR 771         Ph.D. Dissertation                 12 Credits

The students will be required to present a Ph. D Dissertation to be examined by an external examiner in an oral defence.

 

  • HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY IN AFRICA

MASTER’S COURSES

RHR 631         African Church Historiography       3 Credits

The nature of historical writing, historical methods and problems of  interpretation. The meaning of history, history as science and art, bias     and moral judgements in historical interpretation, conceptual scheme and the peculiar problem of church history.

 

RHR 632         The Early Christianity in North Africa

3 Credits

The coming of the Church into North Africa, contributions of the early           Church Fathers, the encounter of the Church with African societies and         the Islamic challenges, the failure of the Church and its lasting heritage. Emphasis will be placed on the Coptic Churches.

 

RHR 633         Themes on the Missionary Enterprise and African Response – West Africa                             3 Credits

(See below- RHR 534 for course content)

 

RHR 634         Themes on the Missionary Enterprise and African Response – East and North Africa or Central and Southern Africa                        3 Credits

Thematic approach presuming some knowledge of African Church history with a focus on the home base of missionary group, motives, pattern of expansion, strategies, theology of mission, relations with traders and the colonial power, relation with African societies; pattern of indigenous response. Contemporary issues in Mission: Indigenisation, rivalry, co-operation and Church unity, the Church and             social justice and the Independent Churches.

 

RHR 635         Reconstructing Local Christian History in Nigeria                        3 Credits

The aim of the course is to prepare students for field work. It will focus         on methods and problems in oral traditions and other aspects of local Church history.

 

RHR 636         The Growth of Christianity  Igboland

3 Credits

One prelude, the years of growth; the Catholic Church; the Anglicans, the Presbyterians, the Methodists. The smaller Churches. Discussion on            the emergence of Christianity in other ethnic group in Nigeria should be considered.

 

RHR 637  History and Growth of African Christianity

3 Credits

This course attempts a study of the origin and growth of African Christianity in its total religious, socio-political and cultural contexts with the aim of determining the African Christian spirituality since the attainment of religious independency from the mission churches. The course also helps to point the way for the church to exist in post-Christian era in Africa.  The course thus begins by examining  the basic causative factors responsible for the rise of Independent Churches in Africa (with case studies of “African” and “Ethiopian” church) and New Christian Religious Movements (with case studies of “African” and “Ethiopian” churches) and New Christian Religious Movements (with case-studies of mass movements and initiative of prototype prophets and evangelists). The course also examines such issues as continuity and unresolved conflicts in African Christianity; the origins and problems in African Christian Theology; inculturation and its obstacles in African cultural heritage; Liberation theology and African Christianity. The course ends with a manifesto on the significance of modern African Christianity.

 

The following themes will be discussed: Theories and Dynamics of Change. The Challenge of proliferation of churches; Pentecostalism new cleavages; New Religious Movements, New wave of Revival in Nigeria;     Laity in the life of the Church; Ecumenism, charisms and services;        small church communities and ministry in the African Church; Restructuring of African Church on the principle of Democracy and            Human Rights; putting an end to African Church’s Dependency syndrome.

 

RHR 638         Themes in African Contemporary Church History                       3 Credits

Discussions will be carried out on a number of issues-new Religious movements, ecumenism, self and group identity, Christianity in dialogue with other faith-groups in society, Christianity without             churches and clerics, globalization, scientific development and political realities of the times.

 

Ph. D COURSES

RHR 731         Humanity and the Society                3 Credits

A look at what is man and his environment-past and present. The issues of particularity, globalization, nationalism, and relations. Problems of interpretation, bias and analysis.

 

RHR 732         The Dynamics of the Rise and Growth of Christianity in Africa        3 Credits

This course is aimed at examining the origins and growth of European missionary brand of Christianity in Africa. It thus attempts a survey of the early Christian beginnings in North, East-Central and South African sub-regions. It examines the European missionary patterns of evangelism and the African responses; the conflict and cohesion in mission communities in Africa; the inter-relationships between the European missionaries and the colonial masters and settlers in the Christianization in Africa; and the influence of colonialism on the growth of mission communities. The course concludes with a critical assessment of the European missionary contributions to the growth of Christianity in Africa. The nature and purpose of history. History as a web in multilateral knowledge: History, science and technology, History and society; history and religion; peculiarity of Christian history. Changing perspectives in responsible and disruptive human attitudes.

 

RHR 733         Pentecostalism in Africa                   3 Credits

The course provides a historical development of Pentecostalism as a global phenomenon as it affects Africa, global shift of Christianity in Africa and the role of Pentecostal churches in Africa. It pays attention particularly on Pentecostal growth, strategies of growth, leaders and the role of the media in propagating Pentecostalism.

 

RHR 734         History and Heroes                          3 Credits

Who is a hero? The factors in the making of heroes. Heroes and impact         in the history of their communities. African communities and     enduring heroism. Dynamic principles in the formation of heroes.

 

RHR 701         Ph.D. Seminar                        3 Credits

The students will be required to present a Ph. D Seminar in the Department. This seminar will be an overall assessment of the students applicability of research skills in writing research papers.

 

RHR 771         Ph.D. Dissertation                 12 Credits

The students will be required to present a Ph. D Dissertation to be examined by an external examiner in an oral defence.

 

  1. AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION

MASTER’S COURSES

 

RHR 641         A Critical Study of Approaches to the Study of African Traditional Religion and Human Relations

3 Credits

The course consists of critical analysis of methodologies so far used by various scholars in the studies of various aspects of ATR. Reviews of       the books connected with each type of methodology. Development of a viable methodology of ATR in the recent time.  So the course will focus on recent articles and book reviews on the issue.

 

RHR 642         Phenomenological Study of African Traditional Religion            3 Credits

The principles of the Phenomenological Studies of African Traditional Religion. The Phenomenological studies of the Supreme Being, Some Deities, and Oracles in the Religious Systems of some African Ethnic groups. The course applies also the phenomenological methods to the study of African Traditional religion with emphasis on the sacred and profane in ATR, divinities, myths, rituals, witchcraft, sorcery and sacrifices, taboos and traditional medicine.

 

RHR 643         Symols, Rites and Rituals in African Traditional Religion and Human Relations          3 Credits

Study of some African Religious symbols like shrines and sacred objects. Different types of rites like magical rights, divination rites, rites of passage, sacrificial rites. The hermeneutics of African symbols and rites.

 

RHR 644         Healing in African Traditional Religion

3 Credits

The concept of Sickness and Healing in African traditions. Healing in African World-Views. Wholistic approach to healing. Various types of healing. The role of the medicine man in traditional healing. The course examines also cross-cultural comparative studies of different divination systems and spirit possession cults in African traditional religion and Afro-American cults. It traces the African roots of spirit possession cults in the new world especially voodism in Haiti and Brazil and finds parallels with African settings.

 

RHR 645         Religious Leadership in African Traditional Religion       3 Credits

The priests, Prophets, Diviners, Medicine Men, Kings and other Office             holders. The religious social and cultural roles of these leaders in the traditional setting and the impact of change on their traditional roles.

 

REL 646         Impact if Change on African Traditional Religion            3 Credits

The impact of change brought by combined forces of Colonialism, Evangelization, Westernisation, Continuities and Discontinuities. Theories of Conversion. Interaction with Christianity and Islam. Conflict and Dialogue.

 

REL 647         African Traditional Religious Ideas        3 Credits

The religious and moral world-view as centred on life. The various aims of the traditional religious life-style. The philosophy of the traditional Religion as seen and practices through proverbs, idioms and wise-sayings. The problem of life as demonstrated by the Traditional Religion etc. The course examines the historical development of religious ethical teachings; it investigates the sources of religious ethics, including God, divinities, natural law, customs, education, taboos, prohibitions, sanctions, myths, folklores, fairy tales, fables, proverbs, professional codes of ethics, and oracle. The ethics is taught by methods of oral traditions, plays, story telling, apprenticeship and imitation. Conflict with modern system of ethics and its decline will be examined comparatively.

 

RHR 648         African Traditional Religion Shrines and Deities                          3 Credits

The course examines some popular Traditional Religious Shrines and            Deities across Africa. Some famous shrines and Deities in Nigeria as well as their influence on the socio-religious, politico-economic and moral lives of the people will be studied.

 

Ph. D COURSES

RHR 771         Advanced Studies on Principles and Methods of Research in Religion and Human Relations        3 Credits

The course examines the different methods of data collection in African Traditional Religious Research. Highlights on oral tradition in myths, legends, folktales, proverbs, idioms as well as other primary and             secondary sources will be studied. Then significant interpretative approaches in the study of ATR like the Area Culture Approach, Phenomenological Approach, Descriptive and Multi-dimensional             Approaches shall be examined. The course will discuss the inherent issues connected with the nature of African traditional religions, as well as the evolution of the systematic study and their implications for methodology and conceptual scheme. It will also treat various substantial aspects of the traditional religions of the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, including;

  1. General features of traditional African myths
  2. Traditional cosmology and gender
  • Principal traditional religious beliefs
  1. Traditional ritual, symbolism, iconography and festivals
  2. Traditional religious personages and officials
  3. Divination, healing and witchcraft

 

 

RHR 742         African Traditional Religious World View and the Quest for African Authenticity                   3 Credits

The course examines ATR world-view as a basis for Africa’s value scales and attitudinal orientations. Theories of Africanity are studied for better understanding of African personality and identity.

 

RHR 743         Globalization and African Traditional Religion                             3 Credits

The course examines the meaning-content of Globalization and its effects on ATR. The issue of culture contacts, implications and results in human societies and especially in ATR will be x-rayed.

 

RHR 744         African Traditional Religious Renaisance

3 Credits

The course examines the quest for the revival of ATR culture. Some African key religious festivals across Africa and their impact on the lives of the people will be studied. Also the future of ATR will be treated.

 

RHR 701         Ph.D. Seminar                        3 Credits

The students will be required to present a Ph. D Seminar in the Department. This seminar will be an overall assessment of the students’ applicability of research skills in writing research papers.

 

RHR 771         Ph.D. Dissertation                 12 Credits

The students will be required to present a Ph. D Dissertation to be examined by an external examiner in an oral defence.

 

  1. RELIGION AND SOCIETY

MASTER’S COURSES

RHR 651         Basic Elements in Religion and Society

3 Credits

The infinite being and various concepts of Him, intrinsic and extrinsic             qualities, Existence, Transcendence and Immanence. Various myths on         the supreme being’s relation to man and man’s affairs. The concept of          life, death, eschatology, reward, punishment, community and society, social structures and social systems, culture, social differentiation, mobility, status and norms. Symbols and rituals, concept of political   sociology.

 

 

RHR 652         Change in Religion and Society       3 Credits

Theories of social change; the nature and kind of change, theories of religious change; Forces of change; impact of social change; Impact by religions on society, social and religious dynamics. Social behaviourism in respect of the holy and the profane.  This course examines the religious theories of Comte. Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Freud as related to the meanings and functions of religion in society. It seeks to appropriate their insights as they apply to social development in Africa and religious factors underlying human personality and human relations.

 

RHR 653         Ethics and Values in Society I          3 Credits

Some principles of ethic; conscience; fundamental option, Religion and           promotion of culture; Decalogue in current perspective, Justice in African context, Moral and Theological Virtues, Sins as infidelity to the demands of a relationship; Duties of the state and rights of the citizens Ethical dialogue with secular man, brotherhood of the human race etc.

 

RHR 654         Ethics and Values in Society II         3 Credits

Bioethics-ethical issues in medicine and Health-care. Morality and Human sexuality; Meaning and purpose of Human sexuality; the mystery of sexuality. Sexual perversion and the society; Rights and obligation in business, Ethical issues in Business, Justice, Truth telling and Honesty in Business, Morality and labour relations. The worker and his work, management and morality.

 

RHR 655         Problems of Man and His Society   3 Credits

Man a multi-dimensional entity. Man his rights and duties. Man’s social, psychological and Religious problems and their solutions, physical problems, sickness, deprivations, misfortunes and death. Environmental problems of erosion, desertification, poverty, oppression, epidemic etc. The problem of evil. Public and private property. The community of Nations and International Law.

 

RHR 656         Institutionalization of Religion        3 Credits

The concept explained; Religious experiences, Religious dissatisfaction, Religious commitments, Charisma, group formation, creed, cult, sects,       denominational churches, proliferation of churches and its consequences, Religious pluralism, civil Religion and new Religious     movements. Religion and culture.

 

RHR 657 Religious Interpretations of Social Institutions

3 Credits

The student is exposed to the influence, dynamics and consequences of         Religion in such institutions as the family, education, politics, economy    and Health care. It is expected that these institutions are interpreted in         the light of various religions.

 

RHR 658         Religious Conflicts                             3 Credits

Meaning of Conflict and Religious Conflicts. Causes of Religious Conflicts. Types of Religious Conflicts. Characteristics features of Religious Conflicts. Religious Conflicts and National Development, Resolution of Religious Political, Economic, and Ethnic Conflicts in Nigeria and the International Community through Dialogue.

 

Ph. D COURSES

RHR 751         Human Rights and Dignity               3 Credits

The course deals with issues of human rights at various levels. The emergence of human rights, the right of life and death penalty, the right to legal justice, the right to migrate, right to religious freedom, economic justice for all, right to property, rights of the unborn, the weak, different races and sexes, the aging; Human rights in Christian     social thought, option for the poor, right to work and to just wage and      to decent working condition etc.

 

RHR 752        Justice in Society                   3 Credits

The course deals with contemporary issues in justice in the society. The        foundations of justice, teaching of scripture and theology on justice, Christian virtue of justice, African especially Igbo conception of justice,            justice seeking in a changing world, social needs and injustices, restitution, its obligation and ways to fulfill it, structural injustice,    justice in the kingdom of God, secular approaches to justice etc. will be    treated.

 

RHR 753         War and Peace in the Modern World

3 Credits

This course deals with issues of war and peace in the contemporary society. Such topics as: ubiquity of conflict, conflict resolution, morality of war, justice in warfare, holy wars, slavery of war, treatment of             prisoners of war, armaments, the Bible and War; Christianity and war, strategy and legitimacy of war, just war revisited, blessed are the      peace-makers, towards a culture of peace, pacifism and non-violence          etc. will be treated.

 

RHR 754         Christian Ethics, Ecology, Medicine and Genetics                          3 Credits

The course will deal with issues related to environmental ethics and bioethics. It will also study: creation ethics, Ecojustice and Stewardship, contraception, Abortion, New Reproductive Technologies,             Postponing Death, Active Euthanasia, Assisting Suicide, Organ and Tissue Transplantation, Access to Health Care etc.

 

RHR 701         Ph.D. Seminar            3 Credits

The students will be required to present a Ph. D Seminar in the Department. This seminar will be an overall assessment of the students applicability of research skills in writing research papers.

 

RHR 771         Ph. D Dissertation                 12 Credits

The students will be required to present a Ph. D Dissertation to be examined by an external examiner in an oral defence.

 

  1. SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

MASTER’S COURSES

RHR 661         Methods, Theories and Orientation in Theology

3 Credits

The course introduces the students to the pluralism that defines recent         approaches to theology, while examining their strengths and weaknesses. The emerging third world theologies will also be studied.

 

RHR 662         African Theologies                3 Credits

African theology is the theology that addresses the problems of Africans. It seeks to reflect on faith using African thought forms, categories and symbolisms drawn from African cultures. This will include interpretations of Christ in Africa. The students are introduced            to different trends in African theology, contextual theology, African       inculturation theology, Black theology, liberation theology etc.

 

RHR 663         Problems of Christian Theology     3 Credits

This will include an examination of major Christian theological doctrines such as revelation, God, Christ, the Trinity, Creation, Fall, Sin,          Salvation, Grace, etc. The course will try to provide the students with an opportunity to explore and discuss particular Christian concepts    and doctrines in which they are interested in the  African context.

 

RHR 664         Fundamentals of Christian Ethics   3 Credits

The concept of morality and value, Distinctiveness of Christian Ethics.             End of man and purpose of life will be studied. The moral teachings of       the OT and NT; Conscience, Situation Ethics and Fundamental Option;            Sin, Virtues, Justice in African Context, Christ and the moral life,             Evolution of Christian Ethics and biblical renewal of Christian Ethics. Lectures will attempt to highlight the relation between African and           Christian Ethics.

 

RHR 665         Pastoral Theology                 3 Credits

Modern approaches in pastoral care are studied. Relation between Theology and Ministry are examined also the problem of inculturating   the Sacraments in Africa. Special studies of some Patristic writings and      Teachings of the Vatican II are made as well as mutual relation between Liturgy and Theology and inculturating them in Africa.

 

RHR 666         Contemporary Orientations and Problems in Christian Ethics           3 Credits

Changing perspectives in responsible human attitudes. The relevance of the Ethical teaching of Jesus. Absolute norms in Christian Ethics. Inviolability of Human Life. Politics and Morality; Christian Conscience. Sin as Infidelity. Ethical issues in Medicine; Moral aspects of Human Sexuality; Ethical issues in Business; First Conversion and Continual         conversion. Other current themes and values in Christian Ethics.

 

RHR 667         The Problems of God Today           3 Credits

The discussion of the God of Abraham and the God of Philosophers as well as the God of African Traditional Religion delineating the similarities and dissimilarities. How do these attempts illumine the mystery of the God of the Judeo-Christian revelation also modern atheism.

 

RHR 668         The Problem of Christian Inner Life  3 Credits

The course deals with the inner life of a Christian. The course discusses the virtues of faith, hope and charity in the Bible, in contemporary         theology and in the Christian life. Theological analysis; object, motive, subject and qualities of Faith, Hope and Charity. Faith acceptance and commitment, doubting and growing in these theological virtues, the connection between justice and peace and charity and the meaning of spiritual poverty and sin in the secular age.

 

 

 

 

 

Ph. D COURSES

RHR 761         A Theology of Human Existence     3 Credits

The course deals with understanding Human Existence: Who are we?            Biblical vies and theology of Human person; Nature and Grace, Biblical       notion of original sin etc.

 

RHR 762         Christian Existence               3 Credits

The course deals with a historical perspective of Christian existence, Christian Ethics, the Moral Teaching of the New Testament, Moral Message of the Church of the New Testament, Christian existence, principles and process. Who is a Christian? What kind of person is a Christian called to be? How does one become a Christian? Ecumenical   situation,  e.t.c.

 

RHR 763         Systematic Christology                     3 Credits

It deals with the fact of incarnation of Christ, Humanity and Divinity of Christ in New Testament and Tradition, the Christ of the Fathers of the Church and the Councils and Medieval Theology, Christology in the 20th Century, the Catholic and Protestant views etc.

 

RHR 764         Christian/Human Destiny – The Kingdom of God                         3 Credits

The course deals with the meaning of justification, Eschatology, the Kingdom of God, the destiny of creation and humanity, spirituality and spiritualities, the last things, the final fulfillment from the standpoint of the individual.

 

RHR 701         Ph.D. Seminar                        3 Credits

The students will be required to present a Ph. D Seminar in the Department. This seminar will be an overall assessment of the student’s applicability of research skills in writing research papers.

 

RHR 771         Ph.D. Dissertation                 12 Credits

The students will be required to present a Ph. D Dissertation to be examined by an external examiner in an oral defence.

 

 

 

  1. COMPARATIVE RELIGIOUS STUDIES

M.A. COURSES

RHR 681         Themes in Comparative Religion I         3 Credits

This course will try to identify and define some of the major aspects of religious life the world over, and to suggest how they are related to one another. The following themes will be given special attention: Religious Language, Divinity, God and gods, Mythology and Cosmology, Ritual and Symbolism.

 

RHR 682         Themes in Comparative Religion II       3 Credits

This course will examine certain themes such as asceticism, mysticism, pilgrimage, worship, rituals, and religious experience in world religions. For each aspect; there will be brief working definition, followed by a critical review of current theories and an attempt to show its relations to other aspects.

 

RHR 683         Themes in Comparative Religion III      3 Credits

This course deals with the themes: Scripture and Oral texts, worship including prayer and sacrifice, calling, priesthood, prophecy/divination/revelation and Ecstasy (spirit possession), priesthood, etc. For each aspect; there will be brief working definition, followed by a critical review of current theories and an attempt to show its relations to other aspects.

 

RHR 684         The Essence of Comparative Religion    3 Credits

The students will be required to examine tolerance, complementary religions and the task of comparative religion etc.

 

RHR 685          Relations among People of Living Faiths

3 Credits

This course analyses the concept of religious dialogue and studies the various principles of dialogue, history of relations between Christians, Muslims and adherents of African Traditional Religion. It looks at the Nigerian example and directions to the future.

 

RHR 686    Christian Encounter with Non-Christian Religions

in Nigeria       3 Credits

The course traces the encounter of Christianity with non-Christian religions in Nigeria. It also examines the consequences of such encounters in relation to both conflict generation, and developments towards national consciousness, social consensus and solidarity.

 

RHR 687         Advance Research Methods in Comparative Religion                  3 Credits

Studies the methods of research into the various areas of religious studies with emphasis on documentation, analysis and interpretation of data.

 

RHR 688:  Trends in Methodology of Religious Studies

3 Credits

The course aims at understanding the main issues and perspectives in the methodology of religious studies. It will pay particular attention to the initiative and activities of the International Association for the History of Religions (I.A.H.R.) towards the evolution and promotion of a widely acceptable and viable methodology. In addition to examining in detail the phenomenological and historical including the sociological, cultural anthropological and psychological reason for their rise with particular attention to Aladura Praying Movements, Healing Churches and Messianic Churches. The course deals with the place of Abiodun Emmanuel and Garrick Braide, the new wave of Pentecostalism, public response to New Religious Movement and concludes with New Religious Movements and Contribution to the Modernization of Nigeria.

 

RHR 691         African Christian Theology I            3 Credits

Discusses the need for African Christian Theology, historical development of African Christian Theology, methodological problems in evolving African Christian Theology, current typologies of African Christian Theology and outlines hermeneutical principles by which to evaluate current issues and trends being addressed by third world theologians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ph. D COURSES

RHR 781         The Need for Continue Research in Comparative Religion            3 Credits

The course aims at understanding the main issues and perspectives in the research methodology of religious studies. It will also highlight on the scholars who contributed to the growth of comparative religion.

 

RHR 782         Basic Elements in Comparative Religion

3 Credits

Students are exposed to various concepts such as motive, method and material in comparative religion. Darwinism, totemism, magic, some varieties of religious experience, the phenomenology of religion, culture and history should also be considered.

 

RHR 783         Selective Challenges in Comparative Religion                                                                                           3 Credits

The course deals with the attitude to other religions; truth and error; problems of propaganda; syncretism, adaptation, inculturation or incarnation; revival and criticism, hatred, envy and jealousy in comparative religion.

 

RHR 784         Religion and Healing in African and Afro-American Cults           3 Credits

The course examines cross-cultural comparative studies of different divination systems and spirit possession cults in African traditional religion and Afro-American cults. It traces the African roots of spirit possession cults in the new world especially voodism in Haiti and Brazil and finds parallels with African settings.

 

RHR 701         Ph.D. Seminar                                    3 Credits

The students will be required to present a Ph.D seminar in the Department. This seminar will be an overall assessment of the students applicability of research skills in writing research papers.

 

RHR 781         Ph.D. Dissertation                 12 Credits

The students will be required to present a Ph.D Dissertation to be examined by an external examiner in an oral defence.

 

RHR 791         African  Christian Theology II         3 Credits

The African Theology is the Theology that addresses the problems of Africans. It deals also with the sources of African theology, black theology, ethiopic theology, theology of decolarrization, symbolisms, liberation theology, African inculturation, adaptation and reincarnatin theologies etc.