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Protestant Theology as subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme

Protestant Theology as subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme
(Bachelor of Arts)

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Profile
Course type
undergraduate studies (2 subjects bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semester
Course Start
Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
German
Special Requirements

None

Admission
Unrestricted admission
International

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The subject protestant theology is offered as one of two subjects within the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme. Please note the subject combination options.

Protestant theology involves academic reflection of the Christian faith. Based on its biblical foundations, the issue of faith is broached as a part of history as well as an element of individual, ecclesiastical and social reality. God, man and the world – and the interactions between them – are addressed from the perspective of Reformed theology. Various conceptions of transcendence, religion and faith help students to comprehend the study content. In this way, students gain the skills required to discuss fundamental questions of life with children, adolescents and adults in their later professional life. The religious landscape in Europe and the globalised world has changed dramatically. Our lifeworld is characterised by growing secularisation as well as a return to religiosity in many areas. The aim of the degree programme is to enable students to determine and assess these processes from the Protestant perspective and, on the basis of their own reasoned stance, to guide others in the search for their positions.

Cross-denominational courses are offered in close cooperation with the Catholic Theology Section. Courses include field trips and block courses that enable students to expand on their knowledge outside the university. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover provides a mentorship programme to students throughout the degree programme.

Further information on the website of the Institute of Theology (German language only)

Areas of Focus

  • Biblical theology (Old and New Testament)
  • Ecumenism
  • History of Christianity
  • Interlinking of theological disciplines
  • Networking between universities and schools
  • Systematic theology
Course Content

Graduates are able to understand and analyse the Christian religion, past and present; take an independent and reasoned stance on theology and religious education; reflect critically on religious positions and traditions in church, school, culture and society, and assign them to problem areas of religious education; critically interpret biblical and historical sources both historically and with regard to the present day; understand Christianity in the context of general cultural and religious history; reflect on ethical problems from a theological perspective; and provide information on a number of non-Christian religions. In a bid to teach students theological skills, theology considers its origins and the criteria for speaking about God in the bible (Biblical Theology); explores the history of Christianity (Historical Theology); interprets faith in a scientifically supported manner in the context of the search for truth (Systematic Theology); and considers the significance of theology and faith for the life of humankind and the understanding of reality in such a way that students are able to structure and support religious educational processes responsibly (Religious Studies).

As part of the interdisciplinary bachelor's degree programme, students with a focus on teaching have to complete a non-school-based internship as well as a school internship, both lasting four weeks. The non-school-based internship helps students to get first work insights in the area of teaching, to check on their career aspiration. For students with an non-school-based focus, an eight-week non-school-based internship must be completed.

Semester

1

2

3

4

5

6

Compulsory modules

Basic module 0: Introduction (Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme) [10 CP]

  • BM 0a: Orientation Seminar: Introduction to Academic Study and the Production of Scientific Work
  • BM 0b: Bible Studies OT/NT

Basic module 4: Church History [8 CP]

  • BM 4a: Basic course History of Ancient Christianity
  • BM 4b: Basic course History of Modern Christianity

Basic module 1: Old Testament [8 CP]

  • BM 1a: Basic course Old Testament I
  • BM 2a: Basic course Old Testament II

Basic module 3: Systematic Theology [8CP]

  • BM 3a: Basic course Dogmatics
  • BM 3b: Basic course Ethics

Specialisation module 4: Church History [5 CP]

  • VM 4a: Central Topics of the History of Theology

or

  • VM 4b: Hotspots of the History of Modern Theology

Basic module 2: New Testament [8 CP]

  • BM 2a: Basic course New Testament I
  • BM 2b: Basic course New Testament II

Basic module 5: Religious Studies [8 CP]

  • BM 5a: Basic course History of Religious Studies
  • BM 5b: Basic course Religious Studies and Religious Education

Topic module 4: Research [5 CP]

  • TM 4: Research

Specialisation module 1-2: Biblical Theology [5 CP]

  • VM 1: Old Testament

or

  • VM 2: New Testament

Specialisation module 3: Systematic Theology [5 CP]

  • VM 3a: Exemplary Problems and Concepts of Christian Dogmatics

or

  • VM 3b: Exemplary Problems and Concepts of Christian Ethics

Specialisation module 5: Religious Studies [10 CP]

  • VM 5a: Social and Systemic Conditions for Religious Education
  • VM 5b: Substantive and Anthropological Conditions for Religious Education

Topic module 1: Key Topics Concerning Specialist and Specialised Didactical Interlinking [10 CP]

  • TM 1a: Old Testament / New Testament
  • TM 1b: Church History / Systematic Theology
  • TM 1c: Religious Studies

Bachelor’s thesis [10 CP]

  • Colloquium

Optional modules

 

 

 

 

Topic module 2: Key Topics Concerning Specialist and Specialised Didactical Interlinking [10 CP]

  • TM 2a: Old Testament / New Testament
  • TM 2b: Church History / Systematic Theology
  • TM 2c: Religious Studies

Topic module 3: Subject Discipline [6 CP]

  • TM 3: Subject Discipline

 

Recommended Abilities

The basic requirements for studying theology are:

  • An enquiring mind
  • Enjoyment of academically analysing the Christian faith
  • An interest in ancient languages
  • An interest in history and philosophy
  • The desire to gain an intellectual understanding of past and present faith
  • Willingness to undertake extensive text reception and interpretation
  • Keenness to debate
  • Good communication and social skills
Career Opportunities
  • Most graduates embark on a Master’s degree programme in order to qualify as a teacher for one of the different types of school
  • Work in areas such as the media, publishing, librarianship, journalism, politics, culture, social work and in educational institutions in which theological expertise is required
  • Other areas of activity and professional opportunities
Possible Further Degree Programmes

Under certain conditions, admission to the following Master's programme is also possible. More detailed information can be found in the respective admission regulations. If you have any questions, please contact the course advice of the desired Master's programme:

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

Some subjects in the interdisciplinary Bachelor are restricted (Biology, Performing Arts, German Studies (school subject: German), English Studies (school subject: English), Geography, History, Music, Political Science, Study of Religions (school subject: Ethics), Spanish Studies (school subject: Spanish) and Sports (school subject: Physical Education).

Other subjects are admission-free (Chemistry, Computer Science, Protestant Theology (school subject: Protestant Religious Education), Catholic Theology (school subject: Catholic Religious Education), Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics).

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulation.

Note: The admission regulations reflect the legally prescribed subject combinations in the Master regulation of Lower Saxony.
All currently possible subject combinations can be found under "Combinations".

Application Deadlines

Application dates for a subject combination with at least one restricted subject:

First-year students
(Application for the first semester is only possible for the winter semester)

  • Applicants from Germany and other EU countries: June 1st – July 15th of the year
  • Applicants from outside the European Union: April 15th – May 31st of the year

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • Everyone: June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • Everyone: December 1st - January 15th of the year for the summer semester

 

Application dates for a subject combination with two admission-free subjects:

 

First-year students
(Application for the first semester is only possible for the winter semester)

  • Applicants from Germany and other EU countries: June 1st – Sept 30th of the year
  • Applicants from outside the European Union: April 15th – May 31st of the year

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • Everyone: June 1st – Sept 30th of the year for the winter semester
  • Everyone: December 1st - May 31st of the year for the summer semester

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