Modules in Religion

This page gives details of the kinds of classes or modules that you would take for a BA in Religion, Theology and The Bible or for your Religion side of our Philosophy and Religion degree.

We are constantly developing our courses so it is possible that the modules running during your time at Sheffield may differ from those currently available. What follows is a list of the modules that are running in 2016-17.

We have two semesters each year. The first is from September to January – this is the Autumn semester. The second is from February to June - this is the Spring semester. You will have to take 120 credits worth of modules each year. This usually works out at around three (sometimes 4) modules each semester.

Who will be teaching me?

Dr Ryan Byerly joined the Philosophy Department in Spring 2015 as a Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion. His primary research interests are in Philosophy of Religion, Epistemology, and Virtue Ethics.

Dr Mark Finney’s research interests include the relationship between religion and violence, particularly in relation to the conflict in the contemporary Middle East and Early Christian Identity. He is also interested in Paul, religious art and the Greco-Roman context of the New Testament. Mark’s teaching includes New Testament Greek and introduction to Islam. Mark’s also runs a trip for his students to Italy every two years.

Dr Katie Edwards specialises in the Bible in contemporary and popular culture, including representations of religion in the media and advertising, and biblical literacy. Her teaching and research also includes critical study of religion and gender.

Dr Minna Shkul specialises in social sciences and religion, examining religious rituals, memory and identity in both ancient and contemporary contexts. In addition, Minna is involved in faculty initiatives on equality and diversity, and runs the LGBT* studies module for Interdisciplinary Programmes in Arts & Humanities.

Dr Casey Strine works on the history, literature, and cultures of the ancient Near East, specialising in ancient Israel and Judah. Casey’s research is interdisciplinary, as he uses the study of migration to reconstruct ancient history and to interpret ancient texts. In addition to epics and myths of the ancient world, and the Old Testament, his teaching also includes philosophical and theological debates, in the module ‘Life Worth Living.

Dr Meredith Warren joined the university in September 2015. Her primary research interests lie in the cultural and theological interactions among the religions of ancient Mediterranean, especially early Judaism and Christianity. In particular, Meredith is interested in how shared cultural understandings of food and eating play a role in ancient narratives, including the Pseudepigrapha, Hellenistic romance novels, and the Gospels.

We also have a range of seminar tutors and temporary lecturers who will have input into your teaching along the way.