CUCG Faculty of Religious Studies

CUCG Faculty of Religious Studies

General Description
The objective of the Programme is a search for knowledge and understanding of religion as it affects the lives of people. The Programme treats religion in its broad and narrow spectrum through the study of the Holy Books of World Religions and the Judeo-Christian tradition. The Programme has an inclusive anthropological understanding of religion in the Judeo-Christian context. Therefore, religion is the most complete and condensed communication system that a cultural people make about themselves, transcendence and the spirit universe. Thus, philosophy of the Programme is to educate students by providing them with a strong background in religious studies.

The Programme looks at the place of religion in the modern world. It takes cognisance of religious and theological engagements with contemporary social reality. This is based on a philosophical approach that cultivates the spirit of inquiry, understanding and self appropriation. In this quest, the Programme views theology and philosophy as partners in providing the foundation of a holistic approach towards the theory and practice of religious education. This is done in accordance with the mission objective of influencing lives positively without proselytizing students.

Specific Programmes of the Faculty:
Students of the Faculty of Religious Studies do a B.A. degree in Religious Studies with a bias in Education.  They take the core courses of the Faculty, and a few related courses in Education that have affinity with Religious Studies.  These students do a minimum of 16 units and a maximum of 18 units per a semester.  The minimum or the maximum unit is a combination of RS courses and two courses in Education.

The students also have the option to do a B. A. degree in Religious Studies, and a Diploma in Education from the Faculty of Education.  The students must qualify with a grade point average of 2.5.  They take a minimum of 16 units in Religious Studies, and three (3) courses in Education, a maximum of 20 units.

The students must do Mathematics, Statistics and other required courses in Education.

For the 2010/2011 academic year, the Faculty is offering one programme in Religion with a diploma in Education for students who are doing the diploma beyond the B. A. in Religious Studies.

Rationale, Goals and Objectives of the Programme Study
Rationale:The Catholic Church has a mission to provide education for the citizens of the nation.  This reason goes back to the time of the Augustinian Frairs of 1471. Since that time, religious education has become a tool, a means of ‘liberation  of people’s mind from any siege mentality.

Goals and Objectives: The objectives of the programme are  to educate students with strong background in Religious Studies:
i) The programme educates people who can engage themselves with people of other religions for mutual understanding, tolerance as well as peaceful co-existence in the secular democratic nation, Ghana.
ii) To prepare and graduate them for inter-religious dialogue.
iii) To prepare them appreciate and lasting values of religion in general, which are relevant to the modern African quest for nation building.
iv) To reinforce their appreciation of the urgency of the church’s constant call for inculturation of the Christian faith in Africa.

Read more on the course Structure for Religious Studies

FIRST YEAR PROGRAMME(RS)   

Code Discipline/Course 1st sem 2nd sem
CES  101 Study Skills 2 units
CES  102 Introduction to Logic 2 units
CES  103 Introduction to Information Technology I 3 units
CES  104 Introduction to Information Technology  II 3 units
CES  105 Introduction to Mathematics I 3 units
CES  106 Introduction to Mathematics II 3 units
CES  107 Language and Communication Skills I 3 units
CES  108 Language and Communication Skills II 3 units
CES  109 Social Analysis of Ghana today I 2 units
CES  110 Social Analysis of Ghana Today II 3 units
CES  110 Social Ethics 3 units
CES  113 Introduction to French I 2 units
CES 114 Introduction to French II 2 units
RS 101 & 102 Introduction to Theology I & II 2 units 2 units
EDU 101 & 102 Theory and Method of Education I & II 3 units 3 units
Total 23 units 20 units

SECOND YEAR PROGRAMME(RS)                 (CORE COURSE)      

Code Discipline/Course 1st sem 2nd sem
RS   201 Phenomenology of Religion 3 units
RS   202 Foundations of Religious Experience 3 units
RS   203 Introduction  to Philosophy 3 units
RS   204 Philosophy of Religions 3 units
RS   207 Holy Books Of World Religions: Bible, Quran 3 units
RS   208 Introduction to Islam 3 units
RS   209 Theology of the Old Testament 3 units
RS   210 Ethics Of The Old Testament 3 units
Total 12 units 12 units

SECOND YEAR PROGRAMME(RS)                 (CORE COURSE)       

Code Discipline/Course 1st sem 2nd sem
EDU  203 Principles of School Administration 3 units
EDU  205 Introduction to Guidance and Counseling 2 units
EDU  211 Adolescent Psychology 2 units
EDU  212 Theories of Personality and Social Development 2 units
CES  213 Intermediate French I 2 units
CES 214 Intermediate French II 2 units
                                   Total 9 units 4 units
                             Total Units
21 units 16 units

THIRD YEAR PROGRAMME(RS) (Elective Courses)     

Code Discipline/Course 1st sem 2nd sem
RS  301 Theology of the New Testament 3 units
RS  302 Ethics of the New Testment 3 units
RS  303 Catholic Social Teachings I 3 units
RS  304 Catholic Social Teachings  II 3 units
RS  305 History and Theology of Christianity I 3 units
RS  306 History and Theology of Christianity II 3 units
RS  307 History of Philosophy  I 3 units
RS  308 History of Philosophy  II 3 units
RS  309 Christianity and Judaism 3 units
Total 15 units 12 units

EDUCATION COURSES OF (RS)         (Elective Courses)          

Code Discipline/Course 1st sem 2nd sem
EDU   202 Intro. to Philosophical Foundations of Education  3 units
EDU   202 Evaluation and Measurement 3 units
EDU   205 Sociological Foundations of Education 3 units
EDU   309 Research Methods  3 units
                                       Total 6 units 6 units
                                 Total Units
21 units 18 units

EDUCATION FOR (RS)                 (CORE COURSE)   

Code Discipline/Course 1st sem 2nd sem
EDU  202 Intro. to Philosophical Foundations of Education  3 units
EDU  301 Introduction to Education Supervision 3 units
EDU  302 Organization and Classroom Management  3 units
EDU  305 Sociological Foundations of Education  3 units
                                   Total 6 units 6 units
                             Total Units
27 units 24 units

FOURTH YEAR PROGRAMME(RS) (Core Courses)  

Code Discipline/Course 1st sem 2nd sem
RS  401 West African Traditional Religion 3 units
RS  402 African Philosophical and Belief System 3 units
RS  405 Interfaith Encounter and Religious Dialogue 3 units
RS  406 Special Problems of Ethics and Morality 3 units
RS  409 Mass Communication and the Media 3 units
RS  410 Principles of School Administration 3 units
RS  411 Project I 3 units
RS  412 Project II 3 units
RS  413 Sociology of Religion 3 units
CES  414 Hadith Studies 3 units
Total 15 units 15  units

EDUCATIONAL COURSES FOR (RS)   (Elective Courses) 

Code Discipline/Course 1st sem 2nd sem
RS   201 Introduction to Educational Planning 2 units
RS   202 Planning and Administering High Sch. Counseling 3 units
RS   203 Vocational Dev. and Counseling of Adolescents 2 units
RS   209 Introduction to Psychological Testing and Appraisal 3 units
                             Total 7units 3units
                        Total Units
22 units 18units

FOURTH YEAR PROGRAMME(RS)                 (CORE COURSE)         

Code Discipline/Course 1st sem 2nd sem
EDU  203 Principles of School Administration 3 units
EDU  205 Introduction to Guidance and Counseling 2 units
EDU  211 Adolescent Psychology 2 units
EDU  212 Theories of Personality and Social Development 2 units
CES  213 Intermediate French I 2 units
CES 214 Intermediate French II 2 units
                                   Total 9 units 4 units
                             Total Units
21 units 16 units