Solusi University
P.O. Solusi
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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Theology & Religious Studies

Dean

Nkosiyabo Zvandasara

D.Th, DMin, M.Th, M.Div, BThH, BA

Lecturers

  • Hebert Ndlovu – DMin, MA, MTh, BPhil, BA
  • Canaan Mkombe – PhD, M.Div, MA, BA
  • Robson Mazibisa   D.Th, MA, BA
  • Clifford Sibanda – PhD Candidate, MA, BA 
  • Yousry Guirguis – PhD Candidate, MA, BA
  • Linos Ncube –  MA, PGDE, BA
  • Givemore Benesi – MA, PGDE, BA
  • Amos Ndlovu – PGDE, BA
  • Blessing Nyahuma – MA, BAHons, BA
  • Christopher N. Thebe – D.Ed, MA, BA, B.Ed
  • Fairchild Mhlophe – MTh, MBA, BA
  • Felix Njini – MEd, MA, BTech, BA
  • Jonathan Musvosvi – DMin, M.Div, BTh
  • Leonard Masuku – DPTh, MA, BTh
  • Richard Sithole – DMin, MA, BA
  • Robert Muzira – DMin, MA, PDGE, BA
  • Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu – DMin, DTh, MTh, BA
  • Zibusiso Ndlovu – MA, BA
MISSION
 The mission of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies is to develop and prepare pastors and scholars in Religion; through instruction and fellowship to serve God, the church and society as commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ.

PHILOSOPHY
The faculty of Theology and Religious Studies believe that God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, and in love He sent Jesus as atonement for the sins of humanity. It is God that has commissioned us to advance His work of reconciling human beings to God and to fellow men, and to do the work of restoring the image of God in humanity in preparation for the return of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
OBJECTIVES

The aims and objectives of the Department of Theology & Religious Studies are stated broadly below to:

  1. Provide adequate content in all courses, covering biblical, historical, linguistic, professional and theological fields in order to enhance the students’ effectiveness as servants in their chosen fields.
  2. Impart theological and religious knowledge that is biblically, culturally and contextually grounded, and relevant to the realities in Africa.
  3. Equip students for general and specialised services with sound biblical knowledge, principles, methods, and procedures for doing effective ministry.
  4. Promote engagement and participation in religious activities that are intended to deepen the spiritual life.
  5. Foster a stimulating academic and professional environment that provide for development of critical but responsible appraisal and examination of different belief systems and world views.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 Admission requirements for this Faculty and Department are stipulated in the admission section of this bulletin. The applicant must have five O’ levels and at least two subjects at A’ levels. International applicants from other countries are admissible if they qualify to enter a university programme in their home country. Students from countries that require O-levels for university entry are required to complete the Pre-University Programme. (See the Pre-University Programme section in this bulletin) Students may also be admitted on the basis of successful completion of the Mature Age Entrance Examination at Solusi University.

For the Certificate in Chaplaincy with Theology & Religious studies, a minimum of 5 “O” level passes including English language is required.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The degrees offered by the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies provides ample opportunities for graduates to be employed in and out of church settings. The Department of Theology and Religious Studies equips pastors with professional training to serve the Church in its various organizational structures while the Department of Religious Studies provides students with academic qualifications leading to various forms of services such as teaching religion in schools, counselling, health, legal, and social services, etc.

COURSE DURATION

The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies programme will take three (3) academic years or nine (9) Block release sessions.

BA - Religious Studies

To be eligible to graduate with a BA in Religious Studies, one must have successfully completed the following requirements:

Requirements
Credit Units
General Education 26
Core Courses 75
Cognates 7
Research Requirement 6
BA Religious Studies Total Credits 114
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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

CORE REQUIREMENTS

BRST 101 - Introduction to the Old Testament (3 Credits)
The module introduces students to the study of the Old Testament. It gives a general survey of the Old Testament including its geography, history, traditions and beliefs of Ancient Israel. The module also exposes students to the application of exegetical tools as well as a critical and scholarly understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures.
BRST 102 - Phenomenology (3 Credits)
The module provides an in- depth study of the phenomenology of religion as a method in the study of religion. It also traces its history and major tenants with a view of inculcating in students  a sense of appreciating the diversity of religious phenomena in different religions. The module also seeks to provide students with knowledge on an approach that promotes tolerance of the insider perspective.
BRST 103 - Introduction to the New Testament (3 Credits)
The module introduces students to the historiography and canonization of the New Testament. The authorship and date of selected New Testament books will be covered as well as methods and procedures for biblical studies.
BRST 105 - Introduction to Christian Theology (3 Credits)
 This course includes the history of prophecy, the pre-writing prophetic figures, and the books of writing prophets of the 8th and early 7th century BCE. A research paper may be required.
BRST 107 - Sociology Religion (3 Credits)
The module surveys religious beliefs, practices and organizations from sociological perspectives, with the primary focus on religion in contemporary Zimbabwean society. It covers the role of religion in society, the emergence of new religious movements , intersection of religion and social issues and problems such as gender , HIV and AIDS, violence secularization within the Zimbabwean context.
BRST 115/RELT 190 - Comparative Religion (3 Credits)
A survey of the phenomenology, beliefs systems, and practices of major non-Christian religions – especially those that are found in central and southern Africa. The selected religions are compared with one another and with Christianity. An educative field trip and a report on the trip will be required.
BRST 201 - African Tradition Religion (3 Credits)
This module provides an in-depth study of African Indigenous religious beliefs and practices with reference to selected communities from the continent of Africa such as Yoruba, Akan and Neur. The module also looks at Zimbabwean indigenous perspectives. Moreover, the module makes a survey of the methodological and theoretical issues to the study of African indigenous religion in Africa.
BRST 202 - Old Testament Studies 1: Pre-Classical Prop of Israel (3 Credits)
This module introduces students to the phenomenon of prophecy from the emergence of these movements in Israel in 1100 BCE until 8008 BCE. Students study concepts of prophecy, activities of individual prophets and their message in the Pre-Canonical period.
BRST 203 - New Testament Studies 1: Introduction to the Gospels (3 Credits)
The Module focuses on the birth, life and ministry of Jesus and the emergence of the Early Church. The module covers some of the following issues: quest for historical Jesus, kingdom of God, miracles, ethics of Jesus, parables, Jesus’ self-consciousness and the major communities of Gospel writers.
BRST 205 - Philosophy Of Religion (3 Credits)
The module explores major selected beliefs, concepts, doctrines and practices from a philosophical perspective. It engages the techniques of rational skills upon religious claims to make convictions reasonable.
BRST 206/RELT 355 - Religion & Ethics (3 Credits)
This module exposes students to normative ethical theories such as Ubuntu, Kantian, Utilitarian and Virtue in the context of various religious traditions. It equips students with the ability to appreciate how the normative dimensions inform human conduct.
BRST 207 - Old Testament Studies 2: Classical Prophets of Israel (3 Credits)
This module builds upon on the Pre- colonial prophecy. Students would study the phenomenon of prophecy from 800 BCE top 500 BCE. The module also examines the origins, identity and messages of individual’s canonical prophets and their relevance to the contemporary situation.

CORE REQUIREMENTS CONT..

BRST 208 - New Testament Studies 2: Acts & the Pauine Letters & Revelation (3 Credits)
This module deals with the Apostolic Age focusing on the Epistles and Revelation. Students will; be exposed to the genuine Pauline, Deutro- Pauline and non- Pauline letters. Catholic letters, the Johanine and Apocalyptic literatures will be discussed.
BRST 209 - History of the Christian Church in Africa (3 Credits)
The module surveys the implantation of churches in Africa and the subsequent development of African Christianity. Students will be exposed to the tension that developments resulting in the rise of African Instituted Churches.
BRST 210 - religion, Culture & Sustainable Development in Africa (3 Credits)
The module examines the links between religions and culture in the light of the quest for sustainable development in society. It explores some of the traditional theories and new theories on development. The module examines the new trends on reconstruction theology as a panacea of contemporary challenges which are linked to neo-colonialization and globalization in contemporary Africa. The module will cover the following topics definitions of religion, culture and the impact of religion on culture and vise-versa, religion and cultural; practices that foster or curb development, the impact of development on religion and culture.
BRST 215/IPCS 350 - Religion, Violence & Peace-Building (3 Credits)
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BRST 304- History of Christianity in Zimbabwe(3 Credits)
The module examines the penetration of Christianity in Zimbabwe from the classical era of the Munhumutapa Kingdom to the present. It further develops into the critical church - state relation issues and also the role of the churches in the mitigation of contemporary challenges like HIV and AIDS, economic woes and political conflict in Zimbabwe.
BRST 305 - Inter Religion Dialogue (3 Credits)
The module explores the importance of dialogue and the models used in the study of inter-religious dialogue in conflict resolution. It draws examples from African, oriental and occidental religions in order to show the vitality of tolerance among diverse cultures and traditions.
BRST 308 - Religion, Politics & Human Rights in Africa(3 Credits)
The module evaluates the interface of religion and human rights in society. It also explores selected religions such as Christianity, Islam and African Indigenous Religion. The gist of the module is to analyze church and State relations in the backdrop of the socio-economic and political challenges. The module examines the contributions of religion to conflict resolution and management for sustainable development in light of the impact of globalization which is influencing governance and human rights issues in contemporary Africa.
BRST 315 - African Philosophy (3 Credits)
The module is a historical and systematic presentation of the philosophical foundations in Africa. It explores the socio- political and cultural factors that have shaped the origins and subsequent development of African Philosophy as an academic discourse.
BRST 316 - History of Islam in West-Africa (3 Credits)
The module surveys the agents of Islamilazation and its contributions to human development. It also considers the role of indigenous people in the propagation of Islam. The impact of Islam on African societies and the impact of African cultures on Islam will be explored. The nature of Islam during the pre-colonial period, the colonial period and the post-colonial period will also be covered.
BRST 319 - Studies in the New Testament: Major Themes in the General Epistles & Revelation (3 Credits)
This module focuses on selected major themes in the Gospels and Acts, Pauline, Deutro- Pauline, non – Pauline letters and apocalyptic literature and how these themes are applicable to the Zimbabwean context.
BRST 323 - History of Islam in the Southern & Eastern Africa (3 Credits)
The module explores the implantation, expansion and development of Islam in Southern and Eastern Africa. It also makes a survey of the agents of Islamisation such as trade and labour migration, the nature of Islam and its contributions to socio-political and economic development of the region.
BRST 332 - Religious Education (3 Credits)
This course is intended to produce a student who is aware of the history and development of the teaching and learning of Religious Education. It is in this course that students are introduced to the various developmental theories with a religious flavor.   Approaches to the study of Religious education are also taught. Central to these approaches is the Multi-Faith Approach.   The intention of the course is to sensitize students to the character of their societies which are multi-religious.   As such, any practitioner of Religious Education should avoid religious conflict by positively analyzing other faiths outside of his or her own.   Such attitudes will produce societies that can co-exist in peace.  

COGNATES

FCSC 320 - Community Health (3 Credits)
This course introduces students to the principles of nutrition as they relate to health and wellness. The course focuses on laying nutritional foundations for a wholistic approach to health and wholeness. The content will include nutrients, digestion, dietary requirements, diet related diseases and deficiencies, life-span nutrition, alternative diets, eating trends and their outcome, as encapsulated in the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of health which includes the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions.  This course is not intended for Food and Nutrition majors. 
PSYC 232 - Principles of Pyschology (2 Credits)
A course in basic psychology (PSYC 232) or human development/permission of the lecturer. A study of the current theories and principles of counselling within the setting of pastoral ministry, and their application to the African context. A case study may be required.
SOCI 404 - Principles of Sociology (2 Credits)
This study deals with sociological organisation and interactions, human ecology and social change. Historical development of sociology is also dealt with. A research paper or project may be required.

RESEARCH SKILLS

BRST 301 - Research Methodology (3 Credits)
This course is intended to give students skills for research purposes.   Research has become the backbone of most programmes and it has become mandatory for each student to produce his/her research work before graduating.   As such, this course takes the student step by step in this research journey.   The purpose of the course is to prepare the student for actual research.
BRST 380 - Research Project (3 Credits)
The student shall carry out a research project from an area of choice studied in this programme and produce a written document applying the skills and competences learnt in the module BRST 301: Humanitarian Work-Related Research Methods. The module therefore emphasizes knowledge and skills application in learning.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

Behaviour Development
CONV 111-412: CONVOCATION (0 Credits)
ORIE 100: ORIENTATION (0 Credits)
WOED 121-122: WORK EDUCATION (0 Credits)
Health and Physical Education
PHED 116: Physical Education (2 Credits)
HLED 115: Healthier Living (2 Credits)

Mathematics
MATH 159: General Algebra (3 Credits)                                                                                                                     STAT 160:  Basic Statistics (2 Credits)

Languages Communication
COMM 102: Communication Skills and Academic Writing (3 Credits) 
Natural & Social Sciences

BIOL 389: Philosophical Biology (2 Credits)
HIST 276: Selected Themes in Zimbabwean History (2 Credits)
Computers
INSY 100: Computer & Data Processing (3 Credits)
Ethics and Philosophy
RELT 215: Philosophy of Christian Education (2 Credits)                                                                                          RELT 355: Religion & Ethics in Modern Society (3 Credits)