Studying Theology at Carlow College, St Patrick’s will give you a strong foundation in the history and development of theology. There is also special focus placed on the theology of culture, the study of world religions, the global reality of religion, social justice and the connection between theology and the creative arts.
Together with lecturers and other students, you will explore many fascinating moral questions on subjects such as social justice & applied ethics, as well as the biblical world. As a student of Theology, you will also have the option of taking teaching placement modules offering you experience of teaching at both primary and post-primary level.
Our theology stream is taught alongside other college disciplines in the Arts and Humanities programme. You can study theology in modules such as ‘Theology of Social Justice and Applied Ethics,’ ‘Religion, Conflict, and Peace,’ ‘World Religions,’ and ‘Theological Themes in Literature, Cinema, and Music.’
Learn how the architectural layout and design of sites reflects and speaks to the personalities, genders, and beliefs of those who inhabit them. Visit and carry out project work in museums and places of worship including the world renowned Chester Beaty Library, the Irish Jewish Museum, Clonskeagh Mosque, the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar in Ballsbridge, and the Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kilmainham. You will also have the opportunity to meet and interview our guest lecturers and artists who have expertise in a wide variety of areas, from poetry to gaming, and of course theological studies.
There is a long tradition of teaching placement as part of studying theology at Carlow College St Patrick’s. The two-year teaching placement module is offered to learners in years three and four of the Arts and Humanities Programme. During the teaching placement modules, you will be provided with practical ‘hands-on’ experience in Primary and Post-Primary school settings in a way that is structured and supported. It is designed to give student teachers’ an opportunity to gain practice in teaching, to enjoy school life and to use educational theory in a variety of teaching and learning situations. Workshops are also provided to help prepare student teachers for classroom teaching.
The Theology stream at Carlow College St Patrick’s allows learners who would like to teach in primary and post-primary schools to achieve the Teaching Council of Ireland’s requirements for the teaching of Religion. The stream also allows learners to meet the requirements for postgraduate studies in the areas of Theology, Chaplaincy, Religious Studies, and Digital Humanities.