Honour School of Theology and Oriental Studies

A

  • 1. The subjects of the Honour School of Theology and Oriental Studies shall be 1 Theology and 2 Oriental Studies. All candidates must offer both 1 and 2.

  • 2. The Honour School of Theology and Oriental Studies shall be under the joint supervision of the Boards of the Faculties of Theology and Religion, and of Oriental Studies, which shall appoint a standing joint committee to make, and to submit to the two boards, proposals for regulations concerning the examination.

  • 3. No candidate shall be admitted to the examination in this School unless he or she has either passed or been exempted from the First Public Examination.

  • 4. The Public Examiners in this School shall be such of the Public Examiners in the Honour Schools of Theology and of Oriental Studies as may be required, together with any additional examiners who may be required who shall be nominated by the committee for the nomination of Public Examiners in one or both of those Honour Schools as appropriate.

B

  • 1. In the Honour School candidates will take eight papers, of which at least three and not more than five must be taken in Theology, and at least three and not more than five must be taken in Oriental Studies. One paper will be examined in the form of a dissertation. Completion of an application form will be required for the approval of the subject of the dissertation, indicating the paper for which it is substituting. In all cases the regulations that apply to the dissertation will be the Theology and Religion regulations, except for the date for submission of the title for approval, which will be sixth week in Hilary Term of Year 2. The request for approval should be addressed to the relevant Faculty Board Secretary using the application form available from the relevant Faculty Office. The application should include, in about 100 words, an explanation as to how the topic will be treated, and a brief bibliography.

    Candidates should in general aim at a length of 10,000 words, but must not exceed 15,000 words (both figures inclusive of notes and appendices, but excluding bibliography). The candidate is advised to have an initial discussion with his or her supervisor regarding the proposed field of study, the sources available, and the method of presentation. He or she should have further discussions with his or her supervisor during the preparation of the dissertation. His or her supervisor may read and comment on drafts of the dissertation.

    Every candidate shall sign a letter declaring the dissertation to be his or her own work and that it has not already been submitted (wholly or substantially) for a final honour school other than one involving Theology or Oriental Studies, or another degree of this University, or a degree of any other institution. This letter, which can be found in the Course Handbook or collected from the relevant Faculty Office, shall be presented together with the dissertation. No dissertation shall, however, be ineligible because it has been or is being submitted for any prize of this University.

    The candidate must submit two typed copies of the dissertation (bound or held firmly in a stiff cover), addressed to the Chair of the Examiners, Honour School of Theology and Oriental Studies, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford not later than noon on the Friday of the eighth week of Hilary Term in the academic year in which he or she is presenting himself or herself for examination. The letter of declaration signed by the candidate must be submitted separately in a sealed envelope addressed to the Chair of the Examiners at the above address at the same time as the copies are submitted.

  • 2. Candidates who offer some papers in Oriental Studies will be precluded from taking papers in Theology that have a similar content. A list of combinations of papers that are not permitted will be published in the course handbook two years before the examination.

  • 1. Theology

    Candidates will be required to offer either: God and Israel in the Old Testament (as for the Honour School of Theology Paper 1)

    or The Gospels and Jesus (with special reference to the gospels of Matthew and John) (as for the Honour School of Theology Paper 2)

    and either: The Development of Doctrine in the Early Church to AD 451 (as for the Honour School of Theology Paper 4)

    or God, Christ and Salvation (as for the Honour School of Theology Paper 5) and may take up to three other papers chosen from the Theology FHS.

  • 2. Oriental Studies

    The Oriental Studies papers may be chosen from any one of the following sections: 1 Buddhism, 2 Eastern Christianity, 3 Hinduism, 4 Islam, and 5 Judaism.

    Choice and availability of options. It cannot be guaranteed that teaching will be available on all papers in every academic year. Similarly, the choice of subject for the dissertation will necessarily depend upon availability of a suitable supervisor. Candidates should therefore consult with their tutors about the availability of teaching when selecting their optional and dissertation subjects.

    Approval of choice of options. Applications for the approval of all options and papers must be submitted to the Undergraduate Studies Committee of the Faculty Board of Oriental Studies by Monday of the sixth week of Hilary Term in the academic year preceding that in which the examination is taken.

  • 1. Buddhism

    • 1. Pali, Sanskrit, or Tibetan language

      either (a) A Buddhist canonical language: Pali

      or (b) A Buddhist canonical language: Tibetan

      or (c) A Buddhist canonical language: Sanskrit

    • 2. Pali texts, Sanskrit texts, or second Tibetan language paper

      either (a) Set texts in a Buddhist canonical language: Pali

      or (b) Set texts in a Buddhist canonical language: Tibetan

      or (c) Set texts in a Buddhist canonical language: Sanskrit

    • 3. Foundations of Buddhism (Buddhism I) (as for the Honour School of Theology Paper 18)

    • 4. Buddhism in Space and Time (Buddhism II) (as for the Honour School of Theology Paper 19)

    • 5. Further Buddhist texts

      either (a) Further Buddhist texts: Pali

      or (b) Further Buddhist Texts: Tibetan

      or (c) Further Buddhist Texts: Sanskrit

    • Candidates will be required to take paper 1 and up to four other papers. Students must choose the same language in papers 1, 2, and 5.

  • 2. Eastern Christianity

    • 1. Armenian or Syriac language

    • 2. Early Armenian theological and ecclesiastical texts or Early Syriac Christianity (Armenian as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, SUBSIDIARY LANGUAGES, Armenian, A. Classical Armenian, Paper 2. Prepared religions texts; Early Syriac Christianity as for FHS Theology Paper 32)

    • 3. Armenian historical texts or Syriac biblical and exegetical texts (Armenian as for FHS Oriental Studies, SUBSIDIARY LANGUAGES, Armenian, A. Classical Armenian, Paper 3. Prepared historical and other texts, but excluding essay questions on literature, etc.)

    • 4. Armenian or Syriac poetry (Armenian as for FHS Oriental Studies, SUBSIDIARY LANGUAGES, Armenian, A. Classical Armenian, Paper 3. Prepared historical and other texts, but excluding essay questions on literature, etc.)

    • 5. Armenian Christology and the development of doctrine or Syriac theology and mystical texts.

      Candidates will be required to take paper 1 and up to four other papers.

  • 3. Hinduism

    • 1. Sanskrit language and texts I

    • 2. Sanskrit language and texts II

    • 3. Hinduism I: Sources and Development (as for the Honour School of Theology Paper 20)

    • 4. Texts on the nature of dharma

    • 5. Vedic religion and Brahmanism

    • 6. Saiva Doctrine and Practice

    • Candidates will be required to take papers 1, 2 and 3, and up to two other papers.

  • 4. Islam

    • 1. Translation from Classical Arabic

    • 2. Islamic Texts (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, SUBSIDIARY LANGUAGES, Arabic Paper 3. Additional Arabic: Islamic texts)

    • 3. Hadith (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Paper 7. i.)

    • 4. Medieval Sufi thought (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Paper 7. ix.)

    • 5. A modern Islamic thinker (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Paper 7. xvi.)

    • 6. Topics in Islamic Law (The Honour School of Oriental Studies, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Paper 9 iv.)

    • Candidates will be required to take papers 1 and 2 and may take up to three other papers. Teaching may not be available for all of papers 3-6 in every year.

  • 5. Judaism

    • 1. Classical Jewish Texts and Language

    • 2. Second Temple Judaism (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Jewish Studies, b. Section II. (e))

    • 3. The Formation of Rabbinic Judaism (as for the Honour School of Theology, The Formation of Rabbinic Judaism (Judaism 1), Paper 14)

    • 4. History of Jewish-Christian Relations (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Jewish Studies, b. Section IV. (o))

    • 5. History of Jewish-Muslim Relations (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Jewish Studies, b. Section IV. (p))

    • 6. History of Jewish Bible Interpretation (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Jewish Studies, b. Section IV. (q))

    • 7. Modern Judaism (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Jewish Studies, b. Section V. (v)).

      Candidates will be required to take paper 1 and up to four other papers. Lists of set texts will be published in the handbook.