OUR DEGREE PROGRAMS
The Diploma in Philosophy and Theology is a three-year programme of full-time study that introduces students to reflection in philosophy and theology within an African context. Thinking and talking about God, the church, prayer and the spiritual life, providing a natural framework for raising the questions traditionally called philosophical. In fact, historically this was in large part how philosophy did develop. The diploma initiates the student into the parallel and interrelated histories and problems of philosophy and theology, and so into areas of thought that are central to the Catholic tradition but less seldom addressed in standard courses of theology or philosophy.
All students must have passes in five approved subjects obtained at Ordinary Level, including a pass in English Language, or equivalents as approved by the University of Zimbabwe’s General Academic Regulations for Certificates and Diplomas. In addition, all students must perform sufficiently well at an entrance examination and interview to be set by the Faculty Board of Arrupe College.
The following persons may apply for special entry and for exemption from the whole or part of the normal entry requirements: those who have obtained a degree or a Certificate of Education or their academic qualification from the University of Zimbabwe, or from another institution approved by the University of Zimbabwe as being of similar status. Students who qualify under special entry shall also be required to undertake an entrance examination and interview.
Mature entry for students who are 30 years and older on the first day of the academic year in which admission is sought requires passes in at least three approved subjects at Ordinary Level, plus experience in virtue of which the College considers them ready for a diploma programme. Students who qualify under mature entry shall also be required to undertake an entrance examination and interview.
University of Zimbabwe BA Honors Degree
This programme focuses first on developing language skills and appreciation of our shared African experience, then on developing and deepening realistic and critical reflection on this experience, and later on forming a personal synthesis. In this way the aim is to enable a student to acquire a capacity for self-education and, thus, become a responsible educator throughout life. The programme aims to form a person who lives by authentic values, is prepared for genuine dialogue and is available for the service of others. Such a person will be able to judge a situation reasonably, decide and act responsibly for the good of all and educate others to do the same.
The College will propose as candidates for a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Zimbabwe all who meet the requirements for admission to a degree programme at the University and who complete the College programme in accord with University standards. For admission all must have passed English language at least at the Ordinary level. Normal entry to the University of Zimbabwe requires either five passes, at least two at the Advanced level, or four passes, at least three at the Advanced level. Mature entry for students 30 years and older requires five passes at the Ordinary level and experience in virtue of which the University considers them ready for a degree programme.
The Master of Arts in Philosophy degree programme is offered by the Arrupe College as an Associate institution of the University of Zimbabwe. The programme consists of two Parts: Part 1 will be the course work component and Part 2 the research component.
The programme will run for three (3) semesters on a full-time basis, or six (6) semesters on a part-time basis. Each semester will normally consist of 15 weeks. Part 1 of the programme will be offered on full-time basis for two (2) semesters and part-time basis for four (4) semesters. Part 2 will be offered full-time for a period of one (1) semester, and part-time for a period of two (2) semesters. The programme will normally commence either in August or in February. A student shall register for six (6) courses for Part 1, two of which shall be core courses and four optional. Optional courses will be chosen from a range of options available in any one year. Each course shall normally consist of 30 hours of teaching and is single weighted. For full-time students, the dissertation will normally be submitted on or before 30 June or 30 November of the third semester, and part-time students will normally submit it on or before 30 June or 30 November of the sixth semester.
An applicant for this programme must satisfy the provisions of the General Academic and Faculty of Arts Regulations. To be considered for admission an applicant must have a good Honours degree (2.1 or better) in Philosophy or an approved equivalent.
Gregorian BA Degree
The College will propose as candidates for a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University, those who meet the requirements for entry to the B.A. Honours programme as detailed above, and who have successfully completed a programme of philosophical subjects selected from those offered for the B.A. Honours programme above that satisfies both the Dean and Faculty of Arrupe College, as well as the Dean and Faculty of Philosophy of the Gregorian University.
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