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Theology and Disability, PgDip

University of Aberdeen

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    University of Aberdeen

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    20 months

Course summary

The Theology and Disability programme studies the reality of what some call ‘disability’ in contemporary cultural contexts. It explores the underlying reasons for stigmatisation and oppression. The programme offers theological ways of seeing ‘disability’ as transformative for understanding what it means to be human and the nature of the good life. Situated in the Department of Divinity and Religious Studies, the programme approaches the questions and issues studied theologically, whilst drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives. The experience of disability opens up a fresh space for re-thinking and re-narrating what it means to be human. Beginning with that premise, this programme in Theology and Disability starts to re-think questions about the nature of society, community, and authentic human living. Many approaches to disability and human diversity work with the assumption that people living with disabilities are a sub-group, that is, a group that is specifically marked out by specific differences that are often negatively framed by society.

Disability studies advocate liberating practices to facilitate forms of social, political and relational action intended to bring about fairness, justice, citizenship and inclusion. This approach is important, powerful and necessary. However, the deeper questions are why such an oppressive and stigmatising culture exists in the first place and why the majority of people live within it but don’t seem to be able to see its oppressive power. The issue seems to be a distorted view of humanness and human difference that emerges from a particular kind of worldview which is inherent to cultures in the Modern West/Global North, specifically those which define the individual human being according to their capacities and autonomy. This programme assumes that the form of human difference that some choose to name “disability” is not inevitably problematic, but may, in fact, be a key to new transformative ways of looking at humanity and the nature of the good life.

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University information

University of Aberdeen

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  • Campus address

    University of Aberdeen, Directorate of External Relations, King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, City Of, AB24 3FX, Scotland

One of the top 40 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide).
Student population includes over 130 nationalities, with strong international global networks.
An International Centre provides support to students from application to graduation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    9th out of 29 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 197

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.17 83%



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