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Master of Arts in Religious Studies
About MARS

Master of Arts in Religious Studies - About MARS

About MARS

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Mission

The first and unique programme of its kind in local universities, the Master of Arts Programme in Religious Studies (hereafter the Programme) was established in 1998 by the Department of Religion (renamed Department of Cultural and Religious Studies in 2004). Considering religion an integral part of human life, thought and culture, the Programme advocates a critical and comparative perspective to the study of multifarious religious phenomena and a sympathetic understanding of people’s religious experience.

 

Emphasis on experiential learning is a distinctive feature of our Programme. Since religion is a living phenomenon in our society, fieldwork constitutes a core learning activity for students to integrate religious theory and application, and to gain a greater understanding of the daily religious practices of people, both locally and overseas. Over the past years, students participated in a large number of field trips organized either by individual courses or research centres to visit religious sites in Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China, Malacca, Japan, Portugal and so forth.

 

With the establishment of the Alumni Association of the Programme in 2013, a group of committed graduates has been passionate in promoting the culture, values and wisdom of different religious traditions to the general public through workshops, open lectures, and field trips. Moreover, thanks to the strong support of our alumni, fourscholarships (Ho Chor Memorial Scholarship, St. Francis Xavier Scholarship, Leung Yun Tim Memorial Scholarship, Shun Shin Yin Koon Scholarship) have been set up to recognize student achievements and promote the cause of religious studies.

 

The Programme being principally not career-oriented, most graduates in the Graduate Exit Survey strongly agree with the question: “The Programme has provided me an excellent foundation for my life-long learning”. Students recognize and affirm the Programme’s main objective of heightening their cultural and religious sensitivity, as well as critical and analytical skills, which lay a solid foundation for their lifelong learning.

Sharing by Graduates

 

Joanna Cheng

It has been a fruitful learning experience in the past two years. It’s more than cultural and religious studies - I treasured this study journey very much for it means searching the meaning of life to me. Professors are not only knowledgeable but also devoted to guide us with their warm hearts. Most important of all, I’ve been inspired to reflect on my own values and justify my beliefs more sensibly and with confidence. I enjoyed every sharing with classmates with different perspectives and we learned to understand and respect each other’s thoughts with an open mind. Thank God for I have studied in MARS!

Kenneth Chu

我作為工程及管理專業的從業員,對宗教的知識有著無比的興趣。2017終於鼓起勇氣,加入了中文大學的宗教研究碩士課程。在課程中接觸到香港不同宗教的歷史,理論及傳承,特別是與中國文化淵源甚深的道教,在漢朝時開始傳入的佛教,及後來在清朝時開始大舉傳播的天主教。課程亦包括外遊考察,2018年的目的地是台灣,通過教授的精心安排,在參學過程中對台灣宗教文化的認識有了很大的提升。MARS 課程提供了適切的學習環境,加上教授們的悉心指導,同學們都體驗了在他們有興趣的宗教範圍內的一次心靈對話與知慧的啟發。

程淑瑩 Vanessa Ching

工作上習慣了每天也計算回報和效益,想自我有些新衝擊﹑挑戰和突破,期望生命有所改變,亦源於自己對道教知識的追求,所以於2017年報讀 MARS 的課程。這個課程內容很精彩﹑豐富,充滿驚喜,令我有一種相逢恨晚的感覺。老師們熱誠及投入的教學,從不同角度切入,由理論、哲學、歷史、心理和宗教等的切面,將宗教立體化的展示在我們眼前,讓同學易於掌握,融會貫通,帶領我認識不同宗教之餘,也令我們思考更多,更加認識自己及可用全新的角度去認識自己的宗教信仰。非常感謝老師們的教導和同學們的分享互動,讓我愉快地完成這兩年的學習時光。

Joanne Lau

歷史在重覆、生活總是千遍一律地進行著、人生的旅程像是被相似的模具一個個複印。宗教研究的課程讓我從不同角度窺探宗教,從歷史洪流、社會民生、現代闡釋等。亦讓我從宗教研究角度重新了解人生旅程的意義,撥開了我人生的迷霧。