Date: January 16, 2021 (Sat)
Deadline of Registration: January 13, 2021 (Wed)
The Master of Arts Programme in Religious Studies (hereafter the Programme) is the first and unique programme of its kind in Hong Kong higher education. It was established in 1998 by the Department of Religion (renamed Department of Cultural and Religious Studies in 2004). With the smooth and successful running of the Programme, we have trained more than 600 graduates.
Considering religion an integral part of human life, thought and culture, the Programme advocates a scholarly and comparative perspective to the study of multifarious religious phenomena, and achieves a sympathetic understanding of diverse religious experiences. The Programme aims to cultivate students to understand religious culture from different traditions and disciplinary knowledge. It provides a broad and critical study in relating religious wisdom to human life and society.
The Programme adopts a proactive approach to enhance students' academic performance in religious studies. A Seminar on Academic Paper Writing is organized in the first semester every year to help students grasp the methods of writing an up-to-standard academic paper in religious studies. The introduction of the course "Research Paper in Religious Studies" in 2010 enables our students to acquire some essential skills and methodologies of engaging a critical research paper, which makes them better equipped for further research degree studies.
Emphasis on experiential learning is a distinctive feature of our Programme. Since religion is a living tradition in our society, fieldwork is considered as 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.
The Programme is principally not career-oriented. Nevertheless, it can cultivate students to be open-minded and to have ability in appreciation of differences. Especially in the face of a diversified and globalized society like in Hong Kong. It is a timely need for our students to have the ability to understand different religious cultures. Many graduates of the Programme in the Graduate Exit Survey strongly stand with the following learning outcome, that is, “The Programme has provided me an excellent foundation for my life-long learning”. Students really recognize and affirm the Programme’s main objective of heightening their cultural and religious sensitivity, as well as critical and analytical skills.
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, which is, the embodiment of lifelong learning.
Sharing by Graduates
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!
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。