As part of the Faculty of Humanities the TRS Department recognizes that the main purpose of the university is to promote the pursuit of truth and the advancement of knowledge, to provide facilities for higher education, and to serve all those who seek through its facilities to avail themselves of and contribute to teaching, research and public service.
The TRS Department recognizes that its main mission is academic and that its primary objective is to contribute substantially, through its various programmes, courses, research activities and academic links towards the development of Botswana's human resources.
As an academic institution the TRS Department endeavours to further the teaching of theology and religious studies in order to meet the training needs of the nation. The department's mission is geared primarily towards meeting the need for teachers of religious education as the government expands its secondary education sector.
The department has also undertaken the important task of training and providing human resources that contribute to the physical and spiritual development of this country and its people, more specifically in the training of ministers of religion in the churches in Botswana. This has been done through its Diploma and part-time Certificate in Theology programmes.
The department is committed to excellent teaching, to doing research and in that way to contributing to the universal search for knowledge. In other words the department sees itself as part of the universe of academic institutions that are committed to the search for religious and theological truth.
The department is also committed to making the results of its own research available to those in the world around it who want to use such results for their own development and advancement. This is done through publication of articles in local and international journals. At other times such findings are published in the form of monographs thus providing an in-depth study of the subjects in question.
Lastly but more importantly the department also realizes the urgent task and duty of undertaking the training of theologians for the purpose of localisation. In keeping with the university policy on localisation, the TRS Department has taken this task seriously by identifying potential academics, both men and women, to be trained as future members of staff in order to realize the nation's dream of developing its own well trained human resources.
In carrying out its academic responsibilities the TRS Department is very much aware of its geographical location in southern Africa and the implications of doing theology there. In order to be relevant to the context in which we are working the TRS Department operates from the perspective of contextualization in the study of theology and religion.
The prevailing social, economic, political and religious circumstances in the region influence the priority questions in our work.
A close look at our courses and programmes shows three dimensions in which our world view is reflected.
- There is an ecumenical universal dimension in which we show our recognition of the validity of theological tradition as it has been handed down to us by generations of theologians from the inception of the church to the present.
- There is also a regional dimension in which we recognize the significance, legitimacy and usefulness of new third world contributions to theology such as Liberation Theology, Black Theology, African Christian Theology and others.
- Lastly we have also included a local element where intensive research is involved. It is in this connection that we encourage members of staff and students to undertake in-depth research on religious and theological issues in Botswana.
Aims and Objectives
Further to what has been said above the mission of the TRS Department is reflected in its Aims and Objectives. These are:
- To assist in the training of secondary school teachers by providing training in theology and religious studies subjects which normally form part of secondary school curriculum.
- To contribute to the training of people in public services and in the private sector so as to meet the urgent need to develop the country's human resources.
- To enable students to acquire a better understanding of human being as social in its totality, and as involving the body, soul and spirit; and to assist students to think critically and creatively.
- To stimulate research in the area of theology and religious studies that affects the day to day life of the individual and the nation as a whole.
- To collaborate with other departments and faculties of the university by mounting inter-faculty training programmes such as the current PGDCE and the joint M.Ed. programmes for the furtherance of knowledge and truth.
- To collaborate with other university agencies such as the Centre for Continuing Education in the upgrading of knowledge and skills of teachers, pastors, ordinary citizens and other public servants who may wish to acquire theological training through part-time or tailor-made study programmes at its centres in Francistown, Selibe-Phikwe, Mahalapye and Lobatse.
We hope this information will assist you in deciding to join our department this academic year. We shall work hard to make your academic career at this university a fruitful venture. If the information contained in this page is not enough, please, do not hesitate to contact the Head of Department or any other member of staff.