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Undergraduate Course: Ecclesiastical History 2C: Social Christianity in the North Atlantic World (ECHS08006)

Course Outline
School School of Divinity College College of Humanities and Social Science
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits 20
Home subject area Ecclesiastical History Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description What should be the Christian response to the problems of modern urban-industrial societies? Is it possible to maintain a Christian society amid the complexities of industrialisation, urbanisation, global trade networks and democratic politics? How much influence can the Churches as institutions exercise in the multi-ethnic cultures created by the mass migrations of peoples in the emerging global economy? This course will explore these questions by considering the responses of the Churches to modernisation in the world's three most advanced industrial nations; Great Britain, Germany and the United States; during the later nineteenth and early twentieth century. In particular, it will investigate the complex movement known as; social Christianity; or the social gospel;, in which Christians struggled to revive the idea of the Kingdom of God amid the turmoil of class strife, racial and ethnic tensions, mass deprivation, rapid social and economic change, and international rivalries. It will give special attention to Christian social thought as illustrated by certain key proponents of social Christianity, including F.D. Maurice and William Temple in Great Britain, Adolph Harnack and Karl Barth in German-speaking Europe, and Walter Rauschenbusch and Reinhold Niebuhr in the United States.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed History of Christianity as a World Religion 1A (ECHS08005) AND History of Christianity as a World Religion 1B (ECHS08004)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites Visiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Divinity/Religious Studies course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
New CollegeLecture1-11 14:00 - 14:50
New CollegeLecture1-11 14:00 - 14:50
New CollegeLecture1-11 14:00 - 14:50
First Class Week 1, Monday, 14:00 - 14:50, Zone: New College. Martin Hall
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes Stationery Requirements Comments
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:0020 sides
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:0020 sides
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The course will provide students with a broad overview of social Christianity within its social context, and it will give them an understanding of how the social gospel played a major role in shaping Christian social thought in the modern Western world, particularly through its influence on some seminal theologians of the twentieth century. The lectures will promote a critical understanding of the past and will introduce some of the major historical interpretations of the period, while seminar meetings will enhance skills in the analysis of primary documents and in orderly and accurate oral presentation of ideas. The preparation of the essay will strengthen writing skills and to enhance abilities in research and in the development of arguments.
Assessment Information
The summative assessment will have three components: a 2000-word essay, counting 30%, chosen from a wide choice of titles, quality of contributions to the seminar blogging/discussions, counting 10%, and a written degree examination in the May diet lasting two hours and containing nine questions with three to be answered, which will count 60%. Attendance at the weekly seminars is required, and students are expected to contribute intelligently to seminar discussions on the basis of the specified reading.
In order to pass this course, you must obtain a minimum of 40% in each of the above assessed components.
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Course organiser Prof Stewart Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 8951
Course secretary Mrs Joanne Cannon
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900
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