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Undergraduate Course: Social Christianity in Britain, Germany and the United States, 1848-1930 (ECHS08009)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaHistory of Christianity Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionWhat 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 (not applicable to Visiting Students)
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-requisitesVisiting 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
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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 coursework will have two components: a 2000-word essay, counting 30%, chosen from a wide choice of titles, AND quality of contributions to the seminar blogging/discussions, counting 10%. There is also 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, students must obtain a minimum of 40% in both the coursework (combined mark) and the degree exam.
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Course organiserProf Stewart Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 8951
Course secretaryMs Paula Kruyff
Tel: (0131 6)5
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