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Undergraduate Course: Calvin in Context (THET10053)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaTheology and Ethics Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionCalvin's Institutes is a classic text of Christian theology. In this course students explore Calvin's ideas in depth, in seminar discussions of the text, and through lectures which set the Institutes in the wider context of Calvin's writings, Genevan practice, 16th century controversy and modern scholarship.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements It is recommended that students have passed two courses at Level 8 in either Theology or History.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least two Theology/History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course, students will have acquired knowledge and understanding of:
- key themes in the Institutes;
- the 16th century context of Calvin's thought;
- important theological concepts in Reformation debates;
- recent scholarship on Calvin's theology;
- recent scholarship on the political, social and cultural context of his work;
- the place of Calvin in the development of Christian theology.
Students will be able to:
- work in detail with Calvin's text, and explain its theological and historical significance;
- juxtapose and compare the ideas of different thinkers in Calvin's debates with his contemporaries, and in debates among modern scholars;
- transfer enhanced analytical skills to other courses and future work;
- transfer enhanced skills of presentation, oral and written, to other courses and future work.
Assessment Information
20% for seminar presentation and participation;
30% for a 2,000 word essay;
50% for the degree examination.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsCalvin, Reformation, Historical Theology, Systematic Theology, History of Christianity.
Contacts
Course organiserProf Susan Hardman Moore
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900
Email: S.Hardmanmoore@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Paula Kruyff
Tel: (0131 6)5
Email: Paula.Kruyff@ed.ac.uk
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