Postgraduate Course: Approaches to Research: World Christianity (DIVI11017)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||In the second semester of the Approaches to Research course, World Christianity candidates will study selected sources in the historical, social scientific, and theological study of world Christianity. These will be selected for their value in demonstrating key methodologies and with the overall aim of helping students prepare for their dissertation work and lay the foundations for further research in the area.
This 10-credit course lays the essential foundations for the Masters dissertation by introducing students to resources and appropriate methodologies for historical, theological, and social scientific approaches to the study of world Christianity.
The course builds upon the first semester Approaches to Research course by introducing World Christianity candidates to selected on-line databases and resources for the historical, social scientific, and theological study of world Christianity. These will be selected for their value in demonstrating key methodologies and with the overall aim of helping students prepare for their dissertation work and lay the foundations for further research in the area.
Student Learning Experience Information:
The course covers 4 weeks of introductory classes (2 hours), and then culminates in the dissertation proposal session in week 10 in which students present their intended dissertation project to the whole class. In the interim students prepare their written dissertation proposal. This is marked and feedback supplied in time for appropriate revisions to be made for the oral presentation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written dissertation proposal of 2,500-3,000 words, plus bibliography (60% of total course assessment);
Oral presentation of dissertation proposal (40% of total course assessment).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with some of the main methodological issues raised by the historical, social scientific, and theological study of world Christianity.
- Access appropriate on-line or archival resources for their dissertations.
- Present a coherent and viable dissertation proposal in both written and oral form.
- Where appropriate, formulate a viable application for subsequent PhD work.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||2 hours sessions in Weeks 1-4 and dissertation proposal session in Week 10.
|Keywords||Christianity; sources; methods
|Course organiser||Prof Brian Stanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 8934
|Course secretary||Dr Jessica Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227