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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Divinity : Theology and Ethics

Undergraduate Course: Church, Sacraments and Ministry 3/4 (THET10001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe theology of the church and its ministry particularly in the context of the relationship of word and sacrament, relating these to contemporary issues facing the church and its ministry.
Course description Academic Description:
The course explores the understanding of church, sacraments and ministry in Reformed and ecumenical contexts. Focus is upon the history, doctrine and practice of ordained ministry with particular reference to Scottish Reformed contexts. The course is required of all Church of Scotland candidates, although it is open to all other qualified students.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
Attention is devoted to contested accounts of the church, infant baptism, the real presence of Christ in the Eucharistic elements, theologies of ordination, visual culture and the Reformation, church and state, new approaches to mission, and the history of worship in Scotland.

Student Learning Experience Information:
Each session will comprise a short lecture from the course teacher followed by a student-led presentation of the prescribed text. For each of access, texts are made available either electronically or through purchase in a single course pack. Essay topics enable students to explore other themes (e.g. confirmation or the eldership) and to work from different ecclesiological perspectives (e.g. Scottish Episcopalianism).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: God in Philosophy: Plato to Hume (THET08010) OR Christian Theology: Doctrines and Debates (THET08017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Or by permission of the Course Manager.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Divinity/Religious Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 27, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 165 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 20% on seminar presentations and participation, 30% on an essay, 50% on degree examination.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. should have gained an understanding of Reformed theologies of church, sacraments and ministry in historical and theological perspective;
  2. should have gained an understanding of different approaches to Christian worship with particular regard to the relationship between word and sacrament;
  3. should be able to read critically and comment upon a number of important texts in the designated areas of study;
  4. should be able to relate the study of historical and theological texts to issues of concern in the contemporary church and its ministry;
  5. should have enhanced the development of their presentational and communication skills in a small group setting.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf David Fergusson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8912
Course secretaryMs Katrina Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900
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