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Undergraduate Course: Church, Conflict and Community in Britain and Ireland 1850-1914 3/4 (ECHS10004)

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
SummaryA study of Church, state and society from the first Christian Socialist movement to the First World War. Topics include the growth of religious pluralism, the "Victorian Crisis of Faith", religion and nationalism in Ireland, liberal "Broad Church" theology revivalism and the "social gospel".
Course description Academic Description:
The course explores religion, politics and society in Britain and Ireland during the height of British imperial power. There are four main themes. First, the course investigates the response of the British Churches to the rapid social changes associated with mature industrial society, the movement for women┐s equality, and growing democracy. Second, it considers the Victorian crisis of faith, as Christian orthodoxy was challenged by modern science, biblical scholarship and increased exposure to other world faiths. Third, it explores the weakening connection of Church and State, and the growth of religious pluralism. Finally, it assesses the role of religion in defining identities in an era of democratic nationalism, giving attention to the growth of Catholic nationalism and Protestant Unionism in Ireland.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course will apply historical approaches to the religious history of imperial Britain, with a strong emphasis on skills for assessing historical evidence. Themes to be explored include Christian approaches to the challenges of industrialisation and urbanisation; Anglican sisterhoods, deaconesses and Christian feminism; popular religion, gender and secularisation; Protestant revivalism and Roman Catholic missions; Catholic Nationalism and Protestant Unionism in Ireland; Imperial Christianity and Overseas Missions; and new religious movements (spiritualism, theosophy, esoteric magic). We will read short works by a number of religious thinkers and activists, including Charles Kingsley, Charles Darwin, Josephine Butler, Matthew Arnold, John Henry Newman, David Livingstone, and Annie Besant.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course has a weekly three-hour meeting, consisting of a lecture, a seminar discussion of a text or texts, and student presentations based on their essay projects. The lectures are extensively illustrated with images, and there is opportunity for questions and discussion. There is a schedule of reading to be carried out before each class meeting, and students introduce the seminar readings. Through participation in lectures and seminar discussions, and the student presentations on their essay projects, as well as through the written work and the examination, students will demonstrate their achievement of the intended learning outcomes.

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)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 10% Presentation
30% Essay
60% 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. Recognise how religion, and especially Christianity, played a vital role in shaping modern British and Irish society and politics
  2. Construct historical explanations and arguments, with comparisons of social class, gender, ethnic identities, denominational affiliations, and ecclesiastical parties
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the religious, social, political and economic history of Britain and Ireland within the British imperial context
  4. Show critical awareness of the achievements of Christian thinkers and activists in responding to the challenges of modernity
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Stewart Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 8951
Course secretaryMs Katrina Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900
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