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Undergraduate Course: Doctrine of Creation (THET10022)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this course is to study in historical and contemporary perspective Christian theological approaches to creation, particularly with reference to key primary sources. Attention will be devoted both to classical formulations and also to modern disputes which reflect issues in the science-religion dialogue.
Course description Academic Description:
The course will introduce students to key thinkers set in historical context.This will demonstrate the influence of the theological idea of creation in western culture. The interactions of theology with philosophy and the natural sciences will be given particular attention.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
Study of the treatment of creation in Scripture, the early church, Augustine, Aquinas and Calvin is undertaken. This is followed by a more thematic approach exploring recent dialogue with evolutionary science, big bang cosmology and the search for extra-terrestrial life.

Student Learning Experience Information:
Each session will include a short lecture from the course teacher followed by a student-led presentation on a prescribed text. For ease of access, texts are made available electronically through the course website. Essay topics will enable students to selected a subject of interest, not otherwise tackled in the course syllabus.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Christian Theology: Doctrines and Debates (THET08017)
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 2019/20, 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 22, 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 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Seminar presentation and participation 20%; 3000 word essay 30%; degree examination 50%.
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. Engage critically with selected historical and theological sources.
  2. Show an awareness of the contextual conditions under which theological ideas were advanced and received.
  3. Show an ability to structure an arguments, to use correct grammar in expressing philosophical and theological ideas, and to support claims with reference to primary and secondary texts.
  4. Demonstrate good judgement about how to evaluate the relative importance of items on course bibliographies, and of arguments made in individual works.
  5. Develop skills in oral communication and participation in group discussion.
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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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