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Undergraduate Course: Christian Theology: Doctrines and Debates (THET08017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA critical and detailed study of selected doctrines of the Christian faith, dealing with such subjects as Scripture, the Trinity, Christology, pnematology, creation and providence. Particular attention is given to the biblical foundations and historical development of each doctrine, to the relation between the various doctrines, and to the contemporary interpretation and application of the doctrines.
Course description Academic Description:
This is a foundational course in Christian theology that explores the importance of doctrine in the Christian faith, both historically and in its present day expressions. Students cover five key areas of doctrine (the Trinity, theological anthropology, Christology, Pneumatology, and ecclesiology), each of which is taught in relation to the Christian Scriptures, subsequent contextualised in its development throughout the history of Christianity, and challenged in relation to possible contemporary articulations of the doctrines in question. The goal of the course is that students will be introduced to systematic, historical and constructive approaches to Christian theology.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course has five units, each of which is covered in a two-week block: (i) The Trinity, (ii) Theological Anthropology, (iii) Christology, (iv) Pneumatology, and (v) Ecclesiology.
Each unit covers the development of the topic concerned in five parts: (i) in the Christian Scriptures, (ii) in the early church, (iii) in the Medieval era, (iv) in the Reformation era, and (v) in contemporary theology.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course is taught through a mixture of lectures and tutorials. There are three lectures and one tutorial per week. There are two tutorial readings per unit: one 'classic' and one 'modern'. Students are taught how to handle historic and contemporary theological texts comparatively, and with sensitivity to historical context. This, in turn, helps them to develop as constructive readers and theologians.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have completed at least one introductory level Divinity/Religious Studies course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. Only University/College level courses will be considered in this connection.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) COURSEWORK: One 2,000 word essay (25%); Three 400 word exercises (15%);
EXAM: One 24 hour take home exam, with three questions to be answered (60%)

In order to pass this course, students must obtain a minimum of 40% in both the coursework (combined mark) and the degree exam.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify, describe and critique the importance of particular doctrines to the Christian faith historically and in the present day.
  2. Ability to discuss Christian doctrines systematically, constructively and critically.
  3. Ability to read texts from a range of historical periods comparatively.
  4. Ability to write essays demonstrating descriptive and critical skills.
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Additional Information
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Course organiserDr James Eglinton
Tel: (0131 6)50 8975
Course secretaryMr Jamie Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 8913
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