Undergraduate Course: History of Christianity as a World Religion 1B (ECHS08004)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive view of the global Christian movement in time and space. It considers the period from the Reformation to the present. (1500 CE to present), including mission and ministry in Africa, Latin America, Asia and North America, as well as following changes in Europe
This course surveys formative trends in Christian history throughout the world from the sixteenth century to the present day giving a comprehensive view of the global Christian movement in time and space. It covers mission and ministry in Africa, Latin America, Asia and North America, as well as following changes in Europe and movements of religious transformation, cultural encounter and missionary expansion.
The course applies historical approaches and the study of original texts to the understanding of formative trends in Christian history throughout the world from the sixteenth century to the present day. In European history attention is paid to the sixteenth-century Reformations (with particular reference to Scotland), the impact on the churches of the Enlightenment and industrialisation, and their response in the twentieth century to totalitarian regimes in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. On the global stage, the course covers the expansion of European Christendom to Latin America, Asia and Africa, the role of Christianity in shaping American history, and the more recent growth of distinctive varieties of non-western Christianity. In tutorials these themes are illustrated by study of original texts.
Student Learning Experience Information:
The course has a programme of self-paced audio/visual material each week equivalent to three one-hour lectures. Weekly tutorials will be held. As well as the primary text for each tutorial, there is a schedule of secondary reading. Each student will be required to write one main blog entry online on a primary text and give a presentation based on it to the relevant tutorial. Every student will also be expected to write weekly short comments on the blogs and participate in tutorial discussion each week.
In additional to the tutorial work, students will also investigate two topics in depth through pieces of written coursework, each supported by a preparatory workshop run by a lecturer. The workshop sessions will be either in person or online and spread throughout the semester.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
History of Christianity as a World Religion 1A (ECHS08005)
||Other requirements|| Or by permission of the Course Manager
|Additional Costs|| Tutorial readings £5 (TBC)
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||By permission of the Course Manager
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 x Tutorial Blog 800 words and short weekly comments 20%
Scholarship Analysis task 1000 words 30%
Final essay due during the exam period 2000 words 50%
In order to pass the course, students must obtain a minimum of 40% in both the in-course work (combined mark) and the final essay.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Recognise and discuss the growth and diversification of the global Christian movement from the early Reformation to the present.
- Identify and assess the place of Christianity in world history and be aware of some interactions between denominations and with other religions.
- Interpret a variety of historical evidence relating to Christianity as a world religion.
- Critique the secondary literature on the place of Christianity in world history.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Ability to gather, evaluate and synthesise different types of information
- Analytical ability and the capacity to formulate questions and solve problems
- Writing skills, including clear expression and citing relevant evidence
- Ability to engage critically with the meaning of documents and recognise that meanings may be multiple
|Course organiser||Dr Kirsty Murray
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900
|Course secretary||Mr Jamie Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 8913