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Undergraduate Course: The Making of Christian Orthodoxy 325-451 (DIVI10021)

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
SummaryAn examination of the historical and doctrinal forces behind the first four ecumenical councils, Nicaga (325), Constantinople 1 (381), Ephesus (431) and Chalcedon (451) and their definitions of the nature of God and of Christ.
Course description Academic Description:
The first four Christian ecumenical councils - Nicaea (325), Constantinople I (381), Ephesus (431) and Chalcedon (451) - have been key to the theological self-understanding of many of the world's churches, East and West. Students attending this course will examine and comment on the central documents of each of the councils, such as the Nicene Creed and the Chalcedonian Definition, and others parallel to them, considering the complex historical and doctrinal forces which shaped these councils and their definitions of the nature of God and of Christ. The course will consider what was at stake both for those who took part in the councils and for those who accepted or rejected their authority.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking The Making of Christian Orthodoxy 325-451 3/4 (ECHS10012)
Other requirements Students who have previously taken the following course MUST NOT enroll: The Making of Christian Orthodoxy 325-451 3/4 (ECHS10012)
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 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
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 0 %, Coursework 90 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 10% - Class Presentation

30% - 3 x Online Commentary (1000 words each)

60% - Final Essay (3000 words)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Comment intelligently on the documents of the first four ecumenical councils in relation to their historical and theological backgrounds.
  2. Critically assess the notion of orthodoxy as it emerged through these councils.
  3. Show increased skills in oral and literary presentation and critical assessment.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Empathy and imaginative insight, with a tolerance of diverse positions
- Ability to attend to others and respect others' views
- Analytical ability and the capacity to formulate questions and solve problems
- Presentation skills, both oral and written, supported by appropriate technologies
Course organiserDr Sara Parvis
Tel: (0131 6)50 8907
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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