Undergraduate Course: The Theology of Karl Barth (DIVI10092)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores key themes in the theology of Karl Barth, engaging critically with his work and reflecting carefully on aspects of its scholarly reception and contemporary adequacy.
The course explores the theology of Karl Barth (1886-1968), the leading Reformed theologian of the 20th century. Attention is devoted to the shape of Barth's theology and its developments from the 1920s onwards, particularly through exploration of selected passages of his magnum opus, The Church Dogmatics.
The class will explore Barth's early dialectical theology of the 1920s, his involvement in the German Church struggle of the 1930s, and the content of his mature theology. Themes will include his account of revelation, the doctrine of God, election, creation, and providence, Christology, ecclesiology, and ethics.
Student Learning Experience Information:
Each session will comprise a short lecture from the course teacher followed by a student-led presentation of the prescribed text - the Church Dogmatics is available in electronic form via the EUL catalogue as well as in the New College Library. Essays topics will enable students to engage with the leading commentators on Barth through study of a selected theme not covered in lectures and seminars.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
The Theology of Karl Barth (THET10042)
||Other requirements|| Students who have previously taken the following course MUST NOT enroll: The Theology of Karl Barth (THET10042)
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the key dimensions of the work of Barth: its intellectual context, underlying concerns, and material content.
- Engage critically with Barth's work by way of a close reading of primary texts and by judicious use of secondary literature.
- Consider the implications of the theology of Barth for contemporary constructive work in systematic theology.
- Deepen their knowledge of an aspect of Barth's work through writing an essay engaging with both primary and secondary literature.
- Enhance their ability to present to their colleagues in the seminar and to participate constructively in discussion.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
- Analytical ability and the capacity to formulate questions and solve problems
- Writing skills, including clear expression and citing relevant evidence
- Presentation skills, both oral and written, supported by appropriate technologies
|Course organiser||Dr James Eglinton
Tel: (0131 6)50 8975