Postgraduate Course: History of Science and Religion in the Christian Tradition (THET11015)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course aims to provide a broad overview of some of the most salient developments in the history of the relations between science and religion. It is offered as an option within the MTh (Theology in History) programme, but is also available to other MTh/MSc programmes in the School of Divinity and more widely in the College of Humanities and Social Science.
Key episodes in the history of science and religion are explored in multi-disciplinary perspective. These cover material from the early church to the early 21st century, and seek to show the complex ways in which religion and science have been intertwined and have interacted.
The course is team taught, drawing upon scholars from science, history and theology. The syllabus examines interpretations of Genesis in the early church, before moving through the middle ages and the early modern period. Leading scientists such as Newton and Darwin are discussed, while attention is given to the interactions of science and religion in literature.
Student Learning Experience Information:
Each session will include a short lecture from the course teachers followed by a student-led presentation on a prescribed text. For ease of access, texts are made available through a single course handbook which can be purchased by students. Essays topics enable students to work on a subject of particular interest from within the syllabus.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||This is a graduate-level course. Please confirm subject prerequisites with the Course Manager.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||20% - Presentation
80% - Essay (3000 words)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Engage critically with selected historical, scientific and theological sources.
- Show an awareness of the contextual conditions under which scientific and theological ideas were advanced and received.
- Show an ability to structure an argument, to use correct grammar in expressing scientific and theological ideas, and to support claims with reference to specific named primary and secondary texts.
- Develop skills in oral communication and participation in group discussion.
|Useful background material may be found in Peter Harrison (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2010). This course uses Resource Lists: to see the latest reading list for the course go to https://eu01.alma.exlibrisgroup.com/leganto/readinglist/searchlists and search for the course title.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Michael Fuller
Tel: (0131 6)50 8963
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227