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Undergraduate Course: Scottish Theology (DIVI10032)

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 analysis of the leading trends, thinkers and texts in Scottish theology (i.e. theology in Scotland) from the middle ages to the twentieth century.
Course description Academic Description:
The course will introduce students to key thinkers set in historical context.This will demonstrate the influence of theological ideas on Scottish culture, while also showing the effects of wider European traditions upon Scottish life. The interactions of theology with philosophy, history and science will also be identified.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
Attention is given to leading scholars from Duns Scotus in the 14th century through the Reformation, early modern period, and Enlightenment. Students will cover the leading Reformation confessions in Scotland before proceeding to the influence of later trends in Scottish theology, including the influence of Biblical criticism, Darwinian science and trends in continental theology.

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 electronically through the course website. Essay topics will enable students to select a subject of particular interest, not covered elsewhere in the course syllabus.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed ( Christian Theology: Doctrines and Debates (THET08017) OR Christian Theology: Doctrines and Debates (DIVI08025)) OR ( The God(s) of the Philosophers: Proposals and Problems (THET08018) OR The God(s) of the Philosophers: Proposals and Problems (DIVI08026))
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Scottish Theology 3/4 (THET10027)
Other requirements Students who have previously taken the following course MUST NOT enroll: Scottish Theology 3/4 (THET10027)
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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Engage critically with selected historical and theological sources.
  2. Show an awareness of the contextual conditions under which theological ideas were advanced and received.
  3. Show an ability to structure an argument, to use correct grammar in expressing philosophical and theological ideas, and to support claims with reference to specific named primary and secondary texts.
  4. Develop skills in oral communication and participation in group discussion.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Capacity for reflexive learning
- 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
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Course organiser Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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