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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
THEO3295 Humanity in Christian Thought: Theological Anthropology
20 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Dr Alistair McFadyen
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2017/18
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module explores Christian theological thinking about the human. It will afford opportunities to consider the development and use of key concepts, such as person, self, soul, creature and explore their relationship to patterns of modern thought and practice, including such fields as human rights, crime and criminal justice, human dignity, human flourishing, health and well-being.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to:
- engage critically with Christian ways of thinking theologically about the human in Biblical, historical and contemporary theological contexts;
- to enable students to reflect critically on the relationship between theological anthropology and other doctrinal loci and on the way in which standard Christian tropes are modified in different cultural, philosophical and scientific contexts and in relation to different doctrinal loci;
- to enable students to achieve an advanced understanding of the practical consequences of theoretical positions in this area and to relate Christian thought to contemporary secular discourse.
By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate advanced understanding of, and be able to evidence advanced analytic and synthetic critical ability in relation to:
- the various major tropes of Christian theological anthropology, their interrelation and relation to the broader doctrinal ecology of Christian faith;
- the development of patterns of Christian thinking about humanity, sensitive to their relation with secular or non-theological thought;
- key points of contention in Christian theological anthropology, and between theological anthropology and secular thinking about the human;
- the relationship between theoretical accounts of the human and issues of practice relating to, for example, disability, dignity, dehumanisation, human rights, human flourishing, health and well-being.
1. Introduction: Anthropology as a theological theme
2. The human as a theme in contemporary culture: human rights; dignity; freedom
3. Imaging God - theological essentialism?
4. On being a creature: ecology; dependence; gift
5. Psalm 8 and the context of human flourishing
6. Ecce Homo - Christology and anthropology
7. Soul, body, spirit and science
8. Person and relation: imaging the triune God?
9. Dehumanisation and disability - the human and less than fully human?
10. Restoring and fulfilling humanity: salvation and eschatology
11. Particularity, diversity, essentialism
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||178.50|
|Total Contact hours||21.50|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyWeekly themed reading accompanying lectures; reading each week for the collaborative literature review; preparation for essay.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackThe weekly lectures will afford students the opportunity to check their progress, but the main opportunity for tutor intervention and assessment of progress will be through the collaborative process. The tutor will attend two meetings of each group and read drafts of the review. Opportunities to submit plans and discuss bibliographies for the essay will also be given.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||1 x 3,000 words||70.00|
|Literature Review||1 x 3,000 words||30.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Resit by essay as above and an individual literature review
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 20/07/2017
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