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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
THEO1760 Studying Christianity
10 creditsClass Size: 150
Module manager: Dr Tasia Scrutton
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2018/19
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe module will introduce students to a range of approaches to the academic study of Christianity, while also introducing them to the diversity of Christianity globally, in any given location, and historically.
Objectives- To equip students with the basic concepts, vocabulary, information and skills required to study Christianity in academic contexts;
- To enable students to recognise, and engage critically with, the diversity of contemporary Christian practice and thought, with historical awareness;
- To introduce major current issues and trends in the study of Christianity and to enable students to understand and evaluate ongoing work on these issues.
By the end of the module students should be able to:
- Understand basic concepts, vocabulary and information – both about Christianity and about the study of Christianity – and demonstrate the ability to use them in discussing specific examples of Christian practice, thought and organisation;
- Understand, and give an account of, how one or more approaches to the study of Christianity might illuminate a contemporary issue.
The course will be structured around a series of ‘case studies’ of contemporary global Christianity, to which the lectures and discussions will return.
Part 1: Introduction
- Introduction: World Christianity today (and the case studies)
- 'How We Got Here': an overview of Christianity's history
Part 2: Dimensions of Christianity – and How to Study Them
- Worship and Ritual – Anthropological Approaches
- Symbols, Stories and Texts – Theological Approaches
- Institutions and Organisations – Sociological Approaches
- Arts and Cultures – Cultural Approaches
- Worldviews and Ethics – Philosophical Approaches
Part 3: Issues in the Study of Christianity
- Gender and Sexuality
- Christian Politics?
- Christianity in/and Modernity
- Christianity and Religious Plurality
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||77.00|
|Total Contact hours||23.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyPreparation for seminars and group learning, 20 hours; preparation of presentation, 10 hours; work on report during semester, 20 hours; finalisation of report before submission, 27 hours.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Report||Project Report 2000 words||85.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Resit for presentation will be submission of notes and any visual aids.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 14/08/2018
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