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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

THEO2040 Modern Theologians

20 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Dr Alistair McFadyen

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is mutually exclusive with

THEO1180Varieties of Rel: Modrn Africa

Module replaces

THEO 3130

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module explores how Christian thought developed in response to the world-changing events of the twentieth and early twenty-first century. We will look at the impact on Christian theology of the two world wars, of major intellectual and political movements such as feminism and postcolonialism, and of other changes affecting Christianity worldwide. We will study key modern theological texts in detail, and debate their implications and importance.


On completion of this module, students should be able to begin to relate divergent theological positions on specific doctrines to divergences in theological method. They will be able to identify, contrast and evaluate the contribution of some of the key systematic theologians of the twentieth century in relation to particular doctrinal loci. Students will be encouraged to develop their own criteria for the making of theological judgments, building on relevant secondary literature and their own primary reading.


Lectures and seminars (leading to presentation) options in the following: Background to Twentieth Century Theology; Barth; Tillich; Bultmann; Bonhoeffer; Rahner; Moltmann; Pannenberg; Schillebeeckx; von Balthasar; Tracy; feminist theologies; liberation theology; contemporary American theologies. The seminars require reading of some primary material alongside major critical engagments and critiques.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours168.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Guided reading for lectures: 44 hours
Preparing for seminars: 50 hours
Preparing for and sitting exam: 74 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Peer and tutor monitoring and evaluation in group projects. Lectures will also provide explicit opportunities for checking understanding and raising points of clarification. Opportunity to submit draft essay.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group DiscussionSeminar Performance20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam3 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2018


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