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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

THEO3215 Modern Theologians

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Alistair McFadyen

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

ONE of: THEO2295; THEO2400; THEO2090; THEO3295; THEO3110; THEO3170; THEO 2320; THEO2780.


THEO2090The Theology of St Paul
THEO2295Humanity in Christian Thought
THEO2320Theology and Ethical Theory
THEO2400The Making of Modern Belief
THEO2780Pentecostalism as a Public Religion in Africa
THEO3110Gay & Lesbian Christian Theo
THEO3170Religion, Belief and Ethics
THEO3295Humanity in Christian Thought

This module is mutually exclusive with

THEO2040Modern Theologians

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 engage with a theological corpus of writing in a way sensitive to the interrelation of substantive theological judgments and methodological options. They will be able to debate the contribution of some of the key systematic theologians of the twentieth century, of their contribution to theological debate, in relation to both particular doctrinal loci, to their systematic interrelation, and to the strategy of theology in relation to the modern world. Students will also have developed their own criteria for the making of theological judgments and have advanced their ability to articulate and defend these against alternative options, sensitive to the challenges of contemporary intellectual culture. Students will also be able to read primary theological material intensively and with sensitivity.


Lectures and group project (leading to presentation) options in the following: Background to Twentieth Century Theology; Barth; Tillich; Bultmann; Bonhoeffer; Rahner; Moltmann; Pannenberg; Schillebeeck; von Balthasar; Tracy; feminist theologies; liberation theology; contemporary American theologies.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group Project101.0010.00
Private study hours167.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

33 hours - Reading for lectures
74 hours - Group project work
60 hours - Preparing/ writing essay

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 ProjectPresentation40.00
Essay2,500 words60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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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