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DR303M: REFORMATION, REASON & REVOLT: CHURCH, POLITICS & THEOLOGY (2023-2024)

Last modified: 05 Oct 2023 08:46


Course Overview

The European Reformation was a time of immense ecclesiastical, social, intellectual and political transformation that changed the religious and cultural landscape of the West forever. By way of regular seminars, this course draws students into detailed exploration of critical events, developments, ideas and debates of this tumultuous period in history to consider the nature of the transformations which it bequeathed to subsequent centuries up to and including our own.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Philip Ziegler
  • Dr Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

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What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course explores the history of European Christianity during the period of the Reformation (15th - 17th c). Focussing upon 16th century efforts to reform the church and the permanent rifts such efforts ultimately created within western Christianity, we consider developments in Roman Catholic doctrine and practice ensuing from internal and external pressure to reform, the origins and early development of national Protestant churches (Reformed, Lutheran and Anglican), as well as more radical Christian parties which often shared uneasy relations with political states and their allied churches; the course also examines the emergence of a divided Christendom and the political revolutions which accompanied this transformation of the European religious landscape. Special attention is given to critical examination of the central theological issues and debates of the period with a view to understanding both the nature and stakes of these divisive disputes. Regular seminars will offer students a broad introduction to developments in Christian theology, spirituality and institutional life during this period. Direct engagement with contemporary primary texts will offer students opportunities to consider individual items of historical evidence in greater depth.


Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
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Weekly seminar and discussion board across all weeks of regular teaching in term.

Oral feedback at end of session.

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseTo analyse the developments and ideas involved in the unfolding of the Reformations of the 16th century.
ConceptualEvaluateTo explain the historical and intellectual contexts within which the theology of the Reformations of the 16th century is best understood.
ConceptualUnderstandTo discuss with understanding the main events, figures, and ideas involved in the Reformations of the 16th century.
ProceduralApplyTo express their own historical and theological ideas and arguments effectively in oral and written forms.
ReflectionEvaluateTo appraise the significance of the events and ideas of the Reformations of the 16th century within the wider European historical and theological tradition.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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Mid-term Essay. 

Written feedback provided roughly in week 5 or 6 of teaching.

Word Count 1500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseTo analyse the developments and ideas involved in the unfolding of the Reformations of the 16th century.
ConceptualEvaluateTo explain the historical and intellectual contexts within which the theology of the Reformations of the 16th century is best understood.
ConceptualUnderstandTo discuss with understanding the main events, figures, and ideas involved in the Reformations of the 16th century.
ProceduralApplyTo express their own historical and theological ideas and arguments effectively in oral and written forms.
ReflectionEvaluateTo appraise the significance of the events and ideas of the Reformations of the 16th century within the wider European historical and theological tradition.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
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Final Essay - End of term. 

Written feedback provided roughly week 12. 

Word Count 2500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseTo analyse the developments and ideas involved in the unfolding of the Reformations of the 16th century.
ConceptualEvaluateTo explain the historical and intellectual contexts within which the theology of the Reformations of the 16th century is best understood.
ConceptualUnderstandTo discuss with understanding the main events, figures, and ideas involved in the Reformations of the 16th century.
ProceduralApplyTo express their own historical and theological ideas and arguments effectively in oral and written forms.
ReflectionEvaluateTo appraise the significance of the events and ideas of the Reformations of the 16th century within the wider European historical and theological tradition.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Essay on a different subject to original assessment.

Written feedback provided.

Word Count 4000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionEvaluateTo appraise the significance of the events and ideas of the Reformations of the 16th century within the wider European historical and theological tradition.
ConceptualUnderstandTo discuss with understanding the main events, figures, and ideas involved in the Reformations of the 16th century.
ConceptualAnalyseTo analyse the developments and ideas involved in the unfolding of the Reformations of the 16th century.
ConceptualEvaluateTo explain the historical and intellectual contexts within which the theology of the Reformations of the 16th century is best understood.
ProceduralApplyTo express their own historical and theological ideas and arguments effectively in oral and written forms.

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