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DR505A: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND DEVELOPMENTS IN DISABILITY THEOLOGY (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


Course Overview

This course gives an overview of some salient issues in Disability Theology. Topics that will be covered are, amongst others: What is disability?; What it means to be human?; Theological approaches to health and healing; Community; Stigma and taboo. The course also discusses various models of disability, such as the dominant medical model and the social model. The course engages with other current issues and developments as they might present itself during the course.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Armand Leon Van Ommen

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • DR555A Contemporary Issues and Developments in Disability Theology (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course builds the foundations for thinking theologically about disability. It explores and helps students to analyse contemporary issues and developments in Disability Theology. The course starts with a simple yet complex question: what is disability? It reviews various models, including the medical and social model, but also offers a way of starting to think theologically about disability. From this first question a much-discussed and fundamental question follows: what does it mean to be human? That is the question of theological anthropology, that will be discussed specifically here but runs throughout the course. The discussion gains further depth in light of the question whether God is disabled, as some scholars have suggested. Having laid the groundwork for thinking theologically about disability, the course continues to discuss the issue of health and healing. This is related to another topic that the course covers, which is that of community, including the issues of inclusion and exclusion and ways of moving beyond those concepts.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
Assessment Weeks 12 Feedback Weeks 15

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Feedback

Students will receive clear instructions for essay-writing and what is expected of the essay, as well as what they will be assessed on. Written feedback will be provided by the course instructor.  

Word Count 5000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseBy the end of this course, students can reflect theologically on core questions and issues posed by this course, such what it means to be human, and a theological view of healing.

Poster + presentation + commentary

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 11 Feedback Weeks 13

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Feedback

Students will benefit from appropriate scaffolding of the assignment. Feedback will be given by the course instructor. Oral feedback will be given immediately, written feedback will follow later.  

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateBy the end of this course, students can describe and evaluate salient issues in Disability Theology, as discussed in the course.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of any failed work

Assessment Type Summative Weighting
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseBy the end of this course, students can reflect theologically on core questions and issues posed by this course, such what it means to be human, and a theological view of healing.
ConceptualEvaluateBy the end of this course, students can describe and evaluate salient issues in Disability Theology, as discussed in the course.

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