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Course Overview

This course engages at length and in depth with the classic topics of God, Christ, and salvation in the Christian theological tradition, aiming to foster critical reflection on the scope and coherence of Christian teachings as well as on the defining concerns and conventions of Christian systematic theology, and to cultivate in students the interpretative and analytical skills required for advanced work in the discipline. In this course, students will engage intensively with one or more major texts from the Christian doctrinal tradition, with a particular focus on modern and contemporary sources.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Philip Ziegler

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

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Course Description

In this course, students will engage intensively with one or more works of significance from the Christian doctrinal tradition in order to explore the doctrinal loci of God, Christ, and salvation and their related themes. This will typically involve close study either of a series of excepts from one major theological text or of a variety of excepts drawn from a range of doctrinal texts, though on occasion other modes of engagement and other resources of significance may be pursued.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

mid-course expository essay (30%)

final course essay (60%)

seminar participation (10%)


resit: resubmission of coursework

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualCreateExpress complex theological ideas and judgments in both oral and written arguments.
ConceptualAnalyseAppreciate and analyse the logic and arguments involved in the development and articulation of the Christian doctrines under consideration.
ConceptualEvaluateFormulate and articulate critical questions concerning the history, development and coherence of the Christian doctrines under consideration.
FactualUnderstandIdentify and describe the chief contours of the doctrines of God, Christology and Soteriology as encountered in course materials.

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