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Course Overview

DR1540 explores theological responses to human tragedy and cultural shock. It examines popular reactions to terrorist attacks on USA in 2001, and includes attention to two European world wars and Holocaust, the Tsunami in South-East Asia, Hurricane Katrina, and the Japanese response to disasters in its history. Attention will be given to themes such as the question of ‘theodicy’, the function of religious discourse in the face of tragedy, and the relationship between religion and politics. The discussion moves from these analyses to explore the peril of speaking of God in times of terror.  Download Course Guide

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Armand Leon Van Ommen

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

To introduce students to practical theology and Christian ethics. This is accomplished by demonstrating how theological issues arise out of human contextual experience, and how theologians respond to specific historical events. Some familiarity with issues that arise in Christian ethics will be accomplished through attention to the debate over the question of a “Just War” in Christian thought.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

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

1st Attempt:

One essay of 1,200-1,500 words (35%)

1 short tutorial paper of 500 words - written answers to questions (5%)

2 hour exam (60%).


2-hour examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Feedback for in course assessment will be provided in typed form on the School's grade report sheet. Such assessment will highlight in particular those things the student has done well, and those things which could be done to strengthen the essay for a higher grade.

Course Learning Outcomes


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