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Course Overview

Across two millenia, Christian theology has been advanced by contributions of leading theologians who have reflected upon substantive claims of the Christian faith, developed accounts of their interconnections and meaning, and engaged with the intellectual challenges raised in their era.  This course invites students to detailed engagement with the work or onr or more leading theologians from the history of the Christian tradition by way of sustained study of primary texts in the context of lively seminar discussion and debate. Theologians considered may include figures such as Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Schleiermacher, Barth, von Balthasar, and Torrance. 


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Rev David Emerton

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • DR302C Encounters with Great Theologians (Studied)
  • DR352C Encounters with Great Theologians (Studied)
  • DR452C Encounters with Great Theologians (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course invites students to a sustained encounter with the life and work of major theologians who have contributed decisively to the formulation and development of the Christian theological tradition. Theologians considered may include figures such as Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Schleiermacher, Barth, von Balthasar, and Torrance.  By way of extensive engagement with primary texts in the context of shared seminar discussion, we will explore the distinctive contributions made by the particular theologian(s) under consideration with a view to illuminating their significance in the formulation of Christian doctrine as well as enhancing our understanding of the nature, responsibilities and craft of theology as such.

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

  • Two 3000-word essays (90%)
  • Seminar participation (10%)


  • No resit

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Feedback will be given by course instructors in the form of personal conversation with students in seminar, detailed written comments on all submitted written work, and detailed written feedback on seminar presentations.

Course Learning Outcomes


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