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Course Overview

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) is one of the most prominent voices in modern theology. From the 1960s to the present his work has been at the centre of a number of important theological developments and debates. Moreover, his dramatic involvement in the resistance against Hitler, and consequent execution, has resulted in a widespread interest in his work outside of the academy.  Today, he is among the most widely read theologians in Europe, North America and beyond. This course will focus on Bonhoeffer’s major theological writings.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Michael Mawson
  • Dr Michael Mawson

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • DR301U Theology Against the Nazis: the Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Studied)
  • DR302J Theology Against the Nazis: the Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Studied)
  • DR352J Theology Against the Nazis: the Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Studied)
  • DR402J Theology Against the Nazis: the Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This courses concentrates on the writings of the German theologian Dietrich Bonoheffer.

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

  • Class presentation (10%)
  • 3500-word essay (50%)
  • 2-hour written examination (40%)
  • No resit

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment principally takes the form of conversation between instructors and students during seminar sessions, and this will form an essential part of the work of the seminar.


I will provide written feedback on continuous assessment within two weeks of work being submitted. Students will also discuss ideas for the final paper and submit essay plans.

Course Learning Outcomes


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