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DR1540 explores theological responses to human tragedy and cultural shock. It examines popular reactions to the terrorist attacks on the USA in 2001, and includes attention to the 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.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
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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.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
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%).
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.