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DR101Z: 'ATHEISM AND ATHEISMS’ (2019-2020)

Last modified: 25 Sep 2019 09:58


Course Overview

This course will offer an overview of philosophical and theological approaches of atheism, from ancient times to the present day. It will trace the historical development of atheistic thought, beginning with ancient atheisms and pin-pointing key historical texts and developments in this area of thought. The course will explore divergent modern approaches to unbelief, including New Atheism, ‘temperate’ or ‘soft’ atheisms, and Humanism, as well as the more recent phenomenon of ‘godless religion’ and secular churches. The latter part of the course will trace theological engagement with atheism, examining religious responses to unbelief. The module will end with some discussion of how the discipline of theology might engage with atheism in both contemporary and future discourse.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Katie Cross

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

  • Distance Learning
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • DR151Q Atheism and Atheisms (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

As Western society becomes increasingly detached from religion and religious practice, it is more important than ever to understand the place and function of atheism (and atheisms) in modern thought. This course will explore the historical development of atheistic perspectives from ancient times, as well as more current trends in thinking (including New and ‘Temperate’ atheisms, the phenomenon of ‘godless churches’ and claims that we now live in a ‘post-secular’ society). Discussions will turn towards theological engagement with atheism and religious responses to unbelief. Finally, we will consider the place of atheism in contemporary discourse, and how theology might engage with it in future.


Summative Assessments

Exam

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Consisting of 3 short-answer essay questions based on the required reading and lecture material. Students will be able to choose from a selection of 9 questions.

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Essay

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Feedback Word Count 1500
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Short paper 500 words

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Formative Assessment

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Resit Assessments

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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandStudents will become familiar with the historical development of atheism, as well as associated key tests and events.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will be introduced to various forms of contemporary atheism, and the differences (and similarities) between them.
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will critically analyse the functions of various atheisms.
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will reflect upon the place of atheism (and atheisms) in contemporary culture, and be equipped to discuss and evaluate the wider implications of secularisation in Western society.

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