Faiths, Philosophies and Contemporary Culture EDUC4070

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

An inter-disciplinary study of how religious and philosophical ideas are expressed and explored in a variety of contemporary media and other cultural expressions, including literature, music, visual arts, and new media.


Weekly 2 hour seminars

Requirements of Entry






Assessment will be a series of responses to reading tasks (40%), and a project demonstrating analytical, evaluative and critical skills in relation to the representation of religious and philosophical ideas in a range of contemporary cultural artefacts (60%).




In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The course aims to give students an overview and insight into a wide range of contemporary cultural expressions of religious and philosophical ideas.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Analyse a range of contemporary cultural artefacts (including books, films, music, architecture, print and new media) and their representation of religious and philosophical ideas.

Evaluate the representation of religious and philosophical ideas in contemporary culture.

Articulate critical responses to contemporary cultural artefacts.

Compare and contrast representations of religious, philosophical and moral concepts across a range of cultural artefacts.

Demonstrate an ability to employ a range of cultural artefacts to support religious and philosophical education.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.