BD 1: Creation, Culture & Context TRS1002

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to enable practitioners of Christian ministries, including candidates in training for the Church of Scotland's ministries, to reflect theologically on a range of contexts for Christian ministries.


2hr x Weekly. Tuesday 10-12.

Requirements of Entry

Normally students are required to be registered for the BD or BD Min

Excluded Courses





Students will produce a portfolio of:

Reflective Journal (20%);

2 essays x 1,500 words (35% each)

Assessed Group Project (10%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

1. To explore how questions of faith relating to contemporary culture are named and understood in relation to biblical narratives and Christian doctrines e.g. Creation; Fall; Redemption; Eschatology

2. To explore questions of theological anthropology, ecology and missiology.

3. To introduce a focus on the ecumenical themes of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and the concerns of emancipatory theology.

4. To explore approaches to reading the Scottish context for ministries in terms of location; wealth/poverty; culture and the arts etc.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Identify and exemplify ways of reading context in relation to biblical narratives and Christian doctrines.

2. Recognise and delineate key traditions of Christian reflection on anthropology, ecology and missiology.

3. Relate debates around inculturation, contextualisation and liberation to the practices of ministry.

4. Reflect theologically on how distinctive features of the Scottish context relate to the practice of ministries within Scotland.

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.