Presbyterian Studies (Online) TRS1020

  • 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: No

Short Description

An introductory course in Presbyterian Studies suitable for students preparing for a range of ministries within Presbyterian churches.


Mixed Mode: Online via Moodle including podcasted lectures, plus face to face seminars

Requirements of Entry

Acceptance to BD Min or BD programme.

Excluded Courses






Essay One (1000 words) will address the historical development of Presbyterianism. (30%)

Essay Two (1000 words) will address questions of polity and governance within Presbyterianism.(30%)

The reflective project (1500 words) will be related to either worship practice or current contextual issues facing Presbyterian churches. (40%)




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.

Course Aims

To introduce students to the history of Presbyterianism, primarily within Scotland/UK, but also globally.

To inform students about traditions and current practice in Presbyterian church polity and law.

To develop awareness of Presbyterian theology and practice in worship + sacraments.

To enable critical reflection on the social and cultural context for the work of Presbyterian churches, primarily within Scotland/UK, but also globally.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ identify the main phases of historical development of Presbyterian tradition in Scotland

■ describe the main features of Presbyterian polity and governance

■ plan a worship service which reflects Presbyterian theology and practice

■ offer an informed analaysis of key contextual issues for the life and work of Presbyterian churches today

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.