Media Bible Non Honours TRS3027

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will take a 'cultural historical' approach to biblical material from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the New Testament, and trace the media evolution of the Bible from oral stories, to boxes of scrolls, to codices, all the way to contemporary forms such as Manga Bibles, Children's Bibles, graphic novels, film, art, and music..


1x2hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the Level 3 options in TRS and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 or above in any TRS level 2 course or at the discretion of the Head of Theology and Religious Studies.

Excluded Courses

TRS3013 The Media Bible: Before And After The Religion Of The Book

TRS4034 The Media Bible: Before And After The Religion Of The Book

TRS4064 Media Bible




Essay (2,000 words) - 40%

Presentation of 10 minutes - 10%

Examination (90 minutes duration) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. 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 for this course are described below. 

Presentation is not available for reassessment

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ assess critically the theme of religion and media as it relates to early Jewish and Christian texts, and to develop comparisons of this ancient material with selected contemporary media transformations in detailed analyses of overlapping 'scriptural cultures';

■ investigate how contemporary forms of media transmission affect the communication of biblical themes and motifs, and be able to map similarities and differences in these forms onto pre-modern and ancient technologies.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ narrate early Jewish and Christian religion in terms of important developments within scribal, authorial and interpretive practices;

■ provide an analysis, through enquiry-based projects, how communicative practices and theological ideas influence one another in ancient and selected contemporary contexts of biblical interpretation;

■ reflect critically and comparatively about ways selected changes in the storage, search, or transmission capacities of new media affect our understanding of biblical texts;

present complex arguments in written and oral form.

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.