Media Bible TRS4064

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • 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 Honours options in TRS and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Theology and Religious Studies, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

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

TRS3027 Media Bible Non Honours




Essay (2,500 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? Not applicable

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. 

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;

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

■ reflect critically and comparatively about the ways in which 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.