Theology through Creative Writing TRS4081

  • 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 explore the ways in which creative writers have used a variety of genres to explore issues of theological significance. It will examine how creative writing can be a form of critical engagement with contemporary theological challenges.

Timetable

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

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Essay (2,500 words) - 40%

Portfolio (3,500 words) - 60%

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:

■ examine a range of genres (e.g. detective fiction, life writing, fantasy) in which creative writers have engaged with theological challenges and produced new theological thinking;

■ engage in close, critical readings of key literary and critical texts;

■ produce creative work, revise it for submission and reflect upon its production.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ identify how literary genres can become significant vehicles for the expression of theological thinking;

■ produce a work of critical close reading of a text or texts from a particular genre that present and respond to theological concerns;

■ create, edit and critique a work of creative writing.

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.