Worship, Liturgy and Preaching TRS4082

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course offers students a placement-based introduction to the processes involved in planning and producing worship resources including sermons, liturgies and rituals.


1x1hr seminar per week over 20 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. 

20 hours placement TBA

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

TRS2008 Worship & Liturgy 2

TRS4041 Worship & Witness in a Theological Perspective




Two x 2,000 word essays - 25% each

critical reflection on two sermons (1000 words)  - 15%

critical reflection on a liturgy or ritual (750 words) - 10%

critical self-evaluation of own participation in the group, including an annotated list of resources consulted during the course (1000 words)  - 25%

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:

■ engage in a placement including participation in the development of liturgy, preaching and leading worship;

■ be introduced to contemporary understandings of the design, presentation and reception of worship materials;

■ research, generate and use resources to assist in the construction of worship;

■ explore the significance of worship and ritual in relation to the human life cycle;

■ develop writing, presentation and evaluation skills through active engagement in a worship reflection group lead by an experienced practitioner;

■ receive detailed feedback on their own practice as a worship leader.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ apply their understanding of contemporary theology to the design, presentation and reception of worship material and evaluate these in relation to their own practice.

■ employ a variety of web-based supports for the design of worship material;

■ design liturgical material appropriate to different stages in the human life cycle;

■ critically assess their own practice as a worship leader and supportively critique the work of colleagues.

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.