Reformation International TRS4100

  • 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: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will explore the theology and history of the Reformation across Europe as an international movement. It will also explore the way in which the Reformation has been perceived internationally. This course will be taught jointly with the University of Mainz and will involve a five-day teaching block at the University of Mainz.


2x2hr sessions in semester 1 TBA

14 hours of teaching in a four day block at the University of Mainz will take place between semester 1 and semester 2.

1x2hr session in semester 2 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.




Essay (3,000 words) - 50%

annotated bibliography (500 words) - 25%

Presentation of 30 minutes accompanied by materials as advised in course instructions - 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:

■ explore the Reformation in international perspective;

■ engage critically with relevant primary sources and secondary literature;

■ deepen understanding of the European context in the early-modern period;

■ foster an awareness of international approaches to the Reformation both in the sixteenth century and in the contemporary European context.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ discuss and analyse a range of national Reformation movements and their causes;

■ offer a critical analysis of relevant primary sources and secondary literature;

■ compare and contrast different European interpretations of Reformation history;

■ present the results of research into the Reformation in a specific context.

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.