Mission in Contemporary Scotland TRS4110

  • 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 offers the opportunity to explore Christian mission in Scotland in the interactions of faith with society in words and deeds, including consideration of (a) the development of mission since World War II; (b) present day global missiology; and (c) present expressions and future possibilities of mission in Scotland


1 x 2hr seminar per week over 10 teaching 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



Essay (2500 words): 40%

Project (3000 words): 50%

Presentation of 10 minutes with A4 handout: 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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:

■ introduce students to the study of missiology in the context of church and society in contemporary Scotland;

■ explore directions of Christian mission in Scotland from World War II to the present, and particularly the dynamic re-energisation of mission in Scotland in the period from 1945 to 1970;

■ consider developments in global mission theology and World Christianity;

■ alert students to possible future directions for mission in Scotland.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able:

■ to offer a historical appreciation and critical analysis of the dynamic modes of Christian mission exercised in Scotland in the post-war period and their relevance for the present;

■ to present a critical understanding of theories and tensions in mission theology and world Christianity through the lens of the Scottish context;

■ to assess the present and potential future state of mission in contemporary Scottish Christianity through an exploration of its present expressions, in the light of their local and global roots;

■ reflect on their own experience, values and practice to generate insights for their understanding of mission;

■ present informed and well-honed 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.