Postgraduate taught 

Educational Studies MSc

Conceptual Frameworks in Contemporary Religious Education EDUC5939

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine a range of conceptual frameworks in contemporary Religious Education in the Catholic tradition.


This course is taught entirely online. The course begins in September and ends in May. There will be a total of 38 weeks (the equivalent of 12 weeks spaced over 35 weeks and three weeks assignment preparation). There will be six milestone activities during the 35 week teaching period.


Students will be expected to be online at least once every two weeks in this pathway course and to work online and with the online resources for some 90 notional learning hours, to undertake guided independent and groupwork activity for some 68 notional learning hours and to deploy some 42 notional learning hours to assignment preparation with peer and tutor support.

Excluded Courses





This course is summatively assessed by a written assignment equivalent to 4,000-4,500 words in which participants demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, skills and, if possible, practical application of the themes of the course

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the range of approaches to Religious Education that are offered in national and international contexts and the academic and cultural concepts that underpin these approaches. The course will also enable students to engage critically with philosophical and theological traditions which underpin methodological and conceptual frameworks in Religious Education and allow them to gain a deeper and more critical understanding of the place of nurture in religious schools.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Critically discuss the philosophical, theological and cultural underpinning of contemporary understandings of Religious Education

■ Evaluate the influence on Religious Education of contemporary cultural norms and expectations

■ Critically analyse the complexities surrounding faith nurture in schooling

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.