History MA/MA(SocSci)

Christianising The West C700-C.950 HIST4066

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This is not a course on church history but on the socio-religious history of Europe. It examines how missionaries and war-lords imposed Christian orthodoxy on pagan societies in Germany and Scandinavia and how that orthodoxy coped with religious and cultural challenges within the heartlands of Christianity, Paganism, magic, 'superstition', the cult of relics, baptism and funeral rituals, rather than theological disputes, are this course's main concerns.


Two one-hour sessions per week; This is one of the honours options in History and may not run every year

Excluded Courses



One essay (1500-2000 words in length) represents 20%; one oral seminar paper (800 words) equal to 6%; seminar contribution represents 4%; 1 x 120minutes duration exam in April/May diet represents 70%

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

Aims common to all the Department's Honours modules are as follows: 1. to develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years. 2. to offer the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

As per the outcomes already stored

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.