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Unit information: Medieval Religion: Christianity and Islam in 2021/22

Unit name Medieval Religion: Christianity and Islam
Unit code THRSM0134
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Sutcliffe
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Religion and Theology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will examine the role of religion as a major force in shaping the cultural identity of the people of the Middle Ages. Lectures will examine key themes in religion, philosophy and culture in medieval Islam and Christianity.

The aims of the unit are to:

  1. introduce students to the role of religion as a major force in shaping the cultural identity of the people of the Middle Ages;
  2. explore devotional practices (e.g., pilgrimages, fasting); conceptions of sacred scripture (e.g., Bible and Koran); philosophical/theological ideas.
  3. develop skills in reading, writing and argumentation in relation to medieval religion.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

1.Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of some of the core devotional, textual and philosophical issues within the topics discussed in the unit.

2.Demonstrate familiarity with some of the central contemporary literature on these issues.

3. analyse and critically appraise these issues, by providing argumentative justification for their position.

4.demonstrate skills in research, academic writing and argumentation.

Additionally (specific to level M), students will be able to

(5) display high level skills in evaluating, analysing, synthesising and (where apt) critiquing images and ideas.

(6) apply existing analytical strategies to new evidence with flexibility and creativity

(7) demonstrate the capacity for independent research

Teaching Information

Classes will involve a combination of long- and short-form lectures, class discussion, investigative activities, and practical activities. Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a weekly basis. This will be further supported with drop-in sessions and self-directed exercises with tutor and peer feedback.

Assessment Information

One summative essay of ca. 5000 words Measures outcomes 1-7


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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