Food in Christian Religion (DIVI10034)
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Visiting students should have passed at least 3 Divinity/Religious Studies courses at grade B or above; we will only consider University/College level courses.
This course explores fascinating and sometimes bizarre Christian traditions of food and eating in order to understand consumption, addiction and abstinence today.
Academic Description: This course explores fascinating and sometimes bizarre Christian traditions of food and eating in order to understand consumption, addiction and abstinence today. Its methodology crosses the boundaries between theology, religious studies and biblical studies. By focusing on food and eating, the course encourages students to look at texts and traditions with which they may well be familiar from a new angle. It shows how theology can shape decisions about everyday life and equips students to develop their own constructive theology of food and diet by drawing on a diverse range of texts, traditions and theories. Syllabus/Outline Content: The first half of the course covers biblical and historical material. It opens with a social anthropological reading of Leviticus and an analysis of conflicts around table fellowship in the Pauline communities. It then moves on to the medieval period, covering the desert fathers, monasteries and collective social abstinence, before turning to the Reformation critique of previous practice. The second half of the course focuses on selected issues. It begins with a constructive critique of consumer society followed by a theological appraisal of addiction. Consideration of meat-eating and sacrifice comes next and finally an examination of the idea of eucharistic eating. Student Learning Experience Information: There is one two-hour seminar each week and the course manager is available for consultation at other times. A key text is to be read before each seminar and forms the basis for the seminar teaching and discussion. Each student gives a presentation on one of these texts and may upload the presentation or its text to the Learn site for use by other course members. The assessment comprises the presentation and seminar participation, a coursework essay and a written exam.
Written Exam 45%, Coursework 45%, Practical Exam 10%
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