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Semester 1

Lived Theology (DIVI10011)

Subject

Divinity

College

CAHSS

Credits

20

Normal Year Taken

4

Delivery Session Year

2022/2023

Pre-requisites

Since the number of placements might be limited, students who would like to participate in this course should send a short statement, explaining their motivation (300 words maximum), to the Course Organiser via email - if you obtain permission from the course organiser to enrol, you must send evidence of this to the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. Although this course does not have any pre-requisites, it is designed for students who have studied two full years of Divinity/Religious Studies beforehand. If you have not studied this subject area to that level, it is your responsibility to ensure the course is an appropriate level for you during the first week of teaching, and you must drop this course (before the Course Change Deadline) if you do not have the required background knowledge/skills.

Course Summary

What do people do when they do theology? Does their practice change their theology? Does their theology change their practice? And why does it matter? Through placements in the Charteris Centre in Edinburgh, a community hub for people from religious and non-religious backgrounds, run by Greyfriars Kirk, a congregation of the Church of Scotland, this course investigates the significance and scope of practice for theology. The course concentrates on learning by doing. It offers a structured and supportive environment for students to conceptualise and conduct their own research projects on a theological issue that presents itself in the work of the Centre. The research can cover a variety of issues, ranging from poverty through community organising campaigns to pluralism. Students identify, investigate, and interpret the issue from theological and sociological angles, including empirical explorations. Thus, they analyse and assess theology as it is actually practiced, while impacting and improving the work of the Centre through their expertise. This course is open to all students. Ministry students are particularly welcome. Since the number of placements might be limited, students who would like to participate in this course should send a short statement, explaining their motivation (300 words maximum), to the Course Organiser via email.

Course Description

Academic Description: This course investigates the significance and scope of practice for theology. Working in the wake of the participative turn to practice as accentuated in recent sociological and theological reflections on lived religion, the course places students in the Charteris Centre in Edinburgh, a community hub for people from religious and non-religious backgrounds, run by Greyfriars Kirk. In a structured and supportive course environment, students conceptualise and conduct their own research projects on a theological issue that presents itself in the work of the Centre. The research can cover a variety of issues, ranging from poverty through community organising campaigns to pluralism. Students identify, investigate, and interpret the issue from theological and sociological angles, drawing on their own empirical explorations. Thus, students analyse and assess theology as it is actually practiced, while impacting and improving the work of the Centre through their expertise. Outline: The course is organised around the students' placement in the Charteris Centre in Edinburgh. These placements run in addition to weekly sessions. Framed by Introduction and Conclusion that cover the requirements and the results of research on theology in practice, these weekly sessions cover the challenges that confront students while they conceptualise and conduct their own research projects. Concentrating on the students experience and exploration of the practice of the Charteris Centre, the workshops consider sociological and theological conceptualisations of practice, including a variety of methodological approaches to theology as it is lived. Student Learning Experience: The course is structured around the students' placement in the Charteris Centre in Edinburgh. These placements run in addition to weekly seminar sessions. While there will be lectures that cover the sociological and theological conceptualisations of practice in theology, most of the weekly seminar sessions will be workshops on the challenges that students encounter in conceptualising and conducting their own research project. Practitioners working at the Charteris Centre may join these sessions from time to time. The set texts are selected in accordance with the students' research projects, but students are expected to research literature on their own. Students are assessed in three consecutive and complementary steps: (1) a presentation on the theological issue that they would like to research, (2) a portfolio of fieldwork notes that identifies the core concern and the core concepts of their research, and (3) a 3000-word essay presenting their research. Through these assessments, students demonstrate the achievement of the learning outcomes of the course.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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