Method and Hermeneutics in Theology
Module Title: Method and Hermeneutics in Theology
Module Code: THM701
The module is designed to provide the opportunity for students to engage with some of the central figures (for example Radford-Ruether, Sobrino, Trible) in theological interpretation through a close reading of key texts. Changing contexts (for example, Post-colonialism, Secularisation and Globalisation) and locations (such as Europe and South America) will be taken into account in trying to understand the on-going task and challenge of theological interpretation.
CATS Value: 30
ECTS Value: 15
Scheduled: 25 (Lectures 12; Seminars 7; Tutorials 1; On-line learning 5)
Independent: 275 (Directed learning 125; Self-directed time 150)
Total Hours: 300
Programmes for which this Module is Mandatory: None
Programmes where this Module may be taken as an Option: MA in Contemporary Christian Theology (PT and FT)
Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:
• Enable students to give a critical account of the nature of theological interpretation
• Develop each student’s account of major shifts in theological interpretation
• Enable each student to illustrate the above with examples using critical analysis of primary texts
• Provide the necessary political, social and intellectual context for the analysis of primary texts
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:
• Analyse critically primary texts (in translation) and contextualise them with confidence
• Identify and critically evaluate intellectual movements in their historical context
• Develop a systematic and comprehensive understanding of the influence of these movements on theology
• Apply self-reflectively their knowledge gained in the module to current issues in theology, making informed judgements on complex issues.
Method of Assessment:
Component 1: 30% Portfolio containing a hermeneutical analysis of a text (2500 words) initially presented to group and revised in the light of the critical discussion.
Component 2: 70% A 4000 word essay critically exploring one author, method, or school of Hermeneutics. Title to be agreed in advance with tutor.