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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module THEO55730: Christian Formation, Faith Development and Critical Education

Department: Theology and Religion

THEO55730: Christian Formation, Faith Development and Critical Education

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.



  • The notion of 'Christian education' is susceptible of many different interpretations. Some of these are reviewed in this module, with the major focus being on the 'formative' and 'critical' styles of education into Christianity, together with their theological and philosophical implications.
  • The empirical dimensions of Christian religiosity, and of more general notions of faith, will also be explored, and a critical study made of the literature on faith development and cognate areas. While the practical context of faith development, formation and criticism will also be kept in view, it is the intention of this module to provide a deeper, multi-disciplinary study of the theoretical issues that arise in such contexts, rather than any simplistic set of practical aids-for-teachers-and-pastors.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Preparation and Reading
      Total 300

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Essay 5000 words 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      One 5000 word essay

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University