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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2008-2009 (archived)


Department: Theology and Religion


Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2008/09 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • 40 Credit Theology Dissertation (THEO3232).


  • To enable students to research and write on a specific topic in detail, with supervisory guidance.


  • Dissertation on a topic of the student's choice, approved by the Board of Studies in Theology and Religion, and falling within the scope of the department's work.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A systematic understanding of key aspects, and a coherent and detailed knowledge of the topic.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Skills specific to the field of study chosen.
Key Skills:
  • Skills in the acquisition of information through reading and research, and in the structured presentation of information in written form, at length.

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

  • Supervision is designed to assist the student in formulation of an appropriate topic and approach, and in research and writing of the dissertation. Through individual discussion and feedback on work submitted, specific issues may be explored in detail, enhancing student knowledge and writing skills.
  • Marking of the dissertation assesses the learning outcomes outlined above.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Supervisions 7 By individual arrangement. 7
(Library Workshop) 1 Once in Easter term, in the year prior to writing of the dissertation 2 2
Preparation and Reading 191
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Dissertation Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
dissertation of up to 8000 words including footnotes/endnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography 100%

Formative Assessment:

Drafts of the work, or of parts of it, may be read by the supervisor over the year.

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