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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module THEO43710: Extended Study in Theology and Religion

Department: Theology and Religion

THEO43710: Extended Study in Theology and Religion

Type Open Level 4 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap None.


  • None


  • A Level 3 (20 credit) module from those available to MA students under the regulations for one of the MA programmes offered by the Department of Theology & Religion.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To enable students to extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subject taught on the corequisite module


  • The content of the module will depend on that for the corequisite module.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, students should be familiar with and understand the significance of a range of primary texts from the corequisite subject.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • to be able to analyse and critically assess some major primary texts from the corequisite subject;
  • to be able to identify and evaluate different understandings of the corequisite subject
  • to be able to understand and evaluate a range of different sources, methods and approaches in the study of the corequisite subject.
Key Skills:
  • By the end of the module students should have acquired:
  • advanced research skills, including the ability to locate, summarise and evaluate key sources, both in print and online, and be able to cite them in a professional and academic manner;
  • advanced communication skills, including the ability to construct well-supported and sophisticated arguments, presented in clear, concise and convincing prose.

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

  • Tutorials will enable students to identify and engage with appropriate texts under the guidance of the module coordinator, who will be the coordinator for the corequisite module. Tutorials will also provide the opportunity to attend to specific questions of sources, methods and approaches in the corequisite subject.
  • Each student will receive an individual feedback tutorial on their essay.
  • The summative essay will enable students to develop a critical understanding of their subject through focussed analysis of an individual text or group of texts, and will also require them to reflect on questions of sources, method and approach.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Tutorials 4 Two each in Michaelmas and Epiphany Terms 1 hour 4
Feedback tutorial 1 Following submission and assessment of essay 30 minutes 0.5
Preparation and Reading 95.5
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Summative Essay Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 2,500 words 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:


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