TRS 1: Creation To Apocalypse: Introduction To The Bible TRS1006

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This is an entrance-level course introducing students to biblical literature and interpretation. Creation to Apocalypse leads students on a whirlwind tour through the whole of the Bible, with particular attention to the stories that have played prominent roles in art, literature, politics, music, and popular culture.


Lectures: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9am; weekly one hour seminars (choice of times).

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



Coursework: one 1500 word essay (50%)

Examination: one 90 minute exam (50%)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course will provide students with the opportunity to:

■ explore the main themes and texts of the Old and New Testaments

■ identify the basic chronologies and contexts behind these texts

■ discuss the basic critical issues and concepts involved in interpreting biblical texts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ identify the main themes and texts of the Old and New Testaments

■ fit these themes and texts into basic chronologies and contexts

■ carry out their own research in relation to simple focussed tasks

■ assess and present information related to specific discussion tasks.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.