Bible, Literature and Culture Non Honours TRS3025

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will focus on two key questions: first, how has the Judeo-Christian Bible influenced modern and contemporary literature, art and film? Second, how can the Bible be read as literature, and what does this mean for its status as a sacred text?


1x2hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the Level 3 options in TRS and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 or above in any TRS level 2 course or at the discretion of the Head of Theology and Religious Studies.

Excluded Courses

TRS4013 TRS : The Bible, Literature And Culture

TRS4060  Bible, Literature & Culture 




Essay (2,000 words) - 40%

Presentation of 10 minutes - 10%

Examination (90 minutes duration) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Presentation is not available for reassessment

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ explore various aspects of biblical and literary texts and their relationships in light of historical criticism and modern literary theory;

■ assess critically approaches to the Bible as literature;

■ explore the relationship between cultural analysis and biblical interpretation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ present their understanding of how biblical texts have functioned and continue to function within confessing communities;

■ identify and reflect on the assumptions and methods of both historical criticism and modern literary approaches to biblical texts;

■ describe the role that specific passages have played within the Jewish and Christian faiths;

■ determine the continuing influence of particular biblical texts in poetry, literature, film, art, and wider culture;

■ present complex arguments in written and oral form..

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.