Worship, Liturgy and Preaching TRS4082

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This practice oriented course is designed for students who have previously studied theology/doctrine and biblical studies at level 1 or 2. It offers a reflective introduction to the processes involved in planning, producing and participating in worship practices including sermons, liturgies and rituals.


1x2hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Theology & Religious Studies and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Theology and Religious Studies, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation. It is recommended that students should have done Worship and Liturgy 1 or an equivalent introductory course in worship and homiletics and have done a course in Biblical Studies.

Excluded Courses

TRS2008 Worship & Liturgy 2

TRS4041 Worship & Witness in a Theological Perspective




One x 2,500 word essay - 50%

Critical reflection on a sermon, liturgy or ritual presented in class or another suitable context (2500 words) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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. 

Course Aims

This course aims to: 

■ equip students to engage in theological reflection on contemporary understandings of the design, presentation and reception of worship materials and practices;

■ train students to research, generate and use resources to assist in the planning and conduct of worship from a range of materials including online sources;

■ enable students to reflect on the significance of worship and ritual in relation to the human life cycle;

■ develop advanced writing, presentation and evaluation skills through active engagement in a worship reflection group led by an experienced practitioner;

■ offer students detailed feedback on their own practice as a preacher/worship leader

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ apply a diverse range of theological hermeneutics to the design, presentation and reception of worship material and display advanced reflective skills in evaluating these options in relation to their own practice;

■ employ a variety of resources for the design of worship material;

■ design liturgical material appropriate to different stages in the human life cycle;

■ critically assess their own practice as a worship leader and supportively critique the work of colleagues.

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.