Doctrine of God TRS4096

  • 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

Through the study of a selection of key texts, from the patristic, medieval, Reformation and modern eras, the course identifies and debates central features of the Christian understanding of God.


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


This is one of the Honours options in TRS 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.

Excluded Courses

TRS4021 Doctrine of God




Two x 2,500 word essays - 40% each

Presentation of 10 minutes accompanied by 1000 word report - 20%

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 will provide the opportunity to:

■ study the central elements of the Christian understanding of God;

■ engage with key ancient, medieval, Reformation, and modern texts;

■ explore how theologians have understood the nature of human knowledge of God;

■ identify the sources, norms, and limits of such knowledge.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ analyse key issues in classical and modern Christian expositions of the doctrine of God;

■ identify differences in approaches of the major Christian confessions;

■ apply critical judgement in evaluating truth-claims relating to the doctrine of God;

■ assess the importance of more recent approaches, including those of political and feminist theologies;

■ 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.