Jesus Christ since 1900 TRS4097

  • 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 course will survey the main historical and theological developments in the interpretation of Jesus Christ since 1900. Perspectives from major Christian denominations as well as from non-religious positions and other world religions are taken into account.


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





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:

■ identify and analyse the main innovations and challenges in interpreting the figure of Jesus of Nazareth and of Christian claims regarding his divine status that have taken place since 1900;

■ engage with perspectives from a range of Christian and non-Christian perspectives;

■ examine the representation of Jesus in the arts;

■ consider radical new approaches within theology, including those of feminist and liberation theology.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ identify key innovations in thinking about Jesus Christ since 1900 and evaluate their relation to traditional Christian views;

■ understand and articulate the relationship between Christian and non-Christian approaches to the figure of Jesus Christ;

■ assess the significance of Jesus Christ for modern and contemporary culture;

■ engage in creative thinking about the figure of Jesus Christ.

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.