Political Theology TRS4099

  • 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 introduce students to concepts in political theology and to the most significant Western traditions of political theology, and to explore the theological roots and sources of the Western political tradition and the ways in which theology is 'political'.


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

TRS3007 TRS 3: Political Theology

TRS4012 TRS: Political Theology




Essay (2,500 words) - 40%

Presentation of 10 minutes accompanied by a one-page A4 handout or printout of a maximum of eight slides -10%

Project (3,000 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 will provide the opportunity to:

■ develop a critical awareness of the key theoretical and conceptual concepts of political theology;

■ explore the influence of key figures within the development of western traditions in political theology;

■ engage with key debates within political theology;

■ develop an awareness of the lines of development of these debates;

■ identify contemporary lines of analysis.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ outline a critical genealogy of the Western tradition of political theology;

■ describe and discuss the definitional debates around key terms and movements within political theology.

■ present detailed critical study of a key thinker or question within political theology

■ relate the issues raised in the course to a wider context;

■ offer a detailed account of one major theme arising from their study of political theology;

■ 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.