Studies in the History and Theology of the Reformation TRS4103

  • 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 explore the theology and history of the Reformation, placing the developments in the theology and practice of the churches in socio-political and intellectual context. It will also explore a range of different historiographical approaches to and assessments of the Reformation.


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

TRS4031 Reformation Studies TRS Honours

TRS3038 Studies in the History and Theology of the Reformation Non Honours




Essay (2,500 words) - 40%

Presentation of 10 minutes accompanied by a one-page A4 handout - 10%

Source criticism exercise (750 words) - 10%


Examination (90 minutes duration) - 40%

OR: in place of the exam an additional 2500 word essay on a topic to be agreed with the convener, by an agreed date - 40%

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:

■ explore developments in Christian theology and church history during the Reformation period;

■ engage critically with primary sources which offer evidence of this development;

■ deepen understanding of the political, religious, and cultural context in the early-modern period;

■ foster awareness of a range of historiographical interpretations of the Reformation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ discuss and analyse the Reformation movements and their causes;

■ offer a critical analysis of a range of primary sources;

■ compare and contrast different interpretative perspectives;

■ 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.