The Church in Scotland since 1500 TRS4104

  • 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 the history and theology of the Scottish churches, and in particular the Church of Scotland, from 1500 until the twentieth century, with particular reference to the socio-political and intellectual context of ecclesiastical developments.


1x2hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled 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

TRS2006 Church & Congregation 2

TRS4014 Church And Society In Scotland




Two x  2,500 word essays - 45% each

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

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 key events, processes and debates in Early Modern and Modern Scottish Church History;

■ develop a critical analysis of the historical background of the church landscape in Scotland today;

■ gain a deeper understanding of the interactions between church and society in Scotland since 1500.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ give a broad account of key developments, processes, movements and structures in Scottish Church History from 1500 to the mid-twentieth century;

■ analyse contemporary contexts in church and society in the light of relevant historical events and influences;

■ 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.