Christianity in Scotland since the Reformation TRS5101

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This masters course will explore the history and theology of the Scottish churches, in particular the Church of Scotland, from the 15th century to the present, and explore the socio-political and intellectual context of ecclesiastical developments. It will address the depth of Protestantism's impact on Scottish culture.


10 x 2 hour seminars as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





1 x 3,000 word essay (60%)

1 x 2,000 word specialised essay or book review (40%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Appraise the impact that the introduction of Protestantism has had on shaping Scottish society from the Reformation to present;

■ Enable students to critically analyse the historical background of the church landscape in Scotland today;

■ Enable students to formulate a deeper understanding of the interactions between church and society in Scotland since 1500;

■ Assess the overall political impact of Christianity over the period covered in this course and its significance for defining the nation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Evaluate the critical and theoretical approaches applied to a range of key developments, processes, movements and structures in Scottish Church History from 1500 to the mid-twentieth century;

■ Critically analyse the depth of influence religion has had on Scotland since the 16th century;

■ Compose arguments effectively in speech and in writing at an advanced level;

■ Design sophisticated research using appropriate methodological themes;

■ Formulate clear and well-researched arguments about the historical significance of religion for Scottish culture, and in particular the introduction of Protestantism.

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.