Studies in the History and Theology of the Reformation (PGT) TRS5109

  • 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: No

Short Description

This Masters course is a piggy-back version of the honours course TRS4103. It 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. Masters and honours students will meet in the same seminars, but the Masters assessments will be distinctive. Masters students will also make presentations to the class in order to develop their depth of knowledge and enhance their learning experience, for which they will receive formative feedback from the course tutors. For those intending to pursue academic careers, this will assist them in developing essential skills and experience.


10 x 2hr seminars as scheduled on MyCampus

Requires Videoconferencing facilities

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





1 x 1,000-word book review (20%)

1 x 4,000-word research essay (80%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

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

■ evaluate primary sources which offer evidence of this development;

■ estimate the multiple political, religious, and cultural influences on the religion of the early-modern period;

■ assess a diverse range of historiographical interpretations of the Reformation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Analyse and critically engage with different interpretative perspectives on the Reformation movements and their causes

■ Construct methodologically informed arguments

■ Design in independent study, identifying, researching and writing on the theology and history of the Reformation

■ Appraise and evaluate with apposite historical and theoretical judgement a range of primary texts

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.