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Unit information: Medieval Religion: Christianity and Islam in 2020/21

Unit name Medieval Religion: Christianity and Islam
Unit code THRS30099
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Langer
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Religion and Theology
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit will examine the role of religion as a major force in shaping the cultural identity of the people of the Middle Ages. Lectures will examine key themes in religion, philosophy and culture in medieval Islam and Christianity.

The aims of the unit are to:

a) introduce students to the role of religion as a major force in shaping the cultural identity of the people of the Middle Ages;

b) explore devotional practices (e.g., pilgrimages, fasting); conceptions of sacred scripture (e.g., Bible and Koran); philosophical/theological ideas.

c) develop skills in reading, writing and argumentation in relation to medieval religion.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of some of the core devotional, textual and philosophical issues within the topics discussed in the unit.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with some of the central contemporary literature on these issues.
  3. Analyse and critically appraise these issues, by providing argumentative justification for their position.
  4. Demonstrate skills in research, academic writing and argumentation appropriate to level H/6.

Teaching details

Classes will involve a combination of long- and short-form lectures, class discussion, investigative activities, and practical activities. Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a weekly basis. This will be further supported with drop-in sessions and self-directed exercises with tutor and peer feedback.

Assessment Details

1 x 2000 words portfolio (formative) [ILOs 1-4] 1 x 3000-word summative essay (100%) [ILOs 1-4]

Reading and References

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