Theological Aesthetics

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 405

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The unit introduces the subject of theological aesthetics and explores key issues in the relationship between theology and the arts. The moral and theological concepts of beauty and goodness are examined in relation to the doctrine of God, through sustained engagement with key historical and contemporary theologians. The relationship between the doctrine of creation, trinitarian pneumatology, human creativity and imagination is explored with particular reference to music. The contemporary relevance of these concepts is critically assessed with regard to Christian patterns of worship.

Aims

To engage theologically and critically with perspectives on theological aesthetics, paying particular attention to the relationship between theology, the arts and the imagination.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • critically examine historical and contemporary approaches to theology and the arts
  • articulate a Christian understanding of beauty in relation to the doctrine of God
Intellectual skills
  • critically examine the relationship between creation, creativity and the imagination
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • critically examine the relationship between creation, creativity and the imagination

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • Seminar presentation

45 minutes

n/a
Summative:
  • An essay

6000 words

100%
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Theological Aesthetics

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 405

Credits:

30

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Dr Graham J. Watts

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