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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 11/03/2022 11:13:26

Title of Module: Christian Worship: Theology and Practice L9

Code: THEO09027 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Rev Dr Lina  Toth

Summary of Module

This module will introduce students in a broad and integrated way to the biblical and theological foundations, history, and practice of Christian worship in context.

Consideration with critical analysis will be given to Old Testament and New Testament worship practices and then to a number of the predominant ways in which the Christian community has carried out its worship and why. This will include a recognition of the influence not least on current British evangelical practice of the liturgical movement, charismatic movement, technology, and the post-modern.

Learning then moves on to explore with critical analysis the integrated dynamics of a worship service in relation to such features as : architecture and symbol, location and practicalities, revelation and response, gathering and sending, Word and scarament, the various 'acts' that comprise an 'act' of worship, the nature of participation, and the possibilities and limitations of singing. Attention is also given to specific acts of worship such as communion, baptism, marriage, infant dedication and funeral services. 

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate integrated knowledge of the defining features of the biblical and theological foundations of congregational worship.

L2. Critically analyse the predominant ways in which the Christian community has understood and practised worship.

L3. Creatively interpret the dynamics which together form particular acts of congregational worship in context.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

A broad and integrated knowledge with detail in places of the predominant ways in which the Christian community has practised its worship.

An integrated awareness of the main biblical and theological foundations of Christian worship and related current questions.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Applying critical analysis and evaluation in a variety of situations to the principles and dynamics that underlie the competent conduct of worship in a faith community.

Interpreting with critical analysis the practice of a faith community in relation to its worship practices with some attention to specialised activities.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Present and evaluate with critiacl analysis arguments, information, and ideas pertinent to the history and practice of Christian worship.

Use an integrated range of criteria to critically examine the dynamics of a worship service

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Use a range of routine written, oral, and IT skills, and some advanced, in conveying complex ideas related to the discipline in a well-structured and coherent way by way of a formal presentation.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Autonomy and initiative in individual group work.

Self aware leadership in managing group activities and discussions on potentially contested areas.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity16
Asynchronous Class Activity18
Independent Study142
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Bradshaw, P. F., The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship (London: SPCK, 2002)

Brueggemann, W., Worship in Ancient Israel: An Essential Guide (Nashville: Abingdon, 2005)

Dawn, Marva, Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for This Urgent Time (Cambridge: Eerdmans, 1995)

Ellis, C. J., and Myra Blyth., eds. Gathering for Worship: Patterns and Prayers for the Community of Disciples (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2005)

Ellis, C. J., Gathering: Spirituality and Theology in Free Church Worship (London: SCM, 2004)

Forrester, Duncan B., and Douglas Murray., eds. Studies in the History of Worship in Scotland (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1984

Forrester, Duncan B., and Doug Gay., eds. Worship and Liturgy in Context: Studies and Case Studies in Theology and Practice (London: SCM, 2009)

Hurtado, Larry W., At the Origins of Christian Worship (Cambridge: Eerdmans, 1999)

Kreider A., and Eleanor Kreider, Worship and Mission After Christendom (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2009)

Wainwright, G., and Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, The Oxford History of Christian Worship (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006

Ward, Selling Worship: How What We sing Has Changed the Church (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2005)

White, James F., Documents of Christian Worship: Descriptive and Interpretative Sources (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1993)

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelDivinity
ModeratorDr Ian Birch
External ExaminerDr Helen Paynter
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assignment: Report 50%
Assignment: Portfolio 50%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
As a Christian theological college, students should be aware that teaching, discussion and the college's ethos is from a confessional viewpoint. The college actively encourages an environment of openness and religious tolerance, but the main function of the college is the training of ministerial candidates and the learning environment will be supportive of this.

Where students need additional support, this is provided by the college team with reference if appropriate to other UWS colleagues, they are referred to Student Support Services for further assistance. In consultation with the student, the needs of individual students are met, wherever practicable, and every effort made to ensure individual students are not disadvantaged.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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