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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 18/03/2022 21:14:35

Title of Module: Reconciliation L10

Code: THEO10014 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Revd Dr Ian  Birch

Summary of Module

Christian approaches to reconciliation seek to balance theology and ethics, convictions and practices. In a fragmented and unequal world, increasingly affected by forces of globalisation, the practices and processes of reconciliation are mediating, informed by justice, and intentionally peaceful. Such approaches for Christians are rooted in theological convictions about the story of God as told in the Christian Scriptures, and as embodied in the lives of Christian people and communities.

This module explores key theological and ethical concepts such as reconciliation and justice, conflict and peacemaking, exclusion and inclusion of friend and enemy, offence and forgiveness, difference and the defininition of 'the other'. The module seeks to earth such concepts in practices and embodied examples of individuals and communities such as Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu and the Truth and reconciliation process and Mennonite peacemaking. Throughout the module the theology and practices of reconciliation are applied to political, church and community contexts, informed by biblical and theological ethics, Baptist theology and contemporary reflection on mission.

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 specialist knowledge of ethical and theological concepts relating to the theology and practice of reconciliation and employ them integratively and convincingly in ethical discussion and articulation in written form

L2. Formulate and defend the case for conciliatory practices and peace-making, using critically evaluated biblical, ethical and biographical evidence

L3. Demonstrate specialist knowledge and critical understanding of Christian doctrines and evaluate how far, key concpets such as divine love, creation, human sin, the incarnation death and resurrection of Christ give ethical content and impetus to a 'ministry of reconciliation'

L4. Undertake critical analysis of the challenges and limitations in applying the theology and practice of reconciliation to specific cases of individual, community, ethnic or national conflict

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 10.

Be able to explain and critically evaluate some of the key concepts in the study and articulation of the theology and practices of Christian reconciliation.

Be familiar with some of the main principles and practices involved in enabling and supporting conciliation.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Be able to apply to situations of conflict and grievance, critically appropriated insights from biblical, historical and contemporary sources

Be able to use with some confidence some of the principles and convictions of conciliation in evaluating and responding positively to contested situations

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Identify, analyse and evaluate contested situations and formulate constructive responses or options towards resolution based on a clear grasp of Reconciliation practices

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Use a range of IT and other resources to develop, inform and enhance ethical argumentation.

Able to make and present a mature and themed project on some aspects of reconciliation using a range of IT resources to enhance the work.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Particpate with confidence in ethical debate on contested perspectives.

Research, formulate and defend with confidence and evidenced critical thought,an informed and responsible viewpoint on situations of conflicted abnd possible resolutions.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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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 Activity12
Asynchronous Class Activity24
Independent Study140
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:

Abbuelaish, I., I Shall Not Hate (London; Bloomsbury, 2011)

Carmichael, Kay, Forgiveness and Sin. New Choices in a Changing World (Ashgate, 2003).

Jones, L. G., Embodying Forgiveness. A Theological Analysis (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995)

Lederach, J. P., The Moral Imagination. The Art and Soul of Building Peace (OUP, 2010)

Volf, M., Exclusion and Embrace. (Nashville: Abingdon, 1996)

Volf, M., The End of Memory. Remembering Rightly in a Violent World (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007)

Swartley, W., Covenant of Peace (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006)

Williams, R., The Truce of God. Peace making in Troubled Times (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2005)

(**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
ModeratorGraham Meiklejohn
External ExaminerH Paynter
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assignment: Project Report 50%
Practical: Presentation 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) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesischeck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark5018

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 36 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, when 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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