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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 01/06/2021 16:20:05

Title of Module: Encountering the Old Testament L7

Code: THEO07023 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Paulus  De Jong

Summary of Module

This module introduces students to the literature of the Old Testament, and how to interpret it. The various genres of literature contained within it are explored, and their historical setting and literary styles considered. Students will be introduced to the skills and methods of historical criticism as an important prerequisite to interpreting these books in the contemporary setting.  Students will also be introduced to basic hermeneutical method, encouraged to develop awareness of their own presuppositions and biases, and learn how to explore different hermeneutical approaches which will help them use Scripture in pastoral practice.

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. 1. Identify and appreciate the differences between various genres of literature which are contained within the Old Testament and their historical and cultural contexts.

L2. 2. Employ the basic principles of the historical-critical method by using some of the scholarly tools available (e.g. commentaries, dictionaries etc) in the analysis of OT texts.

L3. 3. Evidence awareness of personal hermeneutical presuppositions and how these affect scholarly approaches to the texts, and be able to engage with views other than their own.

L4. 4. Demonstrate knowledge of some key themes found in the OT canon and discuss their significance for Christian teaching.

L5. 5. Explain the pastoral implications of the interpretation of the OT.

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 7.

Reading literary texts with a basic awareness of literary genre and historical context.

Describing and understanding the significance of the historical and theological contents and major themes represented in a substantial sacred text.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Interpreting biblical materials and discussing these in an informed way in a group context.

Using basic interpretive tools such as commentaries, dictionaries and basic biblical Introductory literature.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Presenting biblical material in an organized and synthetic way in written and oral forms.

Distinguishing different forms of literary expression and identifying resources to aid in their interpretation.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Presenting and defending conclusions on personal research and study of selected biblical texts.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Interpreting biblical material in discussion with others where opinion may be contested.

Listening to alternative viewpoints and collaborating in discussion led learning through active class participation.

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:

Brueggemann, Walter Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003)

Alter, Robert. The Art of Biblical Narrative: Revised and Updated (New York: Basic Books, 2011)

Wright, Christopher, J. H. Old Testament Ethics for the People of God (Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2004)

(**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 ExaminerH Paynter
Accreditation DetailsNone
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assignment: Essay 50%
Assignment: Learning log 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) Learning Outcome (5) 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) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Workbook/ Laboratory notebook/ Diary/ Training log/ Learning logcheck mark  check markcheck mark500
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, 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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