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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 18/03/2022 21:20:20

Title of Module: Paul and the Gospel of Jesus L9

Code: THEO09031 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:P  de Jong

Summary of Module

This module will supplement other biblical modules by focusing on the scope and defining features of the theology of Paul in the New Testament, and particularly how aspects of that theology reflects and reframes the message of Jesus as it is portrayed in the New Testament Gospels. Particular features will include theological exegesis of the Pauline letters and the history of interpretation. Major Christian treatments will be considered as well as representative modern critical scholars.

The course will include detailed study of representative texts in their various forms, a brief survey of modern critical scholarship of the theology of Paul, and the history of Pauline interpretation. There will be time for wider class discussion and theological reflection on human experience as explored within these texts.

The student will therefore develop skills in theological reflection, contemporary hermeneutics and scholarly engagement with Paul, and appropriation of ancient text as applied in contemporary experience.

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 knowledge and understanding of representative major theological themes of the Pauline letters, with detailed study of some representative texts and awareness of historical critical issues.

L2. Undertake critical analysis and synthesis of the history of interpretation of the set texts, and demonstrate key knowledge of their exegetical tradition in modern New Testament study.

L3. Using language and grammar appropriate to the level and with appropriate academic referencing, demonstrate a clear discernment of the contour and content of the gospel according to Paul, and evidence familiarity in the theological appropriation of these texts within the Christian tradition, including areas of controversy.

L4. Exercise initiative, competence, and confidence in class presentation, discussion and /or written work using tools and methods of New Testament exegesis, evidencing some capacity for theological reflection on human experience and spirituality as portrayed in the Pauline letters.

L5. Identify and analyse aspects of the social, cultural and historical context of Paul’s life and letters.

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.

Exegesis of biblical text at an advanced level and in relation to a specialist text, using contemporary hermeneutical methodologies.

Historical understanding of the formative significance of a sacred text in the life of a religious tradition.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Theological reflection on human experience as expressed in a number of sacred texts.

Ability to utilise exegetical material in contexts of Christian ministry.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Effective and discerning use of secondary literature such as commentaries, scholarly articles and monographs, in explicating core sections of the New Testament as a primary text.

Ability to identify, develop and discuss relevant theological, textual and historical questions as they arise in class and group study.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Competence and confidence in developing and presenting conclusions from personal research, within a class and VLE (Moodle) context.

Use of library and internet resources for specific, narrowly focused research tasks related to detailed textual study.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Facility in enabling and participating in scholarly discussions in peer student seminars.

Ability to work in a directed learning context and produce quality work for later discussion in the class group context.

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 Activity40
Independent Study124
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:

Capes, D.B., The Divine Christ: Paul, the Lord Jesus, and the Scriptures of Israel (Baker Academic, 2018).

Dunn, J.D.G., Jesus, Paul and the Gospels (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011).

Fee, G.D., Jesus the Lord according to Paul the Apostle: A Concise Introduction (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2018).

Wright, T., Paul: A Biography (London: SPCK, 2018).

(**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

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
All fulltime students (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries) are required to attend all scheduled classes and participate with all delivered elements of the module as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Consideration will be given to students who have protection under the appropriate equality law. Please refer to UWS Regulations, Chapter 1, 1.64 – 1.67, available at the following link:

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelScottish Baptist College
ModeratorDr. Ian Birch
External ExaminerDr. Helen Paynter
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Essay 40%
Essay 60%
(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
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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
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries). The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

As a Christian theological college, students should be aware that teaching, discussion and the college's ethos is from a confessional viewpoint.

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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