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DI1013   Science, Religion, and the Mind

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 3.00 pm Mon, Tue, Thu

This module explores the field of science and religion, with emphasis on recent scientific discoveries about the brain. Recent research in areas like neuroscience and psychology have led to new theological questions: Does cognitive science make traditional theological language about a soul inadequate? If our minds are 'just' our brains, is religious experience still meaningful? Does scientific research on happiness have any place in theology? In this module, we will address such questions by engaging with historical and contemporary theologians, as well as with neuroscience, philosophy of mind, and psychology. The module is thus not only an introduction to the theological implications of brain research, but also an introduction to the field of science and theology more broadly. The first unit of the module introduces longstanding debates in science and religion, such as creation, evolution, and divine action. The remainder of the module examines the science and theology of the mind.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures and 1 tutorial (x 11 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 44

Guided independent study hours: 156

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Mrs S L Ritchie
Module teaching staff: Dr S Ritchie