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DI4526   Christian Mysticism Through the Ages

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module will introduce students to the extensive and rich literature on Christian mysticism from the early Church through the twentieth century. Various approaches to studying the phenomenon of mysticism will be considered. The focus of the module will be a close examination of the writings of Christian mystics themselves, with attention given to their varied descriptions and analyses of encounter and union with the divine, and the implications of mystical experience for personal transformation and growth in Christ. Texts and writers will include, among others, Thomas Merton, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Meister Eckhart, The Cloud of Unknowing, and Julian of Norwich.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 lecture and 1 x 2-hour seminar, 2 additional hours over semester meeting with coordinator.

Scheduled learning hours: 35

Guided independent study hours: 265

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-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 teaching staff: Dr W Hyland