Aims/Description: This unit explores the sacramental nature of human life and faith. Beginning with a discussion of the theological preconditions for a sacramental theology, and its place is within the whole of theology, we will then consider the concept and foundations of `sacrament¿ and `sacramental theology¿ generally through engagement with its scriptural, doctrinal and liturgical expressions. From these foundations, we will consider the specific expressions of sacramental life in the sacraments of the Christian tradition: the sacraments of initiation, the Eucharist, the sacraments of healing and conversion. In all of this we will relate sacramental theology to the realisation and celebration of the sacraments in Christian liturgy.

Teaching Methods: The module will be taught by lectures (10 hours) and seminars (10 hours) and tutorial (2 hours). The seminars will be student led and will focus on core readings prepared by the whole class in advance. There will be time allowed for discussion and questions throughout. The tutorial sessions will focus on the essay ¿ the choice of a question or topic, planning and preparation of a bibliography.Lectures, including extensive group work, are an efficient way of providing information, encouraging ideas and guiding students' independent study. Seminars provide opportunities for students to both articulate and present their knowledge and analysis and to work collaboratively. All teaching exposes students to key texts in the field and both demonstrates and engenders a critical engagement with such texts.
Assessment: Course work

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Teaching timetable


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