We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Theology and Religion

THEO45310: Extended Study in Foreign Language

Type Open Level 4 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2021/22


  • None


  • A Level 1-2 foreign language module (20 credits) from those available to MA students registered in the Department of Theology & Religion in accordance with programme regulations

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To enable students to extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the literature and texts pertinent to the co-requisite language module


  • The content of this module will depend on that of the co-requisite module
  • It will be determined in consultation with the Director of taught MA programs

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of this module students should be able to engage with and critically evaluate a range of primary texts from the co-requisite subject.
  • In-depth knowledge of a series of selected key primary texts.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Skills in the handling of primary texts written in a foreign language, with an appreciation of the associated problems.
  • Skills in competent handling of key philosophical and theological texts written in a foreign language
Key Skills:
  • Skills in analysis of selected texts written in a foreign language.
  • Skills in independent researching, thinking and working within a guided framework on texts written in a foreign language.
  • Advanced research skills, including the ability to locate, summarise, and evaluate key sources, and the ability to cite them in a professional and academic manner.
  • Advanced communication skills, including the ability to construct well-supported and sophisticated arguments by engaging with texts written in a foreign language.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • One-to-one meeting with Director of taught MA programs
  • In the summative essay students will acquire advanced interpretive skills and written communication skills, including the ability to interpret texts written in a foreign language, and construct well-supported and sophisticated arguments, presented in clear, concise and convincing prose.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Tutorials 2 1 per semester 1 hours 2
Preparation and Reading 98
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 2,500 words 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University