Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 50 minute lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 50 minute seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 x 2500 word essay  40%
Supplementary Assessment 2 Hours   Closed 2 hour 2 question examination  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Understand and reflect on current historiographical concerns relating to the relationship between science and other forms of belief.

Appreciate the general features of the development of science from the early modern period in the context of its relationship to religion and other forms of popular belief.

Understand the cultural context of science and other forms of belief.

Recognize and use appropriate kinds of historical evidence in understanding the relationship between science and other forms of belief.

Brief description

We usually think of science as if it were set apart from other belief systems. We tend to think of the relationship between science and religion in particular as one of antagonism. This module will demonstrate the ways in which the relationship between science and other forms of belief can be far more complex than this simple popular model supposes. For most of their recent histories, for example, science and religion, far from being poles apart, were inextricably connected. Some historians have even argued that particular forms of religious belief and organization were essential for the rise of modern science. Examining these connexions should cast new light on science and its cultures.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Read a wide range of texts; demonstrate and develop the ability to communicate ideas in two essays; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars but not assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Show awareness of own learning styles, personal preferences and needs; devise and apply realistic learning and self-management strategies; devise a personal action plan to include short and long-term goals and to develop personal awareness of how to improve on these.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be encouraged to word-process their work. These skills will not be formally assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning Develop awareness of personal skills, beliefs and qualities in relation to course in progression; plan and prepare for future course / career.
Problem solving Students will be expected to identify and respond to historical problems and carry out appropriate research before the seminars and before writing essays. This will be assessed as part of the assessment of the essays.
Research skills Understand a range of research methods and plan and carry out research; produce academically appropriate pieces of written work.
Subject Specific Skills Develop knowledge and understanding of sources relating to the relationship between science, religion and belief; develop the ability to use appropriate historical research tools.
Team work Understand the concept of group dynamics; contribute to the setting of group goals; contribute effectively to the planning of group activities; play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars); evaluate group activities and own contribution.


This module is at CQFW Level 6