BA Philosophy and Religion / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Gender and Sexuality in the Bible

Unit code RELT30712
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Religions & Theology
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course, which assumes no previous knowledge of biblical literature or languages, offers an introduction to the characterisation of gender and sexuality in the biblical world. By taking this unit, students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to engage in critical examination of the key issues concerning the biblical representation of women and men’s social and religious roles in biblical literature, and to frame these within their wider historical context. Topics covered include: gendering the divine; marriage and parenthood; female sexuality and ethnicity; gender, power and authority; ancient Israelite women’s religion; gendering religious leadership in the New Testament and sexuality, renunciation, and ascetisicm in early Christian. Students will also be familiarised with relevant secondary literature, allowing them to contextualise their study of primary materials within contemporary scholarly debate.

 

Aims

  • To introduce students to a significant range of biblical texts focused on gender and sexuality
  • To provide students with a nuanced and in depth knowledge of gender and sexuality in the biblical world
  • To equip students with the tools to engage in critical examination of the representation of women and gender in biblical literature

Teaching and learning methods

The lectures for this course unit will be delivered online.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the most significant aspects of the representation of women, gender and sexuality in biblical literature
  • Critically assess a variety of evidence concerning the roles of women and men in the biblical world within their religious, social, and historical contexts
  • Engage with contemporary scholarly debate on matters of women, gender and sexuality in biblical literature

 

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Appreciate and understand a diversity of intellectual approaches to the study of women, gender and biblical literature
  • Locate and retrieve relevant information from primary sources and secondary sources
  • Assimilate and summarise large quantities of evidence

 

Practical skills

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Construct an argument in oral and written form
  • Present the results of their work in a professional manner with appropriate reference to sources and modern published scholarship
  • Conduct bibliographic searches
  • Use e-resources and gain knowledge to research methods and resources

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Construct an argument in oral and written form
  • Produce materials appropriate to specific audiences
  • Conduct independent research
  • Manage time and resources
  • Engage in critical discussion

 

 

Employability skills

Analytical skills
¿ Analyse and examine a large amount of often difficult information ¿ Analyse and examine a large amount of often difficult information; ¿ Oral presentation skills; ¿ Retrieve information from complex sources; ¿ Write in accordance with specific guidance for a particular purpose.
Oral communication
¿ Oral presentation skills
Research
¿ Retrieve information from complex sources
Written communication
¿ Write in accordance with specific guidance for a particular purpose

Assessment methods

Presentation and research file 50%
Essay 50%

 

Feedback methods

Feedback method

Written feedback on essay one; feedback is designed to contribute formatively towards improvement in subsequent assignments. General formative feedback ahead of the both essay assignments will be provided through seminars (where appropriate) and individually via consultation hours by student appointment

Written feedback on essay two

Additional one-to-one feedback available (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment)

 

Recommended reading

  • Brenner, A. (1985) The Israelite Woman: Social Role and Literary Type in Biblical Narrative, Sheffield: JSOT
  • Kraemer, R.S. and M.R. (eds.) (1999) Women and Christian Origins New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Newsom, C.A., et al (2014) Women’s Bible Commentary, New York: SPCK, 3rd edn
  • Bach, A. (ed.) (1999) Women and the Hebrew Bible: A Reader, New York/London: Routledge

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Holly Morse Unit coordinator

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