English Reformation Liturgical Traditions and the Evolution of the Books of Common Prayer

Fall 2017
TTh 1:30-2:50pm
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course falls into two sections. Section A covers the period 1500-1789, and is concerned with the development and theologies of the Reformation liturgical traditions in England and Scotland.
Section B is concerned with the specifically Anglican tradition, with the impact of the Tractarian and Liturgical Movements to the present. It will compare the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and Enriching our Worship with The Book of Common Prayer of the Church of Ireland, 2004..

Background Expected: 

Foundations of Christian Worship is a requirement, though it may be taken simultaneously with this course.

Course Requirements: 

Students will be expected to complete all readings assignments, give short presentations, and write two extended essays.

Basis of Evaluation: 

A grade of H (= exemplary).  The paper theoretically approaches publication quality. In a research university, publication quality is your standard because public scholarship of some sort is the goal of your professional education. These papers clearly understand and helpfully interact with the texts and arguments of a broader conversation;
    •    have an original, helpful thesis that develops new insights, directions, or connections (thus making it worthwhile reading to some public);
    •    make that thesis discipline the entire essay, especially the conclusion;
    •    anticipate criticisms and, insofar as possible, account for alternative positions;
    •    use an effective rhetorical structure, including an accountable method of argument and a clear flow of ideas.

H- (= excellent,) but would require more work for it to be publication quality.

A grade of HP+ (=very good) indicates that you have successfully and competently written an essay. You demonstrate accurate understanding of texts and arguments and you have a clear thesis in a well-written paper.  MOST STUDENTS WILL ACCOMPLISH THIS VERY GOOD and RESPECTABLE GRADE.

A grade of HP (=good) indicates acceptable completion of the assignment, with room for improvement in argument, and/or in understanding of other texts. This may be the grade for a reasonable essay that remains descriptive rather than critical, or that seems rushed in its consideration. It may be the grade for an exciting idea that suffers from sloppy writing and argumentation.

A grade of HP- (=satisfactory/acceptable) indicates inadequate completion of the assignment but good faith effort in approaching it. The paper probably suffers from lack of a clear thesis and disorganized argument, and may incorrectly understand other arguments, express undefended assumptions, or inappropriate reading of other arguments.

A grade of P acknowledges that something was submitted, and that it fails to approximate professional writing.

F.  What was submitted falls below graduate school work.