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Undergraduate Course: Theologies in Global Contexts (THET10058)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers critical engagement with Christian theologies developed in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with particular focus on their approaches to cultural and sociopolitical concerns.
Course description Academic Description:
The course aims to broaden students' understanding of Christian theology by helping them to understand how key theological themes have developed in global contexts. With a particular focus on Africa, Asia, and Latin America, students will be exposed to the theological challenges faced by Christians around the world. Theories about contextualisation are considered in relation to the cultural and sociopolitical concerns of these contexts.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The course will cover theoretical issues in the field, as well as offer a survey of theological themes through primary and secondary source material. Some of the themes that will be covered include: God and Gods (theology proper); Guilt, Shame, and the Sinned Against (theological anthropology); Messiah, Sage, Ancestor (Christology); I Am Because We Are (ecclesiology).

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course has a programme of a one-hour lecture plus a one-hour seminar per week. There is a schedule of reading to be carried out before each seminar. Each student will be required to give a short oral presentation at one tutorial during the semester. Through participation in lecture and tutorial discussions, as well as through written work and the examination included in the assessment schedule, students will demonstrate their achievement of the intended learning outcomes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Divinity/Religious Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). A survey course in Christian Theology is recommended. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate ability to identify and understand key texts, historical events and ideas in the development of world Christianity.
  2. Develop a critical reading of theology in various global contexts.
  3. Develop critical skills in the application of theology to cultural and ethical questions.
  4. Engage in constructive scholarly debate with peers, and deliver an oral presentation to a wide-ranging audience.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsculture,theology,world Christianity,Africa,Asia,Latin America
Course organiserDr Alexander Chow
Course secretaryMs Roisin O'Fee
Tel: (0131 6)50 8921
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