Postgraduate Course: Christianity in Asia, 1700 to the Present (WRCH11019)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course surveys the varied fortunes of Christianity in Asia since 1700, paying particular attention to India and China. Issues of western imperialism, the impact of nationalism, ecumenical initiatives, the significance of the majority religious environment, and the development of indigenous Asian theologies will be central.
This course gives students the opportunity to engage with primary sources (both missionary and indigenous) that will enable them to interpret the varied fortunes of Christianity as an increasingly important minority religion in Asia in the period since 1700. An integrating theme will be the attempts of missions and churches to throw off the association of Christianity with the West. Another consistent focus will be the relationship of Christianity to the majority religious traditions.
Sustained attention is paid to the story of Christianity in India and China since 1700, though recent Christian history and/or theological developments in Sri Lanka, Korea, Japan, and Indonesia will also be discussed. Whilst the approach taken is mainly historical, the latter sections of the course focus increasingly on the development of indigenous Asian churches and theologies in the post-colonial era. Throughout the course, issues of defining the identity of Christians within their Asian contexts will be central.
Student Learning Experience Information:
Each week comprises a two-hour class which combines formal lecture input and interactive discussion on the basis of key primary texts set for each week. Each student selects one week of the course to post a 1,000-word blog focussed on the texts for that week. Other members of the class post brief comments in response. Prompt feedback is given on the main blog post as formative assessment. Students are encouraged wherever possible to select an essay topic that builds on their blog post.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||This is a graduate-level course. Please confirm subject prerequisites with the Course Manager.
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a secure grasp of the main trends shaping the varied history of the churches in Asian contexts.
- Engage sensitively with the complex issues of identity often faced by Christians in Asia.
- Interact constructively and critically with contemporary Asian theologies.
- Interpret with insight and discrimination relevant primary sources on Asian Christian history and theology.
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|Course organiser||Dr Alexander Chow
|Course secretary||Ms Katrina Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900