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Postgraduate Course: Theologies of World Christianity (WRCH11020)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) 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. Through participation in lecture and tutorial discussions, as well as through written work, 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-requisitesThis is a graduate-level course. Please confirm subject prerequisites with the Course Manager.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 173 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 90 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4,000 word essay (90%) and class presentation (10%)

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a secure understanding of key texts, historical events and ideas in the development of world Christianity.
  2. Engage constructively and critically with theology in various global contexts.
  3. Develop critical skills in the application of theology to cultural and ethical questions.
  4. Engage in constructive and critical scholarly debate with peers.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsculture,theology,world Christianity,Africa,Asia,Latin America
Course organiserDr Alexander Chow
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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