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Undergraduate Course: Theologies in Global Contexts (DIVI10093)

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: I am Because We Are (theological anthropology), Messiah, Sage, Ancestor (Christology), and Mary and the Living Dead (soteriology).

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 Students MUST NOT also be taking Theologies in Global Contexts (THET10058)
Other requirements Students who have previously taken the following course MUST NOT enroll: Theologies in Global Contexts (THET10058)
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.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Capacity for reflexive learning
- Ability to attend to others and respect others' views
- Ability to gather, evaluate and synthesise different types of information
- Analytical ability and the capacity to formulate questions and solve problems
- Writing skills, including clear expression and citing relevant evidence
- Presentation skills, both oral and written, supported by appropriate technologies
Keywordsculture,theology,world Christianity,Africa,Asia,Latin America
Course organiser Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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