CONT4501 – Intercontextual Theology (I) - Methods and Issues
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Drawing from recent developments in theology represented by contextual theologies, liberation- and feminist theologies and interreligious dialogue, together with the insights provided by postcolonial and globalization studies, this course introduces the working methods, perspectives and issues of
intercontextual theology. It focuses on the particular challenges that is posed to a theology that is attentive both to its local and global contexts at the same time as it is committed to the cause of marginalized persons and groups in the community.
Main topics addressed: 1) Contextualisation of theology: background, history and main tenets. 2) Contextual theologies: contexts, methods and models. 3) Intercontextual theology: methods and issues.
Through this course, students will have obtained critical insight in the hermeneutical process involved in the contextualisation of theology, have gained good knowledge about the variety of contemporary contextual theologies, and have developed skills in working contextually and inter-contextually with central theological problems and social challenges to churches and faith communities.
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Bachelor degree with an area of emphasis in theology or Christian studies, 80 credits or equivalent.
Recommended previous knowledge
The course presupposes introductory knowledge of systematic theology. The language of the compulsory reading list is normally English, but German and Norwegian will be accepted for parts of the reading list.
The course will be given throughout the whole semester with lectures and seminar teaching. Two obligatory essay is to be handed in during the semester. Active participation in the seminar is also required.
Term paper approx. 4000 words.
The examinations and evaluations are graded using letter grades with a descending scale from A to E for passes and F for fail.
The course can be integrated in Cand.theol.-programmet and Masterprogrammet i kristendomsstudier.