History of Christianity in Africa TRS5091
- Academic Session: 2020-21
- School: School of Critical Studies
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: No
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
This masters course will explore the theology and history of African Christianity, placing some of the key distinctive developments in the theology and practice of the churches in socio-political, cultural and intellectual context. It will also explore a range of different historiographical approaches to and assessments traditional denominations and African Initiated Churches.
1x2hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus
Requires Videoconferencing facilities
One mid-term essay - 1000 words (20%)
One end of term essay - 4000 words (80%)
This course will provide the opportunity to:
■ explore developments in Christian theology and church history on the African continent;
■ engage critically with primary sources which offer evidence of this development and the cultural underpinnings;
■ deepen understanding of the political, religious, and cultural context of sub-Saharan Africa and the impact of colonialism on religious developments;
■ foster awareness of a range of historiographical interpretations of the Christianity in Africa.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ present a well-informed account of the development of Christianity in Africa and the underlying factors that have led to distinctive and culturally relevant expressions;
■ offer a critical analysis of a range of primary texts and rituals;
■ compare and contrast different interpretative perspectives;
■ present complex arguments in written and oral form.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.