Ecclesial Diplomacy

Since the first Ecumenical Council in Nicaea in 325, various churches have been engaged in diplomatic services, both in regard to other churches and in relation to various emperors, presidents, and other rulers. Parallel to the Ecumenical Movement, a new world order emerged, which opened the path for a new sort of diplomacy, which exercises its influence on ecclesial diplomacy. Previously diplomacy depended on the ownership of information, where legates carried a message. Now, with the emergence of new information technologies and globalization, diplomacy is no longer owning the message, but rather finding ways to inform and influence the general public, i.e. public diplomacy. The course explores how public diplomacy may reshape ecclesial diplomacy, and how this may affect the mission of the Church and its work for restoring unity. The course also raises ethical and moral issues in regard to ecclesial diplomacy.

Efter kursen förväntas studenten:

  • be able to identify and demonstrate in-depth understanding of the field of public diplomacy;
  • display advannced insight in how public diplomacy may relate to religion;
  • demonstrate an historical and geopolitical understanding of diplomatic relations;
  • reflect critically on various models of ecclesial diplomacy

Amir-Aslani, Ardavan (2013). Islam and the West. The Geopolitics of the West. New York, NY: Enigma Books (250 pp.).

Bozeman, Adda B. (2010). Politics and Culture in International History. From the Ancient Near East to the Opening of the Modern Age. Second Edition. New Brunswick, USA & London, UK: Transaction Publisher (522 pp.).

Cull, Nicholas J. (2019). Public Diplomacy. Foundations for Global Engagement in the Digital Age. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press

Hillsdale, Cecily J. (2014). Byzantine Art and Diplomacy in Age of Decline. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (343 pp.).

Luttwak, Edward N. (2009). The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire. Harvard (426 pp.).

Stummvoll, A. Alexander (2018). A Living Tradition. Catholic Social Doctrine and Holy See Diplomacy. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books (186 pp.).

Seib, Philip (2013). Religion and Public Diplomacy. Global Public Diplomacy. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan (220 pp.).

Schemat finns tillgängligt senast en månad innan kursen startar. Vi rekommenderar inte att du skriver ut schemat eftersom vissa ändringar kan ske.

Öppna schemat

Michael Hjälm

Prefekt Avdelningen för Östkyrkliga studier, Teol.dr, högskolelektor, Teol. dr, högskolelektor Campus Södertälje


Sofia Camnerin

Lektor i Systematisk teologi, timlärare


Sara Gehlin

Teol.dr, högskolelektor, ämnesföreträdare kyrkohistoria med missionsvetenskap och ekumenik



U = Underkänd, G = Godkänd, VG = Väl godkänd


  • Hemtentamen
  • PM
  • Seminarier

Godkända kurser för en kandidatexamen i teologi/religionsvetenskap, 180 hp, där minst 150 hp utgörs av teologi/religionsvetenskap eller motsvarande. Dessutom kunskaper i engelska motsvarande kraven för grundläggande behörighet.

Completion of a course requires a minimum of 80% attendance at lectures and 100% attendance at seminars/group work and other assignments. Absence beyond that can be compensated by supplementing assignment(s) if the instructor finds it possible. In case of an absence of 50% or more, the course is considered as interrupted, even if assignments have been completed.

If a student due to disability has a decision from the EHS on special pedagogical support, the examiner shall, if necessary, adapt the examination and conduct the examination in an alternative way.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 18 december 2019.