Urban Theology

What does it mean to be a church in the city, especially those in the suburbs of megacities? Multi-cultural and multi-religious urban areas are a significant challenge for churches today. In large cities we find huge dilemmas caused by segregation, tensions between different cultures, and high mobility. This course is grounded in the concrete reality in which the churches live and carry out their mission. Identification and analysis of this reality using theological and sociological theories and methods enables it to be studied in a way which is both critical and constructive.
The course includes web-based studies, four seminars at THS (evenings), and five days of field studies (England or Sweden).

Efter kursen förväntas studenten:

  • display skills in identifying and interpreting the presence and manifestations of Christian communities in urban settings from different perspectives, e.g., socio-political context, segregation, gender, religious pluralism and dialogue
  • display greater insight and improved skills in using theological and sociological theories in the analysis of the life and mission of churches in an urban context
  • demonstrate competence in undertaking research on churches’ relationship to urban population and culture
  • reflect critically on community leadership in pastoral and social missions in an urban context

Archer, Kevin, 2013: The city: the basics. London: Routledge. (219 s.)

Cameron, Helen & Deborah Bhatti et al, 2010: Talking About God in Practice. Theological Action, Research and Practical Theology. London: SCM Press (198 s.)

The Commission on Urban Life and Faith, Faithful Cities. A Call for celebration, vision and justice, 2006. London: Church House Publishing, Methodist Publishing House. (102 s.) 

Ward, Pete, 2012: Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. (220 s)

Kurslitteraturen reviderades senast 15 oktober 2013.

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

Öppna schemat

Sven Halvardson


Sune Fahlgren

Docent, högskolelektor, pastor


Jonas Ideström

Prefekt Avdelningen för religionsvetenskap och teologi, professor, präst



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


  • PM
  • Seminarier

Grundläggande behörighet.
Kurser i teologi 60 hp, varav minst 15 hp från fortsättningsnivå.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 19 mars 2013.