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.

Efter kursen förväntas studenten:

  • display advanced 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 independent thinking, and competence in undertaking research on churches’ relationship to urban population and culture
  • improve their skills of community leadership in pastoral and social missions in an urban context

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

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

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 p). 

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

Supplementary literature (300 p). 

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.

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Jonas Ideström

Prefekt Avdelningen för religionsvetenskap och teologi, professor, präst


Sune Fahlgren

Docent, högskolelektor, pastor



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


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  • 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.

The course includes web-based studies, seminars and five days of field studies.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 22 januari 2013.