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K5410: Systematic Theology

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Person responsible for the course:Marion Grau (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Autumn
Study programme:Master's degree (2 years) - Christian Education
Master's degree (2 years) - Theology
Department:Department of Theology and History
Examination support material permitted:None

General information

The course is a basic course in Systematic Theology.
The study of Systematic Theology on higher level is going to present the Christian faith for humans today. It aims to formulate on what conditions it may be seen as relevant and applicable within a wider cultural framework. The course gives particular insight into how to work on Systematic Theology today, by integrating perspectives from other theological disciplines and sciences, specifically social science and humanities.
It is an important goal to discuss in what way Christian Theology can establish a voice in a broad social and cultural discourse. Thus, this study seeks to give the best conditions for understanding how the students articulate a relevant interpretation of Christian faith in society, in school and in church. The course also covers some aspects of Fundamental Questions in Systematic Theology.

Overlapping courses

Parts of K5410 Systematic Theology overlap with TEOL5420 Ethics and Philosophy of Religion, TEOL5410 Revelation, Trinity and Incarnation, FIL5010 The Biq Questions and the former course K5415 Dogmatics and Ethics.
  • Students who have already completed TEOL5420 will receive 6 credit points (ECTS) for K5410 on their transcript of records or diploma.
  • Students who have already completed TEOL5410 will receive 5 credit points (ECTS) for K5410 on their transcript of records or diploma.
  • Students who have already completed FIL5010 will receive 8 credit points (ECTS) for K5410 on their transcript of records or diploma.
  • Students who have already completed K5415 will receive 7 credit points (ECTS) for K5410 on their transcript of records or diploma.
Students who are planning to take more than two of these overlapping courses are asked to contact a student advisor.

Course requirements

The requirements for receiving a final assessment are:
  • Writing a draft for an essay related to the curriculum of the course. The theme of the essay and the draft shall be approved upon by a professor in the respective discipline. The draft shall include a complete introduction with a problem for discussion and a presentation of the material, method and outline of the essay.
  • Attend a minimum of 60% of the lectures.
  • Participating in the evaluation of the curriculum and/or of the learning environment, if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.

Final assessment

K5410 has an academic essay (2800-4000 words) and an oral exam as the form of final assessment. The students have to deliver the academic essay within the given deadline. The oral exam is independent from the essay and covers the material of the entire course. The final mark (A-F) is given on the basis of both the essay (50 %) and the oral exam (50 %).

Course objective and content

The student can:
  • demonstrate a good understanding of the theological and hermeneutical conditions involved in formulating an appropriate interpretation of Christian faith
  • demonstrate good knowledge of the most important intellectual challenges for contemporary systematic theology in its encounter with contemporary understandings of religion
  • demonstrate a good understanding of how and why Christian theology must be done in an academically responsible way
  • demonstrate a good understanding of various current formulations of Christian theology that strive to meet the intellectual challenges of our time
The student can:
  • discuss selected dogmatic and ethical issues
  • write in ways that are in conversation with other disciplines such as other social sciences, natural sciences and humanities
  • write a scholarly paper using relevant sources and with appropriate references and footnotes.


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  • Dalferth, I. U. (2016). On distinctions. International journal for philosophy of religion, 79(3), p. 171-183. Hentet fra
  • Eagleton, T. (2009). Reason, faith, and revolution: Reflections on the God debate. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University press. Library
  • Gregersen, N. H. (2008). Dogmatik som samtidsteologi. Dansk teologisk tidsskrift, 71(4), p. 290-310. Library. Hentet fra
  • Henriksen, J.-O. (2016). Mangfold og tvetydighet: Aktuelle blikk på religion. Kristiansand: Portal. Library
  • Keller, C. (2008). On the mystery: Discerning divinity in process. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. Library. Hentet fra
  • Schilbrack, K. (2014). Philosophy and the study of religions: A manifesto. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. Library
  • Tilghman, B. R. (1994). An introduction to the philosophy of religion. Oxford: Blackwell. Library
  • Valentin, B. (2015). Theological cartographies: Mapping the encounter with God, humanity, and Christ. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press. Library


  • Gunton, C. E. (Ed.) (1997). The Cambridge companion to Christian doctrine (p. 3-118). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Library
  • McGrath, A. E. (2017). Christian theology: An introduction (6th. ed.). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons. Library


  • Austad, T. (2008). Tolkning av kristen tro: Metodespørsmål i systematisk teologi. Kristiansand ,: Høyskoleforl. Library
  • Henriksen, J.-O. (2007). Teologi i dag: Samvittighet og selvkritikk. Bergen: Fagbokforl. Library

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