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TEOL2650: Church in Society - for the transformation of the world

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Person responsible for the course:Leni Mjåland (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Autumn
Study programme:Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor of Theology
Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor in Theology, Religion and Society
Department:Department of Theology and Ministry

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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1 Final deadline to withdraw from examination

Examination typeDate / DeadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
Essay2020-11-30 30. Nov 20202020-11-01 1. Nov 2020
Submission deadline:12:00
Release date for results:21. Dec 2020
Essay – New and postponed - N.B. Own rules for access.2021-01-25 25. Jan 20212021-01-10 10. Jan 2021
Submission deadline:12:00
Release date for results:15. Feb 2021

General information

TEOL2650 acknowledge that the mission of the church is not only an invitation to individual transformation, but also an invitation to transform the world. The course will discuss critically the role of the church in the society and at the same time explore how the church in mission might participate in the transformation of social and political structures in order for them to be closer to the ideal of the Kingdom of God is emphasised. The course will investigate how the church in mission have tried and failed to embody the divine ideals of reconciliation, empowerment, justice and reasonable life condition of all people, and ask if the church has learned something from the past that equips for the future. A theology that might help the church in mission to meet the global environmental challenges that might destroy God’s creation will also be examined. THEOL2650 will be in dialogue with social science to get insight to the role the church might have in the society, from that perspective.
Prerequisites: There is no prerequisite, but teol 1610 is a recommended foreknowledge

Overlapping courses

TEOL2650 does not overlap with other courses.

Course requirements

 In order to receive a final assessment the student must:
  • Submit and receive approval for an essay (1200-1500) words within a fixed deadline.
  • The essay might be a first step towards the essay for the final exam.
  • Participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
  • When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).

Final assessment

The final assessment of TEOL2650 is an essay of 3500-4000 word. The course and final exam will be assessed by graded A – F.
In order to receive a final assessment, the student must fulfil the course requirement within a fixed deadline.

Course objective and content

The student has:
  • good knowledge about mission as transformation of society
  • good knowledge of the reconciling ministry of the church
  • knowledge about how structures hinder a reasonable development of local, national and global society
  • knowledge of the implication of God’s preferential option for the poor
  • knowledge about the mission from the margins
  • knowledge of a theology of ecology
The student can:
  • understand the concept of holistic mission of the church
  • defend the need for empowering people to take control over their own development
  • discuss the implication of mission as reconciliation in a multi-cultural and multi-religious context
  • participate in a meaningful dialogue on the role of the church facing the environmental challenges today.
  • interpret society with a combination of missiology and social science.


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  • Appleby, R. S. (1997). The ambivalence of the sacred: Religion, violence, and reconciliation (p. 1-21). Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield. Library (Compendium)
  • Deneulin, S. & Bano, M. (2009). Religion in development: Rewriting the secular script (p. 12-24, 106-134). London: Zed Books. Library. Hentet fra
  • Engelsviken, T. (2003). Missio Dei: Understanding and misunderstanding of a theological concept in European churches and missiology. International review of mission, 92(367), p. 481-497. Library. Hentet fra
  • Freeman, D. (2012). The pentecostal ethic and the spirit of development.. I D. Freeman (Ed.), Pentecostalism and development: Churches, NGOs and social change in Africa (p. 1-38). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Library. Hentet fra
  • Gottlieb, R. S. (Ed.) (2006). The Oxford handbook of religion and ecology (p. 3-21, 115-146, 362-375). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Library (Compendium)
  • Jennings, T. W. (1990). Good news to the poor: John Wesley's evangelical economics (p. 1-100). Nashville, Tenn: Abingdon Press. Library
  • Myers, B. L. (2011). Walking with the poor: Principles and practices of transformational development (Rev. and exp. ed., p. 1-238, 309-351). Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books. Library. Hentet fra
  • Nikolajsen, J. B. (2013). Beyond Sectarianism: The Missional Church in a Post-Christendom Society. Missiology: An international review, 41(4), p. 462-475. Library. Hentet fra
  • Nikolajsen, J. B. (2013). Missional Church: A historical and theological analysis of an ecclesiological tradition. International Review of Mission, 102(2), p. 249-261. Library. Hentet fra
  • Nordstokke, K. (2012). Empowerment in the perspective of ecumenical diaconia. Diaconia: Journal for the study of Christian social practice, 3, p. 185-195. Library (Compendium).
  • Schreiter, R. J. & Jørgensen, K. (Ed.) (2013). Mission as ministry of reconciliation (3 - 173; 175-190; 207-213; 286-293; 321-330.). Edinburgh: Regnum Books. Library. Hentet fra

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