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

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Generell informasjon | Overlappende emner | Studiekrav | Avsluttende vurdering | Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne | Litteratur 

Emneansvarlig:Roar G. Fotland (
Studieprogramtilhørighet:Bachelorprogrammer - Bachelor i teologi
Bachelorprogrammer - Bachelor in Theology, Religion and Society
Avdelingstilhørighet:Avdeling for teologi og kirkelig utdanning


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EksamenstypeEksamens- / innleveringsdatoTrekkfrist
Individuell skriftlig oppgave2021-12-03 3. des. 20212021-11-01 1. nov. 2021
Kunngjøringsdato:22. des. 2021

Generell informasjon

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

Overlappende emner

TEOL2650 does not overlap with other courses.


 In order to receive a final assessment the student must:
  • Take part in the minimum 60 % of the lectures.
  • 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).

Avsluttende vurdering

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.

Læringsutbytte etter fullført emne

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.


For å få tilgang til elektronisk litteratur når du ikke sitter på MF:

  • Amnesty International, . (2019). Sweden: A cold welcome: Human rights of roma and other "vulnerable eu citizens" at risk.. Hentet fra
  • Bogdan, M., Dunajeva, J., Junghaus, T., Kocze, A. ., Rövid,M, ., Rostas, I. ., Ryder, A., Szilvasi, M. & Taba, M. (2015). Nothing about us without us?: Roma participation in policy making and knowledge production. Roma rights, (2), s. 7-32. Hentet fra
  • Dankelman, I. & Naidu, K. (2020). Introduction: Gender, development, and the climate crisis. Gender and development, 28(3), s. 447-457. Bibliotek (Kompendium).
  • Engelsviken, T. (2003). Missio Dei: Understanding and misunderstanding of a theological concept in European churches and missiology. International review of mission, 92(367), s. 481-497. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Falck, R. (2020). Discrimination against Roma: Evidence from two survey experiments in Norway. Migration Studies, s. 1-23. Hentet fra
  • French, D. & Kotzé, L. J. (2018). Sustainable development goals: Law, theory and implementation (s. 66-90, 222-249). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Giovannini, M. (2016). Alternatives to development: The contribution of indigenous community enterprises in Chiapas. Journal of international development, 28(7), s. 1138-1154. Bibliotek (Kompendium).
  • Gottlieb, R. S. (Red.) (2006). The Oxford handbook of religion and ecology (s. 3-21, 115-146, 362-375). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Heuser, A. & Köhrsen, J. (Red.) (2020). Does religion make a difference?: Religious NGOs in international development collaboration (s. 43-81). Zu?rich,Baden-Baden: Pano Verlag Nomos. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Krantz, G. & Garcia-Moreno, C. (2005). Violence against women. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 59(10), s. 818-821. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Lancaster, C. (2007). Foreign aid: Diplomacy, development, domestic politics (s. 1-24). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Mishra, M. (2020). Sustainable development: Linking economy and environment in the era of globalization. Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.. Hentet fra
  • Misje, T. (2020). Social work and welfare bordering: The case of homeless EU migrants in Norway. European journal of social work, 23(3), s. 401-413. Bibliotek (Kompendium).
  • Momsen, J. H. (2020). Gender and development (3. utg., s. 12-19, 120-152). New York: Routledge. Bibliotek (Kompendium)
  • Nikolajsen, J. B. (2013). Missional Church: A historical and theological analysis of an ecclesiological tradition. International Review of Mission, 102(2), s. 249-261. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Nikolajsen, J. B. (2013). Beyond Sectarianism: The Missional Church in a Post-Christendom Society. Missiology: An international review, 41(4), s. 462-475. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Nordstokke, K. (2012). Empowerment in the perspective of ecumenical diaconia. Diaconia: Journal for the study of Christian social practice, 3, s. 185-195. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Schreiter, R. J. & Jørgensen, K. (Red.) (2013). Mission as ministry of reconciliation (3 - 173; 207-213). Edinburgh: Regnum Books. Bibliotek. Hentet fra
  • Theoharis, L. (2017). Always with us?: What Jesus really said about the poor. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans . Bibliotek. Hentet fra

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