5KH325 Body and Gender in Church History, 7.5 Credits
Body and Gender in Church History, 7.5 Credits
Church History
Spring 2019/2020 Jan - Mar (w04-w13). Language English.
Admission at universityadmissions.se or antagning.se, admission code: KH325
Entry requirements
General entry requirements for higher education. 60 ECTS credits in Theology, including 30 ECTS credits from Introductory Courses, and the courses Text, Context and Interpretation, 15 ECTS Credits, and Theology, Religion and Churches in Sweden, 15 ECTS Credits, or the equivalent.
Education Level
First cycle
Questions concerning body and gender have been widely discussed in both academia and the Church in recent decades. Historically, these questions have been closely interwoven. This course gives an overview of these themes in theology and in the life of the Church, including questions such as: To what extent can the Christian tradition be described as being hostile to the body or sex? How has femininity and masculinity been constructed in the history of the Church? In addition, views concerning celibacy, marriage, homosexuality and female religious leadership are examined by studying how these matters were approached throughout the history of the Church.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• have a good overview and in-depth knowledge of the history of Christianity from a gender historical perspective
• have knowledge of and be able to analyze theological perspectives on body and gender in Church history
• have the ability to independently and critically discuss central research issues regarding body and gender..
Brown, Peter, 2008 [1990]. The Body and Society. Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity. New York: Columbia Press University. (400 pp.)

The Catholic Women Speak Network (ed). 2015. Catholic Women Speak. Bringing our Gifts to the Table, 2015. New York: Aulis (contains 40 pp. required reading) Available as e-book.

Rogers, Eugene F. (ed.), 2002. Theology and Sexuality: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Malden: Blackwell Publishers. (contains 250 pp. required reading)

Hall, Donald E. (ed.) (1994) Muscular Christianity: embodying the Victorian Age (Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture 2), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (contains 30 pp. required reading)

Ranft, Patricia, 1998. Women and Spiritual Equality in the Christian Tradition. Basingstoke: Macmillan. (200 pp.)
Hanna Stenström
Exam Types
Seminars, Papers.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
Confirmed by Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Teologiska högskolan Stockholm 2011-12-20
Literature revised 2019-05-22
Revised 2017-02-22