5ST427 Theology and a will for change, 7.5 Credits
Theology and a will for change, 7.5 Credits
Systematic Theology
Spring 2019/2020 Jan - Mar (w04-w13). Language English.
Admission at universityadmissions.se or antagning.se, admission code: ST427
Entry requirements
120 ECTS credits in theology, of which at least 15 credits in systematic theology from third year's level or Bachelor's degree in theology/religious studies, 180 ECTS credits, of which at least 150 credits in theology/religious studies, or equivalent. - Proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent
Education Level
Second cycle
The desire to study theology is often linked to a desire to change things in the world. This course discusses and analyzes questions concerning the relationship between theology and politics, the possible contribution of theology to the sustainability of life, and the dynamics of different theological views concerning the political-theoretical function of theology. Political and ecological perspectives in contemporary theology are analyzed using Hannah Arendt's political theory. The course takes up the social, ethical, and political consequences as three different perspectives in theology. The theological perspectives are in turn discussed in relation to secular theories of economics and ecology.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• show in-depth knowledge of three perspectives in contemporary political theology and show an advanced ability to use one of them as a tool for analysis
• show an in-depth understanding of and an ability to critically relate to Hannah Arendt's concept of politics
• be able to argue independently and, on a systematic theological basis, analyze ecological or economic theory as it emerges in Diamond and Chomsky respectively..
Arendt, Hannah, 2006. Between Past and Future: Eight Exercises in Political Thinking. New York: Penguin. S. 3-169, 194-259 (231 s.)

Arendt, Hannah, 1943. We refugees (available online)

Arendt, Hannah, 1993. What is Politics? (available online) (totalt 20 s)

Blanton, Ward m.fl., 2016. An insurrectionist manifesto: four new gospels for a radical politics. New York: Columbia University Press (220 s.)

Carlsson, Petra, 2018. Foucault, Art, and Radical Theology: The Mystery of Things. London: Routledge. S. 92-138 (46 s.) Available as e-book via EbscoHost for student and staff.

Diamond, Jared, 2014. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. New York: Penguin. Kap. Prolog, 2, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16 (180 s.) or
Chomsky, Noam & McChesney, Robert, 1999. Profit over People: Neoliberalism and the Global Order. New York: Seven Stories Press (160 s.)

Keller, Catherine, 2018. Political Theology of the Earth: Our Planetary Emergency and the Struggle for a New Public. New York: Columbia: University Press (180 s.) Available as e-book via EbscoHost for student and staff.

Pui-Lan, Kwok, 2016. Postcolonial Intervention in Political Theology. I: Political Theology 17:3. S. 223-225 (3 s.)

Ramachandra, Vinoth, 2008. Subverting Global Myths. London: SPCK. S. 217-261 (44 s.)

Schwerin Rowe, Terra, 2017. Toward a Better Worldliness: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. (180 s) Available as e-book via EbscoHost for student and staff.

Ward, Graham, 2019. Theology and Religion: Why It Matters. Cambridge: Polity. (123 s) Available as e-book via EbscoHost for student and staff.

Wink, Walter, 2003. Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way. Minneapolis: Fortress Press (112 s.) Available as e-book via EbscoHost for student and staff.

Wright, N.T. (Tom), 2016. The Day the Revolution Began: Rethinking the Meaning of Jesus’ Crucifixion. London: SPCK. S. 145-416 (271 s.) Available as e-book via EbscoHost for student and staff.

(Totalt ca 1650 sid..)
Petra Carlsson, Joseph Sverker
Exam Types
Papers, Seminars.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
Confirmed by Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Teologiska högskolan Stockholm 2018-12-19
Literature revised 2019-05-22