Theology and the Desire to Change Things

Theology and the Desire to Change Things

7.5 credits

7.5 credits

Spring semester 2020

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.

On completion 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.

For application enquiries, please contact the assistant director of studies: 
Josef Forsling, josef.forsling@ehs.se

 

 

University College Stockholm - Stockholm School of Theology