Eastern Christian Studies

Eastern Christian Studies

Eastern Christian Studies

Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm), in collaboration with the Sankt Ignatios foundation, offers courses and programs in Eastern Christian Studies.

The Eastern Christian Studies department offers the following programs: 

  • Pastoral-Pedagogical Program, 180 credits including studies at folk high school level at Sankt Ignatios College
  • Religious Educator Program, 120 credits, 2 or 3 years, including studies at folk high school level at Sankt Ignatios College
  • Bachelor’s program in Eastern Christian Studies, 180 credits, 3 years, the first 60 credits both as Campus and Internet based distance education
  • Premaster’s Program in Eastern Christian Studies, 60 credits, 1 year
  • Master's program in Eastern Christian Studies, 120 credits, 2 years (May be concluded with a magisterexamen, 60 credits) Campus and Internet based distance education
  • Master's program in International Relations and Ecumenism, 120 credits, 2 years, Campus and Internet based distance education
  • Master's program in Religion, Politics and Democracy, 120 credits, 2 years, Internet based distance education
  • Doctoral program in Eastern Christian Studies, 240 credits
  • Icons: Art and Theology, 30 credits, 1 year, Internet based distance education. May be combined with practical painting courses at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola, Södertälje
  • Introduction to Eastern Orthodox Theology, 30 credits, 1 year, Internet based distance education
  • Introduction to Oriental Orthodox Theology, 30 credits, 1 year, Internet based distance education

Some of the courses within the programs may be studied as single-subject courses. 

 

Pastoral - Pedagogical Program
The priest is central for the life of a Church. He celebrates the liturgy together with the parish, gathers people together for prayer and helps them discover the roots of their tradition. The priest offers care and spiritual counselling to people at times of need and crisis in their lives, and he represents the Church to the wider community. On the pedagogical track of the Pastoral-Pedagogical Program, our students receive a thorough understanding of the Church’s theological and biblical tradition as well as tools which will allow him or her to communicate their knowledge to others.

Students on this program receive a theological education at Bachelor's level with a focus on Eastern Christian Studies. In addition, they are trained in subjects such as practical liturgics, pastoral theology and Church languages.

The program leads to a Bachelor's degree in Theology with a focus on Eastern Christian Studies, and a vocational qualification in pastoral or pedagogical ministry.

Religious Educator Program
A religious educator is a teacher and theologian who plays a key role in the life of the Church and in its future development. An educator inspires and stimulates clergy and laity to deepen their understanding and to relate their faith to the world outside the Church. Therefore, an educator must have an in-depth understanding of the Church’s tradition, as well as the tools which will allow him or her to communicate that understanding to others.

Students on this program receive a theological education at Master’s level with a focus on Eastern Christian Studies. In addition, they learn how to create a safe and stimulating learning environment within a Church congregation or a diocese and how to encourage participation in the life of the Church by clergy and lay members. The successful student will be well equipped to help the Church to meet the challenges it faces today.

The program leads to a Master's degree in Theology with a focus on Eastern Christian Studies, and a vocational qualification as religious educator (Malphono / Malphonitho).

Bachelor’s program in Eastern Christian Studies
This is a three-year Bachelor’s program which provides students with a solid understanding of Orthodox theology and tradition, and which teaches them how to study and express themselves within an academic context. The program introduces subjects such as Church history, liturgics, ecclesiology, patristics and biblical studies, with a specific focus on the eastern Churches. In the third year, students will be introduced to research methodology and are required to write a thesis.

Premaster’s Program in Eastern Christian Studies
This one-year Pre-Master’s program aims to provide students who have insufficient background to allow them to begin Master’s level studies in Eastern Christian Studies.

Master's program in Eastern Christian Studies
The Master's program is a two-year program in which students acquire a deeper understanding of the field of Eastern Christian Studies as well as proficiency in communicating in a scholarly way at an advanced level. A Master's program involves seminars, lectures and reading of set texts.

A student can choose to finish his or her studies after one year of study in which case, if their work has met the required standard, they receive a Magister’s degree (60 ECTS credits).

Master's program in International Relations and Ecumenism
The new M.Th. program in International Relations and Ecumenism, offered by the Stockholm School of Theology, aims at educating future professionals and scholars in the fields of international and inter-Church relations. This M.Th. program develops the skills of analyzing and improving the models of relations between Christian communities, and external relations with society and other religions.

After graduation, the student will be qualified to deal with an array of issues related to international relations and ecumenism, including Church diplomacy, religious politics and security. Those who successfully complete the course will be qualified to work in the fields of ecumenical relations and foreign affairs for non-governmental Christian organizations and other international organizations. The program also provides the grounding for research at a more advanced level.

Master's program in Religion, Politics and Democracy (Internet based distance education)
The new two-year Master’s program in Religion, Politics and Democracy, within the Department of Eastern Christian Studies, aims at educating future professionals and scholars in the understanding of the relationship between religious ideas and institutions and the public sphere. This program explores the interaction and mutual influences between theological ideas, religious beliefs and practices, and modern secular society and the contemporary globalization processes. The courses in this program will help students learn about how theology and Church practice relate to the ever changing social and political environments, how ideology (both within the Church and in society) structures our perception of the social sphere, and how one can engage with social and political contexts and democratic processes in a constructive and creative way.

The program equips students with theoretical knowledge, critical analysis and writing skills necessary for future work as professionals (e.g. educators, ministers, public servants, analysts, NGO personnel and activists) or for research.

Doctoral program in Eastern Christian Studies
Department of Eastern Christian Studies offers a doctoral level training and supervision, equipping doctoral candidates for research within the field of Eastern Christian Studies. The program can focus on one of three areas of study: Eastern Christianity in History and the Present, International Relations and Ecumenism, and Religion, Art and Democracy.
Calls for application will be announced at EHS.se

Icons: Art and Theology
This special program explores the history and theology of icons and their visual/aesthetic properties, both traditional and contemporary. Through the combination of academic courses (at Stockholm School of Theology) and the practical painting courses Icon Painting I and Icon Painting II (at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola, Södertälje), the program enables students to acquire both theoretical/theological understanding and practical skills in icon painting. Academic courses include Christian Art, East & West I and II, Theology of Icons and Iconology. Students can choose to take only academic courses, without the practical icon-painting courses.

Introduction to Eastern Orthodox Theology
The course aims to introduce students to the life, faith and practice of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The course will explore theological topics such as salvation, tradition, and the concept of man, and students will also be introduced to the liturgy, the liturgical year, icons, and saints.  There will be opportunities to ponder subjects such as how asceticism can lead to inner peace, in what way marriage can be a way of becoming human and how canon law has operated within history. The course will make a study of specific Churches in contemporary society and the challenges they face. From this broad perspective the student will gain a good foundation and overview of this fascinating Christian tradition. 

Introduction to Oriental Orthodox Theology
Students will examine the effects of the formative encounter of the Churches with Islam, and particularly the effect this had on the self-understanding of the Churches.  It took several hundred years for the Oriental Orthodox Churches to adapt to the new situation and during the early Ottoman period the Oriental Churches moved into dialogue with their surrounding culture and formulated a theology based on the new situation. The late Ottoman period, which ends with the Armenian and Syrian holocaust, was crucial for understanding the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the 20th century.

You can read more at the web site of Sankt Ignatios Theological Academy: www.sanktignatios.org

For more information please contact the Academic Dean of Eastern Christian Studies anne-christine.lindvall@ehs.se

Application site www.universityadmissions.se/intl/start or www.antagning.se

The following two plans describes the design of the academic courses at the Bachelor’s and the Pastoral-Pedagogical Program (With reservation for changes.)

Language of instruction is English.

Bachelor's Program

YearFALLSPRING
 1

The Early Church, 7.5 credits

Eastern Christian Liturgics, 7.5 credits

Historical Theology with Church History, 7.5 credits

Patristic Studies: Theories and Methods, 7.5 credits

History of Religions, 7.5 credits

Eastern Christian Ecclesiology, 7.5 credits

Biblical Studies, 7.5 credits

Interpretation, theory and method with paper, 7.5 credits

2

The Gospel and the Letters of Paul, 10 credits

Sacred Texts of Eastern Christianity, 5 credits

History of Eastern Christianity: Mission and Development, 
7.5 credits

Sanctification of Life: 
Sacraments in the Eastern Churches, 7.5 credits

Eastern Christian liturgies, 
7.5 credits

Patristics and the Great Church fathers, 7.5 credits

Ecclesiology and Canon Law in Eastern Christianity, 7.5 credits

Ecclesiology in Contemporary Orthodox Theology, 7.5 credits

3

Patristic Exegesis, 7.5 credits

Eastern Christian theology, 7.5 credits

Typicon Decoded, 7.5 credits

Systematic Ecclesiology, 
7.5 credits

Methodology - Eastern 

Christian Studies, 15 credits

Bachelor thesis, 15 credits

 

Pastoral-Pedagocial Program Plan (pdf)
 

 

 

 

 

Icons: Art and Theology

Icons: Art and Theology

This non-degree program explores the history and theology of icons and their visual/aesthetic properties, both traditional and contemporary.

Introduction to Oriental Orthodox Theology

Introduction to Oriental Orthodox Theology

Following this cource is an ideal way to deepen your knowledge of the Oriental Orthodix tradition.

Introduction to Eastern Orthodox Theology

Introduction to Eastern Orthodox Theology

The course aims to introduce students to the life, faith and practice of the Eastern Orthodox Church.