Course code: TAM301
Course name: Thinking theologically about practice
Location: Bergen (Sandviken)
Academic year: 2021–2022
Credits: 15 ECTS Credits
Single subject: No
Required prerequisite knowledge
The basic educational pathway is an obtained bachelor's degree with 80 ECTS specialization in theology and with a grade average of C or higher (ECTS). Language requirements apply as for the entire Master program. For details and alternative pathways, see the curriculum for Master in Theology and Ministry.
Recommended prerequisite knowledge
2 years of experience from Ministry or Church practice.
Relevance within study programme
Obligatory course in Master in Theology and Ministry
Elective for Master of Theology or Christian studies
The course offers an introduction theological thinking in the context of practice.
Semester of education: Autumn. Exception for academic year 2020-2021: Spring.
Learning outcomes descriptors
- has fundamental knowledge within the academic field of practical theology
- has specialized insight in qualitative methods in ecclesial ethnographic research
- has thorough knowledge of theory formulation and method development in practical theological research related to empirical research
- can apply theological and interdisciplinary knowledge in an innovative manner in Practical Theology
- can analyze academic problems on the basis of the practical theology and qualitative empirical research–s distinctive character and place in society
- can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in the area of Practical Theology and work independently on practical and theoretical problems
- can use practical theological and empirical methods for research and scholarly
- and /or artistic development work in an independent manner
- can analyze and deal critically with empirical research and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments
- is sufficiently equipped with theory and methodology from the forefront of empirical practical theological research in order to design a limited research project of his/her own
- can analyze relevant Practical Theological theory and research ethical problems
- can apply his/her knowledge and skills in the field of empirical and practical theological methods in order to carry out assignments
- can communicate independent work and masters language and terminology of the area of empirical and practical theology
- can participate in scholarly discourses about practical theology in academia, the church, and in wider society
- can contribute to new thinking and innovation in practical theology
The content of TAM301 Thinking Theologically about Practice could be expressed in terms of two main foci and a cluster of central topics:
Focus 1 will be on reflexivity in theological reflection and issues of tradition and the place of empirical work in theological method.
Focus 2 will be on formal practical theological method. This will offer an overview of the discipline of practical theology.
A cluster of topics and cases form a third area of attention: Ordinary Theology, Lived Religion, Material Christianity,
Christopraxis, Ordinary Hermeneutics, practice and Theological Fragments, and Messy Church
Teaching and learning methods
Two weeklong learning sessions on campus comprised of lectures, group-seminars, and case-based classes.
An online learning-program stretching over eight weeks before and between the learning sessions. Each week is comprised of at least one video-lecture, self study of syllabus related to the week–s topic, online office hour (a live-chat with a lecturer), and a small assignment (coursework requirement).
- 80% attendance at the learning session is a requirement. (Alternative assignments will be provided for students prohibited from attending).
- 8 minor online assignments.
(Alternative submission deadline may occasionally be approved)
Grading, coursework requirements
Final assessment in TAM301 is the subject of one Home Exam. This is a written essay comprised of 5000 words (+/- 20%) on a pre-assigned topic. Duration:10 working days.The Home Exam is an individual piece of work and is assessed according to the ECTS grading scale. The wording of the assignment and date of submission is announced after the final learning session in the course.
Permitted aids under examination
The Home Exam is assessed according to the ECTS grading scale,A – F.
Alternatively, one of the Scandinavian languages.
Other languages could be accepted by application.
Students will be encouraged to evaluate the course module online (Itslearning) upon completion. Lecturers will evaluate the course module through mutual conversation, and based on student evaluations.
Available for Course Students
Reading list and academic resources
Subject to changes
Ballard, Paul and Pritchard, John (1996) Practical Theology in Action London: SPCK
Fulkerson, Mary, McClintock (2007) Places of Redemption Oxford: Oxford University Press
Osmer, Rick (2008) Practical Theology: An Introduction Grand Rapids: Eerdmans
Root, A. (2014). Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
Ward, P. (ed.) Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography (2013 Erdmann's)