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Department of the Study of Religions

World Christianities Foundation

Course Code:
158000117
Unit value:
0.5
Year of study:
Year 1
Taught in:
Term 2

The course provides an introduction to Christianity as a world-wide phenomenon, emphasising the commonalities and differences between different strands of Christianity in different places and at different periods of its development. The course aims to familiarise students with a range of approaches to the study of Christianity as well as textual, historical, anthropological and other resources for study in this field, and to address significant themes and issues arising in the study of Christianity.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

  • have acquired a knowledge of basic events, persons and periods of Christian history, and framework of historical and geographical development
  • have appreciated the different expressions of Christianity through time and place
  • have understood the forces at work in society moulding the various expressions of Christianity
  • have acquired the skills to understand and assess current manifestations of Christianity
  • be able to find and use books, journals and other sources of information relevant to topics studied in this course
  • have written on at least two approved topics relevant to the course

Scope and syllabus

Christianity embraces an astonishing range of cultural phenomena. This course introduces Christian thought, history and practice, giving special attention to the religion's diverse manifestations, past and present, around the world.

Method of assessment

1 essay (3,000 words) (50%), 2-hour exam (50%).

Suggested reading

  • McManners, John, ed. (1993) The Oxford History Of Christianity, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Sanders, E P (1993) The Historical Figure of Jesus, London: Penguin.