Kurser på engelska

19 kurser

  • Church History, I

    This course delves into the history of Christianity from the birth of the first Church in Jerusalem through the spread of the Good News within the Roman Empire, and beyond to the ”edges of the world” (up to the 16th century). We are going to explore the process of the formation of the Christian tradition and Church teaching. We will also discover the challenges and changes in the internal and external life of the Church from its earliest periods up to the late medieval period. In this context, we will discuss the primary sources based on their criticism and learn to use different historical methods. We will also look at persons and events that have been important for the future development of Christianity in different regions. Special attention will be given to understanding the forces which led to divisions within the Church, especially between Eastern and Western Christianity and the attempts to restore Church unity. For the course readings, we will use mostly English translations of the source texts.
    7.5 ECTS, Theology
    Uppsala (NB! changed venue): Mondays and Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm
    Instructor: Svitlana Hurkina

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  • Church History, I, Partial distance

    This course delves into the history of Christianity from the birth of the first Church in Jerusalem through the spread of the Good News within the Roman Empire, and beyond to the ”edges of the world” (up to the 16th century). We are going to explore the process of the formation of the Christian tradition and Church teaching. We will also discover the challenges and changes in the internal and external life of the Church from its earliest periods up to the late medieval period. In this context, we will discuss the primary sources based on their criticism and learn to use different historical methods. We will also look at persons and events that have been important for the future development of Christianity in different regions. Special attention will be given to understanding the forces which led to divisions within the Church, especially between Eastern and Western Christianity and the attempts to restore Church unity. For the course readings, we will use mostly English translations of the source texts.
    7.5 ECTS, Theology
    Partial distance: January 30 and February 27 (NB! changed dates) 
    Instructor: Svitlana Hurkina

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  • Civic Courage in Theory and Practice

    Sophie Scholl left her classes to secretly distribute pamphlets against Adolf Hitler; eleven-year-old Malala Yousafzai lived amidst the Taliban while blogging about their brutality. Human history is filled with individuals who were ready to take risks for a common good. What motivated them? What were the effects of their civic courage? What can our bravest contemporaries and fallen heroes teach us about how to live? The course includes site visits and in-class interviews with socially engaged guests in Stockholm and Uppsala.

    7.5 ECTS
    Uppsala
    Instructor: Brian Palmer

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  • Cosmology and Religion

    Already in ancient Greek philosophy there were connections between cosmological and religious ideas. In early modernity, cosmological discoversies changed our view of the universe, and thereby also challenged traditional religious ideas about the creation. In this course we will look at how contemporary science describes the universe, and we will reflect on what implications contemporary cosmology might have for theology.

    3.75 ECTS, Philosophy
    Partial distance with classroom instruction in Uppsala 16-18 December (NB! dates changed)
    Instructor: François Euvé

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  • Ecumenical Theology – Contemporary Rapprochement Between Christian East and West

    In the last century the Catholic Church underwent a number of substantial changes in its own ecclesiological self-perception, and went through a process of radical reexamination of its attitudes towards other Churches. Since the time of the Second Vatican Council, which marked the beginning of the so-called “Dialogue of Love,” there have been many attempts aimed at rapprochement between Christian East and West and reestablishment of the visible communion between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. At the same it was clearly reaffirmed by the Council that the Catholic Church in itself is a Communion of equal in dignity Particular Churches, each with its own identity and vocation. The course will be dedicated to the analysis of different stages of ecumenical relations between Christian East and West, with special interest to the role played in this dialogue by the Eastern Catholic Churches. A number of controversial issues such as “uniatism,” “ecclesial particularity,” “Sister-Churches,” etc. will be addressed in the course in order to arrive at an understanding of the authentic nature and mission of the Church as unity in diversity in the image of the Holy Trinity.

    7.5 ECTS, Theology
    Uppsala: blended learning with intensive tuition Monday, December 5, through Friday, December 9, 9 am – 1 pm (Tuesday 12 pm – 4 pm) (NB! changed times)
    Instructor: Yuriy Sakvuk

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  • Franciscan Spirituality: From Francis, the Little Poor One, to Ecology Today

    The name that the current Pope has adopted, Francis, after Francis of Assisi, illustrates how relevant Franciscan Spirituality is in our time. This course will provide historical and source-critical portraits of Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi and Bonaventure. It will put their lives into a wider context. The life of Francis will also be interpreted through a narrative perspective. Using recent scholarly writings, the course will articulate how Jesus Christ, creation, evolution, ecology and contemplation interrelate. The ways in which ideals of poverty (or a simple life-style), choices based on values, spirituality and environmental sustainability are connected, will be demonstrated.

    7.5 ETCS, Theology
    Uppsala: Tuesdays 3:30 pm-5:30 pm and Thursdays 3:30 pm-5:30 pm
    Instructor: Fredrik Heiding

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  • International Climate Change Negotiations

    Why are there such great difficulties in negotiating comprehensive international agreements which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently? On the issue of climate change, what has happened globally? How have countries’ positions changed over time, and why? During this course we will follow the developments of climate change negotiations in real-time; we will observe and evaluate developments as they happen. Students of this course will learn the history of the UNFCCC’s work, in an attempt to understand the complexities of negotiation and implementation. Some countries and groups will be examined more specifically. The interaction between political process and scientific research will also be investigated.

    7.5 ECTS
    Uppsala: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm and 1:30 pm-3:30 pm (a selection of weeks, to be presented at the start of the course)
    Instructor: Andreas Carlgren

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  • International Climate Change Negotiations

    Why are there such great difficulties in negotiating comprehensive international agreements which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently? On the issue of climate change, what has happened globally? How have countries’ positions changed over time, and why? During this course we will follow the developments of climate change negotiations in real-time; we will observe and evaluate developments as they happen. Students of this course will learn the history of the UNFCCC’s work, in an attempt to understand the complexities of negotiation and implementation. Some countries and groups will be examined more specifically. The interaction between political process and scientific research will also be investigated.

    7.5 ECTS
    Uppsala: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-12:30 and 13:30-15:30, the following weeks: 42 (October 18 and 20), 43 (October 25 and 27), 45 (November 8 och 10), 46 (November 15 and 17), 47 (only Tuesday, November 22).
    This course runs during the entire semester.
    Instructor: Andreas Carlgren

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  • Logic and Argumentation

    The question of what separates a valid from an invalid inference is one of the central problems in modern symbolic logic. In order to answer this question, arguments expressed in natural languages are translated into formal languages of symbolic logic. In this way, the logical structure stands out more clearly. In this course, two such formal languages are studied: propositional and predicate logic. The course will investigate different ways of evaluating the validity of arguments within various subject areas and using symbolic logic.

    7.5 ECTS, PHILOSOPHY
    Uppsala: Mondays and Wednesdays 16-18
    Instructor: Taeda Tomic

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  • Patristic Eco-Theology

    Since the second half of the twentieth century, Judeo-Christianity was criticized with being one of the main triggers for the modern ecological crisis. Hence, there has been an increasing interest in examining the relationship of Scripture, Church Fathers and contemporary Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox traditions to ecological issues facing contemporary society. In this course, we will discuss theories and perspectives from the biblical and theological traditions, with a special focus on the patristic and neopatristic sources, in order to build a dialogue with modern ecological issues and seek their resolution.

    7.5 ECTS, THEOLOGY
    Partial distance with classroom instruction in Uppsala: October 3 to 7, 9 am to 1 pm
    Instructor: Oleh Kindiy

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  • Philosophy of Mathematics

    Mathematics is often used when one wants to be absolutely certain. But mathematics can also deceive if applied in domains where it does not belong. What is mathematics, really? What is it intended to calculate? What is mathematical judgement? How certain is mathematics? And what about the role of mathematics in the dialogue between science and religion? The course treats some of these key questions on the philosophy of mathematics.

    7.5 ECTS, PHILOSOPHY
    Partial distance with classroom instruction in Uppsala: September 16 and October 14
    Instructor: Kim Solin

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  • Philosophy of Science with Natural Philosophy

    The sciences occupy a prominent place in contemporary thinking, as well as in today’s society in general. In this course we will take a closer look at the different sciences’ knowledge claims and methods. In what sense can science be said to provide knowledge? What claim do sciences make to describe reality? And what are the possibilities and limitations of the scientific method? Only through such an analysis can scientific knowledge claims be compared to knowledge claims in other areas.

    7.5 ECTS, PHILOSOPHY
    Stockholm: Fridays 9 am to 1 pm
    Instructor: Erik Åkerlund

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  • Philosophy of Science with Natural Philosophy Partial distance

    The sciences occupy a prominent place in contemporary thinking, as well as in today’s society in general. In this course we will take a closer look at the different sciences’ knowledge claims and methods. In what sense can science be said to provide knowledge? What claim do sciences make to describe reality? And what are the possibilities and limitations of the scientific method? Only through such an analysis can scientific knowledge claims be compared to knowledge claims in other areas.

    7.5 ECTS, PHILOSOPHY
    Partial distance: February 3 and March 3
    Instructor: Erik Åkerlund

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  • Science and Religion

    The relationship between religion and science will be studied from both a historic as well as a systematic perspective. Some historical cases which demonstrate both conflict and synergy between science and religion will be treated. Different ways of viewing scientific methods and their scope, such as for example Kuhn’s paradigm theory and reductionist scientism, will be related to questions about the hermeneutics of religious convictions. In particular, issues of the relevance of contemporary cosmology and biology to the religious interpretations of reality will be highlighted. Contributory participants: Hilary Marlow (Theology and Ecology), Hans Liljenström (Biophysics), Johan Stenberg (Biology), Katarina Pajchel (Astrophysics).
    7.5 ETCS, Philosophy
    Partial distance with meeting in Uppsala April 21-23
    Coordinators: Ulf Jonsson and Erik Åkerlund

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  • Theological Ethics

    Every day headlines jar us with news about profound ethical issues. All of us face moral dilemmas. But just how do we make our moral decisions? The individualism of our culture tells us that each person must decide for himself or herself. Some religious traditions stress following the law. In our course, we will consider a third approach in the Christian tradition that attempts to combine the best of both philosophical and theological perspectives. The course treats important themes in the intersection of theology (with special attention to Scripture), philosophical reflection, and human experience. We will also consider what is called “virtue ethics.” Finally we will discuss topics chosen by the class, leading us to wrestle with this question: How can we oppose evil without creating new evils and being made evil ourselves?

    7.5 ETCS, Theology
    Uppsala: Mondays 7 pm-9 pm and Thursdays 7 pm-9 pm
    Instructor: Kenneth Overberg

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  • Theology and Film

    The course is directed to those who wish to study and critically analyze modern film and the significance of religious, ethical, philosophical and other ideas in these cultural expressions. The course is based on an interplay between analysis in cinema studies and theology. Popular films and artistic films are considered. Sequences from current films will be introduced and analyzed during the course. Course participants will practice their ability to report on and analyze film content, as well as to discern and discuss their religious and worldviews.

    7,5 ECTS, Theology
    Uppsala: Wednesdays (a selection), 3 pm to 8 pm
    Intructor: Philip Geister

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  • Theology and Film Partial Distance

    Cancelled

    The course is directed to those who wish to study and critically analyze modern film and the significance of religious, ethical, philosophical and other ideas in these cultural expressions. The course is based on an interplay between analysis in cinema studies and theology. Popular films and artistic films are considered. Sequences from current films will be introduced and analyzed during the course. Course participants will practice their ability to report on and analyze film content, as well as to discern and discuss their religious and worldviews.

    7,5 ECTS, Theology
    Partial distance (dates and times coming later)
    Intructor: Philip Geister

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  • What is Nature?

    Nature is an ambiguous term. What it refers to is quite different in natural science, literature, philosophy or theology. This course will explore the use of the concept of “nature” in different academic fields, trying to identify what is particular to its understanding in each context. A focus of the course will be the hermeneutics of nature, i.e. how we access knowledge on nature, how we experience it and how this experience interacts with our concepts of it. The course will attempt to find a common denominator for an interdisciplinary understanding of nature as well as trying to offer an ecological outlook, re-formulating our relationship to nature.

    7.5 ECTS
    Uppsala: Mondays and Wednesdays (a selection), 10 am – 12 pm, as well as excursion May 22-23
    Coordinator: Philip Geister

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  • What is Nature?

    Nature is an ambiguous term. What it refers to is quite different in natural science, literature, philosophy or theology. This course will explore the use of the concept of “nature” in different academic fields, trying to identify what is particular to its understanding in each context. A focus of the course will be the hermeneutics of nature, i.e. how we access knowledge on nature, how we experience it and how this experience interacts with our concepts of it. The course will attempt to find a common denominator for an interdisciplinary understanding of nature as well as trying to offer an ecological outlook, re-formulating our relationship to nature.

    7.5 ECTS
    Uppsala, first course meeting on Friday Sept. 2, 13.00-16.00. Otherwise Wednesdays 15.00-17.00 from Sept. 7 until Dec. 7, with the following exceptions: no class on Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Nov. 30. Whole day class on Oct. 26, 10.00-17.00.
    This course runs during the entire semester.
    Coordinator: Philip Geister

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