Faith and Globalisation
Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki
This course is designed for students interested in the aformentioned issues of faith and globalisation from the perspectives of, for example, religious studies / theology, political philosophy, international relations, sociology, history (of ideas), intercultural studies or the ethics of human development. The course is recommended for students in their 3rd year or beyond.
This Helsinki Summer School course addresses some of the key issues of religion and violence as well as religiously inspired ethics in the face of secular modernity and globalisation. It is designed to equip its participants with (1) a basic understanding of some of the major historical paradigms of tolerance, violence and dialogical justice across cultural spheres and (2) preliminary abilities to take part in the real-life discussion of faith-related conflicts and ethics in our global age. The second aim of the course is pursued particularly through two symposia, an open symposium (selectively) and an internal one. Through writing their course essays as well as through delivering their own presentations and discussing them, the students will be supported to grow towards expertise in the field of religion, conflicts and dialogical justice.
After taking the course, the students can understand some of the major historical paradigms of tolerance, violence and dialogical justice across cultural spheres and they have preliminary abilities to take part in the real-life discussion of faith-related conflicts and ethics in our global age.
Course format and teaching methods
The course consists of lectures, readings, presentations, essays, discussion and reflection. The lectures and the discussions during the first and second week will prepare the students to take actively part in the teaching events during the last week with the guest lecturers. Some of the more progressive students will be invited to have their presentations in the Open Symposium that will be open to the public, and the others will present in the internal symposium.
Means and criteria of assessment
Grading scale: 5 = excellent 4 = very good 3 = good 2 = average 1 = poor 0 = fail.
Assessment is based on:
- Participation during lectures (taking into account the pre-readings) and in-class assignments (30 %)
- Presentation in the internal or the open symposium (35 %)
- Course essay (35 %)