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Global Christianity


Admission requirements

Students in the BA Religiewetenschappen must have completed ‘Christendom: de Basics’ (Christianity: the Basics).


In 1900, Christianity was primarily a Western religion, with over 80 percent of Christians living in Europe or North America. Today, however, Christianity is a truly global religion, with over 60 percent of Christians living in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. The course will introduce students to this seismic shift and help develop a broad competence and understanding of Christianity as a diverse, polycentric, and lived religion that spans the globe and remains highly influential in the twenty-first century.

Alongside a regional survey and analysis of Christianity throughout the globe, the course is enriched with detailed case studies from each region, providing an in-depth and textured understanding of the processes, patterns, and impact of localised expressions of Christianity. The course will also engage the following prominent issues and concepts: secularisation, globalisation, post-colonialism, transnationalism, migration, ethnicity, race, violence, sexuality, and gender. Given the interdisciplinary nature of global Christianity, multiple methodological disciplines and theoretical approaches will be explored, including anthropology, sociology, history, economics, and political science.

Course objectives

Each student who completes the course will:

  • Develop a broad competence and understanding of Christianity as a diverse, polycentric, and lived religion in the following cultural regions: Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central and South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Oceania.

  • Develop an interdisciplinary approach to Global Christianity that takes into account anthropological, sociological, historical, economical, and political methods and theories.

  • Acquire a factual knowledge of the four major traditions of Christianity: Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Pentecostal/Charismatic.

  • Be able to explain the major trends and future trajectory of Christianity as a global religion.

Transferable Skills:

  • Develop interdisciplinary skills by critically combining anthropological, sociological, historical, economical, and political methods and theories.

  • Develop critical skills of analysing complex global patterns by using qualitative and quantitative data and comparing the data with prominent theories (e.g. globalisation, urbanisation, feminist, postcolonial, etc.).

  • Develop written communication skills such as writing reports and short essay responses.

  • Gain basic practical fieldwork skills such as: ‘gaining access’ to communities, taking fieldnotes, and conducting informal interviews.

Timetable This will be completed by the Administration

The timetable is available on the [Name programme website](URL Roosterpagina opleiding)

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total Course Load: 5EC’s x 28 hours = 140 hours

  • Attending class sessions: 13 sessions x 2 hours = 26 hours

  • Reading assigned texts: c. 375 pages at 7 pages/hour = 54 hours

  • Field visits and field reports = 30 hours

  • Preparing for exam: 30 hours

Assessment method

The final mark will be determined as a weighted average of two marks:
1. Field Visits and Field Reports: 40%
2. Exam with a combination of closed questions, short open questions, and essay questions: 60%
NOTE: to pass the course, students must score at least a 4 on each assignment and a minimum weighted average of 5.5 for the final grade.
RESIT: students who have participated in all elements of the course, but scored an overall insufficient mark are entitled to a resit. For the field reports, students will be given a chance to hand in new versions. For the exam, students will be given a chance to resit the exam.


The course makes use of Blackboard in the following ways: (1) all communication will take place via Blackboard; (2) additional information about the course will be available via Blackboard; and (3) assignments must be submitted via Blackboard.

Reading list

Charles E. Farhadian, ed. Introducing World Christianity (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
Introducing World Christianity will be the primary textbook used for the course and is available as an e-book via the university library catalogue. Additional readings will be made available via Blackboard.

Registration This will be completed by the Administration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Contact Please Please fill in the the URL of your Staff Page

Dr. C.L. Williams


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