Jesus Christ in the Asian Context (DM9710A)

jesus christ asian context

Semester: 2, 2022 (25 Jul – 28 Oct)

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Campus: N/A

Mode: Online

Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Credit: 24

Census: 16 Aug 2022

13 weekly sessions offered in asynchronous and synchronous modes combining live and pre-recorded lectures, group discussions, readings and online forums

This unit seeks to critically examine the Christological developments in the Asian context. Primarily, it aims to demonstrate ‘who is Jesus Christ’ for the people in the multi-faceted context of Asia. It will critically analyse the Asian social realities, namely religious, ethnic, cultural, gender, and economic phenomena, to recognise ‘Christ’s social face’ that emerged in this context. Most relevantly, the unit will critically deliberate the indigenous expressions of Christology to understand the methodological nuances of ‘theology from below’ in contrast to ‘theology from above.’ It will also evaluate the earliest traits of Christological presence in Asia and its scope of perceiving the idea of Christ ‘from below’ to be able to score the attention for a critical conversation through various contextual theological methodologies. All the above discussions will have a flavour of Christian mission in the Asian context.

Learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the theological challenges in Asia
  • Discuss the theology of Jesus Christ in the Asian context
  • Demonstrate a critical capacity for engaging with methods of Christological thinking
  • Critically evaluate the social significance of Christology for specific contexts of social marginality and vulnerability
  • Analyse Christology from mission-focused theological perspectives
  • Demonstrate the capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner
Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written assessment Essay 3,000 40
Written assessment Essay 4,000 60

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