History of Christianity, The Early Church, advanced course, 15 credits

Kristendomens historia, fornkyrkan, avancerad kurs, 15 hp


Main field of study

Religious Studies

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Kjell O Lejon, Tomas Widholm

Course coordinator

Kjell O Lejon

Director of studies or equivalent

Kjell O Lejon


ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (Half-time, Mixed-time) Autumn 2023 202334-202403 Swedish Distance

Main field of study

Religious Studies

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

  • At least 7.5 ECTS credits approved in the History of Christianity, in depth course
  • English and Swedish corresponding to the level of English and Swedish in Swedish upper secondary education (Engelska 6 and Svenska 3)

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- account for and critically review scientific theoretical and methodological problems linked to the first centuries of the Christian church
- account for main features in the historical development during the earliest centuries of the Christian church
- independently analyse, orally and in written form present and discuss chosen specialities in the first centuries of the Christian church.

Course content

The course mainly consists of independent studies. Support in the form of supervision will also be included. Since the student chooses the reading list, which, however, should be approved by the coordinator, the emphasis of the course contents may differ. The contents are based on a reading list of high scholarly quality, such as theses and comment literature, as well as source materials. The reading list should be presented both in writing and orally.

Teaching and working methods

The teaching takes the form of supervision and examination talks. The student mainly works with literature studies and writing independently.


The course is examined through written assignments and oral examination. Detailed information can be found in the study guide.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för kultur och samhälle
Code Name Scope Grading scale
EXAM Examination 15 credits U, G, VG
Litteraturlista finns under Övriga dokument

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