History of Christianity, Thesis, in-depth course, 15 credits

Kristendomens historia uppsats, fördjupningskurs, 15 hp


Main field of study

Religious Studies

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Carl-Magnus Carlstein

Director of studies or equivalent

Carl-Magnus Carlstein


ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Spring 2025 202514-202523 Swedish Linköping, Valla

Main field of study

Religious Studies

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

  • Religious Studies - History of Christianity, in-depth course, or equivalent, with at least 7.5 ECTS credits passed

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to: account for a chosen specialisation in the history of Christianity, - formulate an issue in the field of the history of Christianity and independently examine it in the form of an essay by means of the theory and method traditions of the discipline, - with a qualified approach, systematise, compile and critically review, and interpret information and present the work process and conclusions of an issue in the form of a thesis, - analyse and evaluate others' scholarly work, - with a qualified academic approach, relate to church historical events and issues through critical and objective oral and written presentation.

Course content

The course comprises independent examination of an issue in the form of a thesis, based on the theory and method traditions of Christian history; presentation and review of thesis/theses.

Teaching and working methods

Independent thesis work; compulsory seminars; written and oral presentation; public discussion. All students are expected to participate actively and constructively in seminars, etcetera, through solid preparations for them. The thesis work is followed by a supervisor. The students should also study independently.


The course is examined through compulsory seminars, as well as oral presentation and review of another essay. Active individual oral participation in the seminars is required to pass the course.

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
OPPO Opponent 0 credits D
RESP Respondent 0 credits D
UPP1 Thesis 15 credits U, G, VG
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