OPEN SEP 07, 2020 – NOV 11, 2020 550 $
Political Systems
Every Christian is also a citizen of his or her society and nation. The New Testament contains the command to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to be subject to the civil authorities. At the same time, Christians are also subject to the command to obey God more than man and not to become one with the world. It is within this tension that Christian existence has to be worked out.
On the one hand, this course offers an overview of the political system of the United States. This includes significant events from the political history of the country as well as current issues on the political landscape. On the other hand, the course examines the unique position of Christians and also the Church, as it stands over against political and societal institutions.
TIME COMMITMENT6 HOURS PER WEEK
DURATION8 WEEKS + RESEARCH
PACETUTOR GUIDED
MODULSKILLS
COURSE LANGUAGEENGLISH
VIDEO TRANSCRIPTAVAILABLE IN ENGLISH
DIFFICULTYINTERMEDIATE
CREDIT HOURS2
TOTAL TIME40 HOURS IN TOTAL INCL. LECTURE AND RESEARCH

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What you´ll learn

Political Systems: Interaction of politics and faith
Every Christian is also a citizen of his or her society and nation. The New Testament contains the command to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to be subject to the civil authorities. At the same time, Christians are also subject to the command to obey God more than man and not to become one with the world. It is within this tension that Christian existence has to be worked out.
On the one hand, this course offers an overview of the political system of the United States. This includes significant events from the political history of the country as well as current issues on the political landscape. On the other hand, the course examines the unique position of Christians and also the Church, as it stands over against political and societal institutions.

Course Goals

  • The student summarizes key events in the creation of the United States.
  • The student describes key issues in the contemporary political landscape of the country.
  • The student develops theological positions concerning the relationship between the Church and the state.
  • The student articulates possibilities of political engagement in the contemporary culture.

Acquired Skills

  • Analyzing political developments and decisions.
  • Applying Christian perspective and discernment to political developments.
  • Engaging politically following the model of Jesus Christ.
OPEN SEP 07, 2020 – NOV 11, 2020
550 $

Contents of the course in detail

Political Systems: Interaction of politics and faith
  • Key historical foundations of the United States
  • The constitutional political system of the United States
  • The interaction of faith/church and political engagement
  • Political engagement from a Christian perspective

Faculty

To be announced

Final exam

Online test

Evaluation and Grading

Midterm examination, primarily historical (35%).
Term paper: analysis, exegesis, and initiative of one political issue (35%).
Final essay examination (30%).

Preparatory tasks for the students

Required reading (20 hours).

Proof of achievement

to be announced

Required Reading

To be announced.

Additional Bibliography

To be announced.