Ethnographic Approaches to Theology

College Emmanuel College
Instructor(s) Wigg-Stevenson, Natalie
Course Code EMT5010HF
Semester First Semester
Section 0101
Online No
Credits One Credit
Location Toronto (St George Campus)

The cross-disciplinary migration of ethnography - or, more broadly, qualitative methods (QR) - has called not just for its application to, or even, integration with the various academic fields in which it lands. Rather, each discipline needs to reinvent and reimagine qualitative approaches in light of the nature, goals and norma of their own scholarly communities. Theology - where ethnographic approaches are increasingly being used - is not exempt from this need. While the sub-fields of Practical Theology and Ethics are best known for their use of ethnographic approaches to the theological disciplines, other sub-fields (e.g., Constructive/Systematics, Biblical studies, Digital Studies and more) have recently followed suit. Tobust conversations at these inter-disciplinary intersections are developing complex ways for arranging myriad vectors of knowledge production that contribute to a theological project. This course is designed for AD theology students (all research areas) intending to use ethnography or QR in their thesis projects. While exploring some of the QR methods most used by theologians, its man purpose is to engage with the core theological questions associated with the use of QR for theological purposes, including, but not limited to: reflexivity, normativity and representation. Ths course will be offered in a primarily asynchronous mode, with 4 synchronous meetings acheduled over the course of the semester.

Pre-Requisites Basic courses in Christian theology.
Schedule Tue
Start Time 10:00
End Time 12:00
Hours Per Week 2
Minimum Enrolment 5
Maximum Enrolment 10
Program Requirement This course would meet the program requirement of a Methods course for the PhD.
Additional Notes

Additional Evaluation: Annotated Bibliography.

Teaching Method
Means of Evaluation
Class Participation
Reflection Paper
Research Paper
Previously Offered Winter 2021
Currently Offered Fall 2023