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Cursus: T-V-CSS
Christian Social Service in Europe
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
CategorieM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorProtestantse Theologische Universiteit; PThU vestiging Amsterdam;
Contactpersoondrs. T. Tromp
P.E.M. Meijers
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
drs. T. Tromp
Overige cursussen docent
drs. T. Tromp
Overige cursussen docent
2  (15-11-2021 t/m 05-02-2022)
Voltijd + Deeltijd
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 01-07-2021 t/m 24-10-2021
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
  • Student is able to motivate her or his choice for this seminar as part of her or his personal learning objectives  
  • Student can explain the significant theological perspectives of diakonia as a contextual and inclusive practice.         
  • Student is able to recognize and evaluate the tensions that can occur between a diaconal perspectives and perspectives of governments, churches, public health service, NGO’s and funding bodies, with regard to the specific societal configuration in different European countries 
  • Student is able to describe in an actual diaconal project the relationships between the diaconal actors (a local church or a diaconal organisation) on the one hand, and on the other hand governments, governmental organisations, care organisations, NGO’s, and funding bodies, and to give constructive advice to sustain, improve or expand forms of cooperation.
  • Student is able to recognise and analyse dilemmas and tensions in an actual practice significant to the identity of diaconate, from the perspectives of socially vulnerable people in marginalized positions
  • Student is able to recognise the power dynamics in diaconal practices, to reflect on them from a diaconale perspective, and to give recommendations to foster the dignity, equality and reciprocity and other essential diaconal values.
  • Student is able to transform critical insights into a contribution to a public discussion on a current issue.
  • Student is able to critically appreciate her or his role and position as theologian within a diaconal context, with regard to autobiographical aspects like experiences with exclusions, privileges, and relations of power.
  • evalueren, in relatie tot autobiografische aspecten zoals ervaringen met uitsluiting, privileges en machtsrelaties.
This seminar is about diaconal work in Europe, i.e. faith based work for social justice, social care and inclusion for all people, especially for people in the most vulnerable situations in society.  “All Christian diakonia is meant to create a space for new breathing, for liberation, for dignity and for comfort which allows for the regenerating of life.” In Europe, diaconal work, often referred to as Christian Social Work, used to have a close relationship with churches and ecclesiastical practices. In recent decades most of these Christian inspired activities and organisations developed themselves as (semi-)independent NGO’s, still motivated by the same mission of enhancing human dignity, initiating and supporting actions that contribute to social justice and inclusion. Diaconal services in various European countries show remarkable differences in shape, expression, financial resources, and in their relation to church, state and other NGO’s. This seminar focuses on the identity of Diakonia as a contextual practice. It includes the following topics: 1) theological foundations and outlooks on Diakonia in Europe, 2) the position of diaconal work in society and 3) the ethics of the diaconal practice with an emphasis on the dynamics of power within relations of care.

- Literature study on diakonia in several European countries
- Contribution of international guest lecturers on diaconal studies
- Visit to a diaconal organisation / project
- Description and analysis of a specific diaconal project of the student's choice, using observations, interviews, and document analysis and providing some advice to sustain or improve this project.
- Public contribution to the discussion of a current issue
- Personal reflection on the student's own role as a theologian in a diaconal context.
International students (with academic bachelor or equivalent) are most welcome, since all participants will be invited to reflect on European diaconal practices from their own context and experience.
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
Total: 210 hours (7,5 ECTS)
Devided over:
- Motivational letter 4 hrs
- Classes (7 x 6) 42 hrs
- Literature 60 hrs = ca. 300 pages
- Visiting a diaconal organization 6 hrs
- Diaconal practice in an European country 20 hrs
- Case study 58 hrs
- Opinion piece 8 hrs
- Reflective report 4 hrs
- Completing portfolio 8 hrs
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Verplicht materiaal
Dietrich, S., Jørgensen, K., Korslien, K. K., & Nordstokke, K. (Red.). (2019). The diaconal church. Oxford: Regnum Books International.
Eurich, J. (2020). The church and diaconia as local partners in the social space: Challenges and opportunities. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 76(2).[open source}
Lob-Hüdepohl, A. (2015). A New Demand: The Challenge of Inclusion to the Theology and Practice of Diaconia. Diakonia, 6(1). doi/10.13109/diac.2015.6.1.17
Erica Meijers and Heather Roy, ‘Reformulating Diaconia in Western Europe: New Approaches and Theological Challenges’, in: International Handbook Diaconia, WCC-publication 2021.
Aanbevolen materiaal
Dietrich, S., Jørgensen, K., Korslien, K. K., & Nordstokke, K. (Red.). (2014). Diakonia as Christian social practice. An introduction. Oxford: Regnum Books International.

Visit to a diaconal organisation/project.
80% precence is required for the lectures and the excursion.

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten


80% precence is required for the lectures and the excursion.

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten

Individuele opdracht

Reflective report.

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Capita selecta from diaconal literature in Europe.

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Description and practical-theological analysis of a diaconal project.

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Minimum cijfer5,5

Paper & portfolio (each 50%, each minimum grade 5,5).
The paper is the report of a case study and contains both a description of a diaconal project of a diaconal organization or a local church, and a practical theological analysis of the case, conducted from the perspective of diaconal values and principles.
Portfolio includes:
- A motivational letter
- Three reading reports or reports of a the lecture of a guest lecturer
- An opinion piece for a newspaper, blog or similar
- A reflective report

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