What is the course about?
The beginnings of the modern British missionary movement and the consequent expansion of Christianity in Africa and elsewhere were concurrent with but not necessarily always connected/in harmony with the growth of the British Empire. The course explores the rise and role of Christian missions in this period both in terms of the home front (recruitment, funding; missionary sermons/teas) and in the field. The changing nature of Christian missions and the various reactions/motives of those they sought to convert are also considered. Controversies for both missionaries and would-be converts arising from a ‘clash of civilisations’ and the role which women played (notably zenana missions) also feature.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Christianity as a missionary religion and pre-19th century constraints
Home and away: the origins, development and nature of the British missionary movement, 1799-1914
Dr Livingstone’s presumptions: the relationship between missionary activity, commerce, culture and imperial expansion
Missionaries, education and medicine
Women overseas missionaries, 1800-1914
Things fall apart: questioning the missionary position in the later 19th and early 20th centuries.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Christianity as a missionary religion and pre-19th century constraints/outlooks which affected this; the origins, development and nature of the British missionary movement 1799-1914 including home support and missionary engagements when on furlough; the relationship between missionary activity, commerce, culture and imperial expansion with particular reference to Dr Livingstone; missionaries, education and medicine; women overseas missionaries, 1800-1914; varying indigenous responses to mission and missionaries’ concerns in the field in these years.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course. No previous knowledge is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be delivered through a mixture of formal input and discussion with student participation encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs; requisites for optional note taking.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Check our website at www.citylit.ac.uk for more details of upcoming courses in religion and belief.