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Teaching religion as change for social transformation in contemporary African and non-African universities: a South African manifesto

Corneliu C. Simut
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 79, No 2 | a8169 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v79i2.8169 | © 2023 Corneliu C. Simut | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 September 2022 | Published: 12 June 2023

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Corneliu C. Simut, Department of Historical and Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

This article is a research report on the international colloquium entitled ‘Re-Imagining Curricula for a Just University in a Vibrant Democracy’, hosted by the University of Pretoria in 2017 to address a series of prospective changes in religious studies curricula in African and non-African universities. Anchored in the principles of the Draft Framework Document, a South African manifesto authored by a team of specialists from the University of Pretoria advocating educational reform in the field of religion, the colloquium debated the necessity of curricular change from the perspective of ecodomy, seen as a constructive attempt to modify university curricula to include relevant approaches to religion. Consequently, the discussions revolved around the idea of ‘ecodomical change’ as a socially transformative step towards achieving community development in tertiary education religious institutions.

Contribution: This article, however, focused on the Draft Framework Document and its distinctive contribution to the pedagogy of theology and religious studies within the University of Pretoria.


Keywords

University; education; ecodomy; change; society; development; Africa; teaching.

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