Online Graduate Course

TSI has developed and successfully launched graduate-level online course on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa. The semester long course begun on 10th September and will end on 10th December 2021. The course is taught by the Director of TSI and has twenty-four (24) Christian and Muslim participants from different countries. The next course titled “Theological Survey of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa” will be rolled out in January 2022.  

Course Description
The course will introduce participants to the development of Islamic religious thought and practice. It will survey the major doctrines and rituals that shape the Islamic faith. Particular attention will be paid to the theological significance of Muhammad to Muslims, scripture and revelation in Islam, and Christian approaches to these. Questions and topics such as “Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?”, Muhammad and the Christian, Jesus and the Muslim, Law in Islam and Christianity, family and gender issues, etc. shall be covered in the course.  Intentional efforts will be made to relate all the issues and topics to the African experience. The course aims to equip participants to better understand Islamic theology as well as inform a meaningful Muslim-Christian engagement in Africa. 

Course Format:
This is a one semester, 3-Credit Hour ONLINE COURSE with all course materials, outlines and assignments hosted on CANVAS. Lectures will be entirely conducted via zoom in a weekly two-hourly sessions with breaks in-between over 12-weeks period. There are assigned readings for each lesson which will be posted on the Canvas learning platform and participants are strongly encouraged to read these in advance for each session. The sessions will generally be conducted in lecture style and group discussions employing such media as power point presentation, YouTube clips etc. Assignments will consist of short review essays, discussion forums, and a final paper all to be submitted via Canvas. Check Canvas for details of topics and due dates. This course is set up as a graduate level course but can be taken by undergraduates. It can be taken for academic credit which includes submitting all the assignments for grading or audited which does not involve assignments.

Course Requirement:
This course is set up as a 3-CREDIT HOUR course. Participants can take the course for credit or audit the course for a certificate of participation from The Sanneh Institute. To receive credit for the course, participants MUST complete all the assignments and keep to all required components of the course. Auditors are not required to complete the assignments but should not miss more than two sessions, actively participate in class and demonstrate engagement of the assigned texts to earn a TSI certificate of participation. To successfully complete this course, participants must:

  • Attend all class sessions. Missing two class sessions will attract grade points deductions and missing more than two sessions will amount to automatic failure
  • Complete all assigned readings and assignments
  • Participate substantively and meaningfully in class and online discussions
  • Complete all assignments and meet the criteria identified for each assignment
  • Complete and submit all work by the published deadlines

Interested parties should email Emmanuel Kwame Tettey, tetteye@tsinet.org for the syllabus and other details.