n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - 'Finding a place under the African sun'
The search for new identities in post-colonial (Southern) Africa evidenced in students' writing in the Missiology course, at Unisa

Volume 37, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The Department of Missiology at the University of South Africa (Unisa) developed a course entitled Christian Action for Anti-Racism and Reconciliation in the late 1990s, under the leadership of Klippies Kritzinger. Initially the course was aimed at South African students, who had just emerged from the institutionalised racism of apartheid and colonialism. Recently students from other parts of Africa have enrolled for the course. They reflect on their struggles against racism and xenophobia. In this contribution I describe and reflect on the design of the course, I analyze a selection of portfolios submitted by students, and on that basis and critically evaluate the course in the context of 1) the current 'race discourse' in an emerging post-colonial Southern African society and economy and 2) a globally networked society in which the quest for social identity has become a primary missional imperative. I provide suggestions for the re-design of this course.

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