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Christian Mission and Ministry Degree Modules for BA in Biblical and Intercultural Studies

Level 6 modules (final year)

In the second year of your mission and ministry degree, you can begin to specialise in the areas that interest you. In the third year, it’s time to take things a step further.

There are just three core modules, collectively worth 50 credits/25 ECTS. To complete your BA degree, you need to take a selection of optional modules to make up the remaining 70 credits/35 ECTS.

Four groups of optional specialist modules are listed below the three compulsory modules. You must select from more than one specialism, and include at least one module from the Theology and Ministry group.

The final year’s three compulsory Level 6 modules

Explore the compulsory Level 6 modules below

10 credits/5 ECTS

The three-year degree course in mission and ministry aims at developing your spiritual and personal development throughout. In your final year, it focuses on increasing your practical knowledge and ability to work in potentially challenging environments. This module covers:

  • Reducing personal vulnerability in ministry.

  • Building resilience in high-risk scenarios where suffering and persecution are likely.

  • Continuing to nurture your own spiritual and personal development, especially when living in a difficult or dangerous environment.

10 credits/5 ECTS

This module continues to build skills that will be essential in the cross-cultural ministry workplace. Your final year’s ministry placement, will give you the opportunity to analyse the environment and identify new, innovative approaches that provide solutions to problems or weaknesses.

The coursework is a report that describes what you have learned.

30 credits/15 ECTS

You can choose between writing a paper or producing an extended arts project.

If you opt to complete the module as a dissertation of 6,000–7,000 words, you will be able to further explore your chosen topic (this must relate to the specialist areas you have studied).  

Alternatively, you could showcase your practice-based research skills in an arts based project. This could involve:

 a) creating a substantial piece of art, including a presentation and written report on the research behind it

or

b) writing an essay exploring a specialist area of art that you have covered during your degree.

The final year’s three Level 6 optional modules

The evolution of these modules is student-led, to help optimise the modules’ relevance and usefulness, this can also mean that some less popular modules are not available every year, but we will do our utmost to accommodate your wishes.

Elective specialisms and their modular options:

Explore the elective specialisms and their modular options below.

  • Biblical Hebrew or New Testament Greek

  • Contemporary Apologetics and Evangelism

  • Isaiah

  • Johannine Literature

  • New Testament Theology

  • Old Testament Theology

  • Issues in Theology and Ethics

  • Advanced Mission Studies

  • Church Planting and Discipleship

  • Contemporary Islam

  • Intercultural Team Leadership

  • Religion and Society

  • Global Migration and Diaspora Studies

  • Global Peace and Justice Studies

  • Vulnerability and Resilience

  • Arts, Culture and Identity

  • Music and Global Worship

  • Performing Arts in Community

Modules within the Theology and Ministry specialism

Explore Level 6 modules with the Theology and Ministry specialism.

10 or 20 credits/5 or 10 ECTS (depending on the duration of study and exams passed)

Our lecturers discourage students from taking New Testament Greek and Biblical Hebrew in the same year. So, if you chose to study Biblical Hebrew in your second year (Level 5), you can – if you like – take the New Testament Greek module in your final year. This provides a comprehensive introduction to New Testament Greek, which is vital in many ministries. You will learn a basic vocabulary, along with syntax and grammatical rules.

By the end of the module, you will be able to translate sentences from the New Testament, and when you graduate you will have mastered a useful working vocabulary.

10 or 20 credits/5 or 10 ECTS (depending on the duration of study and exams passed)

Our lecturers advise students not to try to study the New Testament Greek and Biblical Hebrew modules simultaneously. So if you took New Testament Greek in your second year (Level 5), you can – if you like – study Biblical Hebrew in your final year.

This is a fascinating alternative module to New Testament Greek that introduces you to a whole new world of thinking. By the end of it, you will be able to read and understand basic texts written in biblical Hebrew.

10 credits/5 ECTS

This module prepares you to engage with people who are not Christians, and help them understand the relevance of your faith. Subjects covered include:

  • The meaning of apologetics

  • The impact of contemporary culture on evangelism

  • The future of evangelism

  • Apologetics in Christian mission

  • Engaging with science

  • Making sense of suffering

  • Relating to other religions

  • Negotiating in a post-modern context.

10 credits/5 ECTS

This module will teach you to use biblical texts in a way that is faithful to their original intended meaning, and apply them in contemporary churches and the modern world. In it you will learn, practise and refine analytical and evaluative skills, look at the issues raised, and discuss their implications for Christian ministry and mission.

10 credits/5 ECTS

In this module you will delve into Johannine literature, otherwise known as John 1, 2 and 3 and the book of Revelation. This module will improve your understanding of John’s theology and concepts.

You will analyse key texts against their literary, historical and theological contexts. By the end of this module you will have refined your analytical and evaluative skills, be prepared to engage with contemporary scholars, and able to consider the implications of issues raised in Johannine literature on your ministry and the mission field.

10 credits/5 ECTS

This module brings together the theology behind the Epistles and Revelation, paying particular attention to Pauline theology. It also covers other New Testament writers, including their letters, in the context of that period.

You will learn about the relevance of this theology in today’s Christian mission and ministry environments.

10 credits/5 ECTS

This module guides you through theological reflection on key themes of the Old Testament, against the backdrop of life during that time in history. Learning points are discussed in the context of today’s Christian ministry and mission environments, to see how they apply.

You will learn about different approaches to Old Testament theology, including key topics such as:

  • Creation

  • Election and covenant

  • Law

  • Sacrifice

  • Land

  • Eschatology and life after death

  • The uniqueness of God

  • Mission

  • The relationship between the Old and New Testaments.

10 credits/5 ECTS

This module gives you a deep insight into how ‘ethics’ is sometimes defined by Christians in narrow terms relating to their own beliefs and environment – but the module reminds us that we live in an interconnected, diverse world.

You will learn about ethics from a broad perspective, including public theology, practical theology and the theologies of liberation. Studying this topic teaches you some practical and appropriate responses to theological questions you could be asked in the future.

It also covers the use and abuse of power, paying particular attention to voices from the Global South.

10 credits/5 ECTS

This module is 100% coursework-assessed, so it does not involve attending lectures or sitting examinations. It is an opportunity to carry out research and write about your chosen religion, traditional Christian denomination or church, or about a cross-cultural mission topic.

Your paper should be 2,500–3,000 words long and should showcase your analytical and descriptive writing skills.

10 credits/5 ECTS

This module will teach you how to plant churches in different cultural settings, contributing to the development of churches that will nurture disciples for the modern world.

You will focus on working within the requirements of different cultural and religious settings. You will study discipleship through a theological and cultural lens, relating it to spirituality within and beyond the church.

10 credits/5 ECTS

This module looks at current trends and movements in Islam. It examines primary texts to emphasise the origin and lines of reasoning among Islamic thinkers, painting a broad picture of various political systems and analysing current affairs. Consideration is given to the implications of this diversity for engagement with Muslims.

10 credits/5 ECTS

If you believe that you will be leading a team in the future, this module is for you! It equips you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to be a better leader and an effective team member in cross-cultural and multicultural environments. It includes:

  • The characteristics of functional teams and the role of the leader

  • Team growth stages

  • Understanding team roles (including Belbin team roles)

  • Cultural variables

  • Dynamics of multicultural teams and implications for leaders

  • Working for leaders from other cultures

  • Biblical models and examples of leadership

  • Building trust within the team

  • Vision and strategy

  • Decision-making

  • Managing conflict and criticism

  • Team building

  • Time management

10 credits/5 ECTS

This module increases your knowledge of theories and approaches that interest sociologists working in and around religion. It covers Marx, Durkheim and Weber, then moves on to  contemporary religious debates. Topics include:

  • The retreat and resurgence of religion

  • Charisma and religious authority

  • Fundamentalism and religious revival

  • New religious movements

  • Government responses to things such as religious pluralism and intolerance.

Modules within the Poverty and Justice specialism

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10 credits/5 ECTS

This module teaches you about the complexities of contemporary migration, and guides you through some appropriate missional responses. It helps you to  understand diaspora communities through theological, biblical, anthropological and missiological reflection.

This prepares you to consider the establishment and development of global Christian diaspora communities and their multicultural churches later in the module.

10 credits/5 ECTS

This gives you a thorough understanding of current global inequality, its root causes, the factors that sustain it and its global impacts. It includes biblical perspectives on human rights issues and Christian approaches to conflicts and the role of building peace.

Learning about biblical and secular theories will give you strategies to usefully and constructively engage in debate on these issues.

10 credits/5 ECTS

This module equips you to work in areas that have suffered disasters and conflict, and to work with the poor and vulnerable to help them build long-term capacity and resilience. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the concepts of vulnerability and resilience

  • Gender issues

  • Working with children, young people and vulnerable adults

  • Disability and discrimination

  • Working in disaster areas

  • Building peace in conflict zones

  • Using the arts in trauma recovery

Modules within the Poverty and Justice specialism

Explore modules within the poverty and justice specialism below.

10 credits/5 ECTS

You will learn and refine skills in interpreting and analysing different art forms, to help you apply these sensitively in cross-cultural mission settings. By the end of this module you will have explored how cultural identity is expressed through artistic communication.

Topics covered include:

  • The arts and cultural restoration

  • Cultural and artistic events

  • Visualising and constructing gender identity through movies

  • Expressing cultural identity through drama and dance

  • Expressing cultural identity through music.

10 credits/5 ECTS

Music is universal and in worship can bring people together, no matter their background of language. If you are interested in music and worship from different cultures and how you can apply this to your Christian ministry or mission in the future, this course is ideal. It includes:

  • Learning non-Western musical instruments

  • Song-writing workshops

  • World music

  • Instrumental groups.

This module covers the background to ethnomusicology (music from different cultures), fieldwork, methodology and a range of core skills that can be applied in a variety of scenarios.

10 credits/5 ECTS

This module equips you with the communication, creative and organisational skills needed to run performing arts workshops for a range of audiences. It is a hands-on, practical course during which you will create and deliver a variety of performing arts workshops for different purposes.

You will prepare, deliver and evaluate your own material. You will also learn about performance art and teaching, to help with wider issues relating to personal and social development, and the benefits of participation.

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