Level 4 Modules

All level 4 modules are compulsory for Certificate, Diploma and BA (3 year) students. Students taking the 2 year Degree Programme start their studies at Level 5. Students taking the 1 year Degree Programme start their studies at Level 6.

Integral Mission Foundations and Practice (with creative evangelism) (25 Credits 12.5 ECTS)

This module provides a biblical and theological foundation for an integral or holistic approach to mission and then examines how this is worked out in practice. The module gives an introduction to evangelism, church planting, discipleship, creation care and compassion and justice aspects of Integral mission, and explores how the outworking of these in practice depends on calling and context. This large module also provides the student with the opportunity to conduct research into a specific area relating to Integral Mission which is of interest to the student.

Interpersonal Skills (10 Credits 5 ECTS)

This module aims to increase understanding and practical skills in regard to the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, particularly for team work situations. The module is delivered within a framework of building intercultural competence. Additionally, the module examines interpersonal and intercultural aspects of communication. Students will be given the opportunity to interact with a variety of communication forms within a Christian framework and practice public speaking skills for specific audiences. 

Introduction to Christian Theology (with music and worship) (15 Credits 7.5 ECTS)

This module is an introduction to the biblical foundations of Christian theology and helps students to explore ways in which this has been and can be applied into contemporary life and different contexts. It introduces a variety of worship styles and enables the students to develop an appreciation of the history and practice of worship. Topics explored will include: Doctrine of God and the Trinity, Christology, Doctrine of humanity and sin, Soteriology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology as well as introducing theological reflection and the Biblical foundations, history and practice of worship.

Introduction to Culture and Religion (15 Credits 7.5 ECTS)

The world has become a ‘global village’ and wherever our graduates go in the world they will meet people from a multitude of cultures and faiths. This module integrates cultural orientation with understanding the world religions as a basis for understanding the global context. In order
to communicate and work effectively with others it is necessary to be familiar with the basic teachings and rituals of their religious traditions and to develop cultural sensitivity that is essential for successful cross cultural work, whether that is in secular employment, NGO’s or more traditional mission and church work. Successful completion of a project may depend more on the cross cultural and personal skills of the worker than on technical knowledge. For this reason this module is aimed at raising cultural awareness and an appreciation of other faiths, and the opportunity to develop cultural sensitivity. Students will therefore be taught to: recognise the symptoms of culture shock and therefore be more able to adapt to the new context; develop attitudes of cultural sensitivity, empathy and respect for the other, understand the need for, and also to be willing to give the time to, the study of the culture before beginning any work in it; and understand the broad background of the world’s major religious traditions, but with the opportunity to investigate one at a deeper level.

Ministry Placement (10 Credits 5 ECTS)

This is a practical module which places the student in cross-cultural ministry setting throughout the year. This may be church based or with a community based project. In providing regular experience of supervised practical ministry, the module enables the student to apply classroom based learning, to experience the dynamics of working under supervision in a multi-cultural context and to identify and develop personal gifts and skills as part of a team. At this level, students will also identify principles and concepts underlying the organisational framework of the ministry/church they work with and will assess the strengths and weaknesses of that church/organisation. They will seek to develop an ability to communicate in a multi-cultural context in order to clarify roles and responsibilities and to resolve misunderstandings. Students will need to provide evidence of learning in the form of written reports.

New Testament and Mission (10 Credits 5 ECTS)

This module aims to build a confident understanding of the New Testament and its relation to mission. The module will focus on the overall story of God’s mission in the New Testament from the birth of Jesus to the end of the first century AD. There will be a brief introduction to the principal types of New Testament literature and their main characteristics, including history, letters, and prophecy. Each book will then be introduced in its historical and literary context. Students will be taught to interpret passages in their original context as well as considering their significance today. Selected texts will be studied in greater depth, with a focus on missional themes and issues. 

Old Testament and Mission (15 Credits 7.5 ECTS)

This module aims to build a confident understanding of the Old Testament and its relation to mission. The module will focus on the overall story of God’s mission in the Old Testament from creation to the intertestamental period, paying particular attention to key event-complexes, such as the patriarchs, exodus and conquest, rise and fall of the kingdom, and exile and restoration. There will be a brief introduction to the principal types of Old Testament literature and their main characteristics, including law, history, poetry, and prophecy. Examples of exegesis will be included, showing how one might move from text to application and communication, with a focus on missional themes and issues. 

Personal and Spiritual Formation (10 Credits 5 ECTS)

One of the main aims of the undergraduate program is to facilitate spiritual formation through a process which fosters spiritual maturity and personal development. For this reason, there is a Personal & Spiritual Formation module at every level of study. At level 4, the module aims to help students to develop a wide range of practical skills (including study skills) and to manage their personal and spiritual development more effectively by developing skills of self-assessment and by encouraging them to establish and actively pursue goals that will promote personal & spiritual development. The module includes sessions relating to cross-cultural life and work and contemporary issues in mission. Furthermore, it includes a security simulation, a range of practical courses and a number of dedicated study skills sessions. The module will introduce students to the concept and practice of personal development planning in the context of their studies and encourage them to actively plan their academic, personal and ministry development.

Personal Growth (with performing arts) (10 Credits 5 ECTS)

Designed to promote and facilitate increasing self-awareness and personal development in key areas of life (emotional, relational, spiritual, etc.) this module enables the student to explore personal identity, personality and patterns of reaction to various life situations. For example, students will explore their reactions to stress, boundaries, anger, guilt, sexuality and cross-cultural transition.
The module also provides students with the opportunity to develop confidence and awareness through creating, performing and responding to a variety of performance art techniques and practices. Students will develop their own performance and communication skills as well as developing an appreciation for the performing arts for mission and ministry.
 

 

 

Level 5 Modules

Level 5 modules are taken by Diploma and Degree students. For Diploma and BA (3 Year) students this will be their second year of study. BA (2 Year) students start their studies at Level 5.

Which modules must L5 students take? You must take sufficient modules to earn 120 credits during level 5. This is made up of the seven core modules, which are all compulsory (70 credits) and you must select the remaining 50 credits from the electives or optional modules. NB electives must be selected from more than one vocational specialism (for more information on vocational specialisms see Level 5 Electives below).

 

LEVEL 5 CORE (COMPULSORY) MODULES:

Personal and Spiritual Formation (10 credits 5 ECTS)

One of the main aims of the undergraduate program is to facilitate spiritual formation through a process which fosters spiritual maturity and personal development. For this reason, there is a Personal & Spiritual Formation module at every level of study. At level 5, the module aims to develop an understanding of the processes of spiritual formation from a broad Christian perspective and to gain an understanding of the dynamics of the spirit world. Furthermore, the module seeks to help students to nurture their own personal and spiritual development to greater effect and to develop a range of practical skills for use in different cultural contexts.

Ministry Internship (10 credits 5 ECTS)

Ministry Internship is an extended ministry placement taking place over a period of at least three weeks in with a relevant charity. This is usually completed during the summer vacation and offers an opportunity for some students to travel overseas, if they wish. As with the Ministry Placement module (see below), Ministry Internship provides the opportunity to apply classroom theory in a practical setting, to increase effectiveness in working as part of a team, to work under supervision and to communicate with increasing effectiveness in a cross cultural context. It is also an opportunity to test the student’s potential vocation and to prepare them for future ministry once they have completed their studies.
After completing the placement students will be required to demonstrate in a written assignment their learning as well as an understanding of the presuppositions behind the organisation’s activities and how the biblical or prevailing world view has shaped the organisation.
The total costs of a Ministry Internship are met by the student. In place of the Ministry Internship, students who have had a minimum of six months cross-cultural experience within the five year period immediately prior to coming to College, can apply to have that experience recognized as fulfilling the Internship requirements.

Ministry Placement (10 credits 5 ECTS)

The only difference between this module and the Ministry Internship module above is that Ministry Placements take place at a chosen church or charity on a weekly basis during term time; students also complete a similar assignment.

Missiological Anthropology (10 credits 5 ECTS)

Anthropology is one of the three foundations of Missiology.  It gives insights into unfamiliar contexts and tools for exploring unfamiliar ways of life.   In this module we will look at different types of societies ranging from traditional to modern cities.  The emphasis will be on looking at the social processes that are affecting people around the world.  Students will select one people of the world to study in greater depth.

Theology of Mission (10 credits 5 ECTS)

This module aims to deepen the study of world mission in today’s contexts.  It gives a theoretical, mainly theological) basis to such study.  It also examines various approaches to Christian mission and their impact on evangelism, discipleship and community ministries

Pentateuch (10 credits 5 ECTS)

As with all biblical modules, Pentateuch aims to deepen biblical knowledge and understanding, and to equip students to interpret and apply their biblical knowledge in cross-cultural contexts. After an introduction to the Pentateuch, and the cultural context of the Old Testament, the classes will focus on exegetical analysis of key texts and interaction with literary, historical, and theological issues. Students will learn to handle biblical texts in a way that is faithful to their original intended meaning and appropriate in the context of the contemporary church and world. The module will enable students to learn analytical and evaluative skills through the study of selected passages and engaging with contemporary scholarship. Possible implications of issues raised as they relate to mission will be explored.

Synoptic Gospels (10 credits 5 ECTS)

This module includes a selected survey of portions of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) as well as critical and theological analysis of a variety of themes. Its emphasis is on exploring selected passages in Luke and studying the theological and critical issues in the Synoptic Gospels, such as types of Gospel criticism, the synoptic problem, and the historical Jesus. The aim of the module is to enable students to engage in a critical analysis of the Gospels in the light of historical, theological and literary issues and scholarly debates, and to equip them to explore the implication of the study for mission in the present day context of their own church and society or possible future ministry.

 

LEVEL 5 ELECTIVE (OPTIONAL) MODULES

Are there any elective modules I must take? Level 5 electives must be selected from more than one vocational specialism

What are vocational specialisms? All modules have been grouped into 4 different specialist areas of study: Theology and Ministry, Cross Cultural Mission, Poverty and Justice, Arts and Mission. This has been done to help students select modules which may be most beneficial for their future ministry (e.g. pastoral care, development, church ministry etc.).

Does the College offer all of these modules every year? It is not possible to offer all the elective modules each year. The choice of which modules to run is primarily student led.

How does the College select which modules to offer to students each year? Student module choices are student led, but these frequently change or evolve over time. In order to respond to this, applicants are asked at interview if they have any specific module requests. In addition, we consult current students about their preferences when deciding which modules to run. The College makes every effort to meet all of those requests, however, where the student numbers for a module are less than 7, the College may consider whether the class dynamics would affect the quality of students' learning experience negatively. This decision will always be taken in consultation with students who might be affected so that alternative preferred choices can be made.

 

THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY VOCATIONAL SPECIALISM   

 

Acts of the Apostles (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module aims to deepen biblical knowledge and understanding, and to equip students to interpret and apply their biblical knowledge in cross-cultural contexts. After an introduction to the Acts of the Apostles, the classes will focus on key texts and interact with literary, historical, and theological issues. Special attention will be given to themes which speak to the missional church today. Students will learn to handle biblical texts in a way that is faithful to their original intended meaning and appropriate in the context of the contemporary church and world. The module will enable students to learn analytical and evaluative skills through the study of selected passages and engaging with contemporary scholarship.

Hermeneutics and Homiletics in a Global Age (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This modules aims to equip students with an understanding of what is involved for effective communication of the Bible in today’s contemporary global world. It seeks to train students in preaching skills for different audiences and how to handle the bible with due regard to hermeneutic issues in relation to different cultures. Against this background, students will study different approaches to crafting and delivering sermons.

Leadership (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This course seeks to give students a grounding in the theory and practice of leadership from both a secular and a Christian perspective. Students will explore the call to leadership, the role of the leader (particularly from a biblical perspective), the importance of character, the use and misuse of power, and the cost of leadership. Different theories of leadership and leadership styles will also be examined, enabling students to assess their own gifts and calling to leadership.

New Testament Greek (10 or 20 credits/5 or 10 ECTS, depending on the length of time of study and exams passed)

This module is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to New Testament Greek. It aims to enable students to acquire a basic vocabulary and a foundational knowledge and understanding of grammar and syntax. It also provides them with an opportunity to read and translate sentences from Greek into English. Selected passages from the New Testament will be studied with a view to applying rules of grammar and syntax in translation and mastering a good working vocabulary.

Pastoral Care (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module aims to enhance students’ ability to provide appropriate pastoral support to others in their own and other cultural contexts, through an understanding of the dynamics of specific personal and relational problems (e.g. bereavement, loss, abuse and issues relating to sexuality, faith and trauma) and by developing relevant pastoral skills, (e.g. listening skills, appropriate boundaries and referral to other professionals). Amongst other things, the module includes an exploration of the development of pastoral care, the character, attitude and skills required of a pastoral carer and the appropriate use of Scripture, prayer and the gifts of Spirit in pastoral care situations.

Pauline Literature (10 credits/5 ECTS)

As with all biblical modules, Pauline Literature aims to deepen biblical knowledge and understanding, and to equip students to interpret and apply that knowledge in cross-cultural contexts. After an introduction to Paul and his letters, the classes will focus on key texts and interact with literary, historical, theological, and missional issues. Most of the module is spent examining Romans and 1 Corinthians. Each of these major letters will be studied systematically, giving special attention to themes which speak to the missional church today. Students will learn to handle biblical texts in a way that is faithful to their original intended meaning and appropriate in the context of the contemporary church and world.

Psalms and Wisdom Literature (10 credits/5 ECTS)

As with all biblical modules, Psalms and Wisdom Literature aims to deepen biblical knowledge and understanding, and to equip students to interpret and apply that knowledge in cross-cultural contexts. After an introduction to the psalms and wisdom literature, the classes will focus on key psalms and wisdom texts, interacting with literary, historical, theological, and missional issues. Each of these texts will be studied systematically, giving special attention to themes which speak to the missional church today. Students will learn to handle biblical texts in a way that is faithful to their original intended meaning and appropriate in the context of the contemporary church and world. (Not being offered in 2018/19.)

 

CROSS CULTURAL MISSION VOCATIONAL SPECIALISM

Regional Missional Issues (10 credits/5 ECTS each)

Every year the College will offer at least 2 regional missional issues modules. The regions offered will depend on the specific interests of that year’s cohort, but could include: Africa, Asia, Europe or Latin America. Please note that the Europe and Latin America: Missional Issues modules will not be offered in 2018/19.

Each of these specialist vocational modules will explore the major issues and themes in the history, politics, civilization, arts, culture, religions and society of a particular geographic area of study.  The aim is to enable students to grasp the context for mission in that region and to increase awareness, respect, and sensitivity, with a view to enhancing effectiveness in future service within that context. Study will include an exploration of a people’s worldviews, and theology as well as tackling current and historical missiological issues which impact missionary engagement.

Engaging with Islam (10 credits/5 ECTS)

The distinctive aims of this December intensive course, which has grown to enjoy a good national and international reputation, are to provide:
•    An Islamic Studies module of excellence for both students and practitioners within the Evangelical Christian community;
•    Practical training and equipping for Christians working in Muslim contexts both in Britain and abroad.
The course provides students with the opportunity to engage with a large number of high quality lecturers and expert practitioners, and also to benefit from peer-peer interaction. Amongst other things, the course covers the development and history of Islam, Islamic theology and practice in comparative perspective, the everyday and spiritual life of Muslims, Christian approaches to Muslims and much more.

Islam: Faith and Practice (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This broad exploration of Islamic faith and practice covers Qur’an, Hadith, the history of Islam and some contemporary movements as well as Islamic theology and practice.  Wherever possible it compares and contrasts Islam with Christianity especially in such matters as the nature of God, Creation, Humankind, Revelation, Christology, Salvation and Eschatology.  It also discusses the nature of mission to Muslims in the light of these comparisons and reflects on some modern missiological trends.

Urban Mission (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module aims to prepare students for work in an urban context. The majority of the world’s people are now urban and the trend continues. The module will, amongst other things, look at global urbanisation and city growth, global urban culture, contemporary urban issues and the role of the church in the city. (Not being offered in 2018/19.)

Research Paper (10 credits/5 ECTS) Non taught module

The research paper is an essay of 2,500-3,000 words designed to enable the student to explore in greater depth a topic relating to a field of study in the Diploma or BA programme. It provides an opportunity to develop personal research and writing skills and will be assessed as such.  The essay should have missiological relevance, and may, where appropriate, have an explicit missiological focus. The content of the paper will determine the 'field of study'.

 

POVERTY AND JUSTICE VOCATIONAL SPECIALISM

Holistic Community Programme Management (10 credits/5 ECTS)

The aim of the module is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to design and manage holistic community programmes in a variety of contexts (urban and rural) both in the global North and South.  The module will look at approaches to programme design and management including relevant tools and techniques required at various stages of the project cycle, with an emphasis on holistic and transformational approaches. Issues relating to monitoring, evaluation and learning and fund and human resource management will also be included. By the end of the module the student will be equipped to design and manage holistic community programmes in a wide range of contexts.

Holistic Community Transformation  (10 credits/5 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to build on the foundations of an Integral understanding and approach to mission, to develop a biblical understanding of poverty and a comprehensive community based approach to addressing the complex issues of poverty in a variety of contexts.  This will incorporate an analysis of the causes of poverty, an overview of development approaches and how they have changed over time, an understanding of biblical visions of community and strategies for growing community (including concepts of participation, empowerment and sustainability), and strategies for bringing about holistic transformative change at the level of individuals, communities, institutions, and structures and systems. The purpose of the module is to equip students to analyse and apply the theories and practice of poverty and transformative development to diverse rural and urban contexts in both the global North and South.

 

ARTS AND MISSION VOCATIONAL SPECIALISM

Arts for a Better Future (10 credits/5 ECTS)

In this module students learn to help a community recognize, value, and plan to use its own arts to meet local needs and goals. The module provides a compact overview of the Create Local Arts Together (CLAT) model of community engagement. The CLAT process consists of seven flexible steps grounded in ethnographic and appreciative inquiry approaches: meet a community and its arts; specify goals; select communication genre and content; analyse the genre; spark creativity; improve new works and creative systems; integrate and celebrate for continuity. Students will engage with the model through three pedagogical cycles, culminating in applying it to a real-life context. Arts for a Better Future is usually run as a 5 day intensive course after the end of the summer term.

Creative Media and E-Mission (10 credits/5 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to train students in using multimedia in the service of Christian mission and ministry, with particular emphasis on film and audio. The training will equip the students with skills to create both missional and contextualised media that will reach a particular target audience in culturally appropriate ways. Students will learn how to interact with digital technologies for mission (E-mission); learn how to tell and produce compelling stories to engage with today’s audiences.  

Multicultural Worship (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module engages with the concepts and practicalities of Christian worship music around the world, with application both to non-western church contexts and multi-cultural worship settings. Listening and song sessions will give exposure to different world musical styles and practical exercises will be readily applicable to a variety of worship environments. The module will include an exploration of heart music, worship and culture principles, analysis of song texts, case studies, song workshops, musical aesthetics, syncretism and the facilitation of indigenous songs.

Performing Arts in Education (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This practice based arts module will provide students with the opportunity to explore a variety of social and moral issues through the Performing Arts and to devise their own presentations for educational purposes in cross-cultural contexts. They will develop an appreciation and understanding of the educational aspects that can be emphasised through performing arts. They will have the opportunity to review, refine, modify and evaluate their work and that of others from preparation to presentation, and will be given performance opportunities throughout the module. Amongst other things, the module will explore understanding and targeting an audience, adapting a script and general performance art techniques.

Visual and Western Culture (10 Credits/ECTS)

This module explores aspects of western culture and the relationship between the visual arts, culture and faith. The module will be split into two main areas of study. (1) Western Culture: exploring aspects of Modernism and Postmodernism, and some of the key social issues in contemporary Western society. (2) An introduction to Visual Culture and the practice of contemporary visual artists and film makers, with the opportunity to create original art work and develop an appreciation of film as an aid to communication, and the treatment of spiritual issues.

 

 

 

Level 6 Modules

Level 6 studies are taken by all BA Degree students, regardless of the length of their course.

Which modules must L6 students take? You must take sufficient modules to earn 120 credits per year of study. At level 6, this is made up of the three core modules, which are all compulsory (50 credits) and you must select the remaining 70 credits from the electives or optional modules. NB Level 6 electives must be selected from more than one vocational specialism and at least one module from the Theology and Ministry specialism.

LEVEL 6 CORE (COMPULSORY) MODULES:

Personal and Spiritual Formation (10 credits/5 ECTS)

One of the main aims of the undergraduate program is to facilitate spiritual formation through a process which fosters spiritual maturity and personal development. For this reason, there is a Personal & Spiritual Formation module at every level of study. At level 6, the module’s 3 main aims are to: develop a framework of knowledge on the subjects of suffering, persecution and risk; lessen personal vulnerability in ministry by building resilience in contexts where personal suffering, persecution and risk are likely to be faced; and help the student to further develop the ability to nurture their own personal and spiritual formation effectively within challenging contexts.

Ministry Placement (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This is a practical module which places the student in cross-cultural ministry setting throughout the year. This may be church based or with a community based project. In providing regular experience of supervised practical ministry, the module enables the student to apply classroom based learning, to experience the dynamics of working under supervision in a multi-cultural context and to identify and develop personal gifts and skills as part of a team. At this level, students will seek to identify new and creative approaches to cross cultural ministry and to analyse complex challenges and will propose potential viable solutions. Students will need to provide evidence of learning in the form of written reports.

Research in Mission (30 credits/15 ECTS)

This is the dissertation module. Students may elect to write EITHER a research paper OR to produce an extended arts project:
a)    A research paper or dissertation is a long essay (6-7,000 words) designed to enable the student to explore in greater depth a topic relating to a specialism of study in the BA (Hons) programme. It provides students a major opportunity to develop personal research and writing skills and will be assessed as such. The research should have missiological relevance, and may, where appropriate, have an explicit missiological focus. The title and the content of the paper will determine which specialism the paper belongs to.

b)    The extended arts project provides a major opportunity for students to develop practice based research and further skills in chosen artistic and creative domains as well as in and writing skills. Students can work on an independent extended arts project consisting of a creative presentation with a written report of the research and process OR write an essay to explore in greater depth a topic relating to the Arts specialism of study in the BA (Hons) programme. Both options are discussed in consultation with the Arts tutor and, where necessary, another tutor who may have expertise in the chosen field.

 

LEVEL 6 ELECTIVE (OPTIONAL) MODULES

Are there any elective modules I must take? Level 6 electives must be selected from more than one vocational specialism and at least one module from the Theology  and Ministry specialism

What are vocational specialisms? All modules have been grouped into 4 different vocational specialisms: Theology and Ministry, Cross Cultural Mission, Poverty and Justice, Arts and Mission. This can help students to select modules which could be most beneficial for their future ministry (pastoral, development, church ministry etc).

Does the College offer all of these modules every year? We expect to offer a minimum of two elective modules from each vocational specialism every year.*

* Please note that in 2018/19 we will only offer Vulnerability and Resilience in the Poverty and Justice vocational specialism.
 

How does the College select which modules to offer? Student module choices are student led, but these frequently change or evolve over time. In order to respond to this, applicants are asked at interview if they have any specific module requests. In addition, we consult current students about their preferences when deciding which modules to run. The College makes every effort to meet all of those requests, however, where the student numbers for a module are less than 7, the College may consider whether the class dynamics would affect the quality of students' learning experience negatively. This decision will always be taken in consultation with students who might be affected so that alternative preferred choices can be made.

 

THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY VOCATIONAL SPECIALISMS

Biblical Hebrew (10 or 20 credits/5 or 10 ECTS, depending on the length of time of study and exams passed)

The module aims to introduce students to biblical Hebrew grammar and teach them the basics of the language. It works through the main aspects of morphology and syntax, helping students to enter a different thought world. By the end of the year students should be familiar with basic Hebrew grammar, and be able to read and understand a selection of texts in Hebrew.

Intercultural Evangelism and Apologetics (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module aims to prepare students to engage with people who are not Christians (whether religious and not) and to help them understand the relevance of Christian faith to their lives. Topics studied  include what "apologetics" means and involves, the impact of contemporary culture on evangelism, and the future of evangelism and apologetics in Christian mission. Key apologetic issues studied include the following - engaging with science, making sense of suffering, relating to other religions and negotiating the post-modern context.

Isaiah (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module aims to equip students to handle biblical texts in a way that is faithful to the original intended meaning and appropriate in the context of the contemporary church and world. After an introduction to the book of Isaiah, students will undertake an exegetical analysis of key texts and interact with literary, historical, theological, and missional issues. The module will enable students to practise and refine their analytical and evaluative skills through the study of selected passages and to engage with contemporary scholarship. Possible implications of issues raised as they relate to mission will be explored.

Johannine Literature (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module is a detailed study of the Johannine literature (Gospel according to John, 1, 2 and 3 John and the book of Revelation) with a view to enlarging the understanding of John’s theological themes and concepts in the context in which he wrote it. Students will take up an exegetical analysis of key texts from the Gospel and will interact with literary, historical and theological issues. The module will enable students to practise and refine their analytical and evaluative skills through the study of selected passages in the Gospel of John and to engage with contemporary scholarship. Possible implications of issues raised as they relate to mission will be considered.

New Testament Theology (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module explores important theological themes within the Epistles and Revelation, majoring on Pauline theology, but not exclusively. For each of the topics, attention is paid to the distinctive emphases of particular NT writers and indeed particular letters within the contexts of the time. Insights of historical and recent scholarship are taken into account, as well as the possible contemporary significance of these subjects for the context of mission in today's world. Assessment is by examination.

Old Testament Theology (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module encourages theological reflection on the literature and key themes of the Old Testament, setting these in the light of the historical development of the Old Testament against its background, and in the context of contemporary theological and missional issues. It includes a study of different methods and approaches to the theology of the Old Testament, and a consideration of themes such as creation, election and covenant, law, sacrifice, the land, eschatology and life after death, the uniqueness of God, mission, and the relationship between the Old and New Testaments.

Teaching Adult Learners (10 credits5 ECTS)

This is a practical module and includes the opportunity to design and deliver some training to a group of adults.  It provides the student with an experience of teaching and learning within a learning community as well as an introduction to select theories of adult learning.  The module also addresses certain cross cultural aspects of adult teaching and learning.

 

CROSS CULTURAL MISSION VOCATIONAL SPECIALISMS

Advanced Mission Studies (10 credits/5 ECTS) Non taught module

The Advanced Religious Studies Paper is a specialist research paper (2,500-3,000 words) which is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to engage in personal research and write descriptively and analytically on a topic relating to one of the world’s religions, religious sects, or tradition within the Christian church such as Orthodoxy, Catholicism, etc., or on a cross-cultural mission topic.

Church-Planting and Discipleship (10 credits/5 ECTS)

The focus of this module is on developing churches and disciples in a variety of cultural and religious contexts.  It will equip students to engage critically with the theory and practice of church-planting in different cultural settings, and to enable them to contribute constructively and strategically to the development of churches that will nurture disciples for the contemporary world.  It will also seek to look at discipleship with theological and cultural lens and to relate it to spirituality within and beyond the church.

Contemporary Islam (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module looks at current trends and movements amongst Muslims. By examining primary texts it emphasises the origins and diversity of thought amongst Islamic thinkers, paints a broad picture of different political systems and analyses current affairs. Consideration is given to the implications of this diversity for engagement with Muslims.

Intercultural Team Leadership (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to both lead, and be an effective member of multi-cultural and cross-cultural teams. The content will include: the characteristics of functional teams and the role of the leader, stages of team growth, understanding team roles (including Belbin team roles), key cultural variables, the dynamics of multi-cultural teams and implications for leadership, working under leaders from other cultures, Biblical models and examples of leadership, building trust in the team, vision and strategy, making decisions, dealing with conflict and criticism, team building, and time management.

Religion and Society (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module aims to give students a background in a range of theories/approaches and issues that have been of interest to sociologists of religion.   Starting with the classic theories of religion such as Marx, Durkheim and Weber, and then moving on to more recent debates such as relating to religion in modernising societies. Topics covered will include the retreating and resurgence of religion, charisma and religious authority, fundamentalism and religious revival, new religious movements, and government responses to such things as religious pluralism and intolerance.

 

POVERTY AND JUSTICE VOCATIONAL SPECIALISMS

Global Migration and Diaspora Studies (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module aims to: foster a critical understanding of global migration flows and diaspora communities through theological, biblical, anthropological and missiological reflection. It will increase the student's awareness of the multi-faceted and complex issues arising from contemporary migration flows and examine appropriate missional responses. Students will also reflect on the establishment and development of global Christian diaspora communities and examine the development of multi-cultural churches. (Not being offered in 2018/19.)

Global Peace and Justice Studies (10 credits/5 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to give students a thorough understanding of the current context of global inequality and the root causes, sustaining factors and global impacts of this. Different theories will be examined from both secular and biblical perspectives and students equipped with strategies to engage constructively on these issues both directly and indirectly. The module will include studying a biblical perspective on the issue of human rights as well as biblical approaches to conflict transformation and peace-building. (Not being offered in 2018/19.)

Vulnerability and Resilience (10 credits/5 ECTS)

The purpose of this module is to equip students to work in a holistic way with identified target groups of the poor and vulnerable and in contexts of vulnerability (disasters and conflict) to build long term capacity and resilience. Topics covered will include: understanding the concepts of vulnerability and resilience, gender issues and working with children and youth / vulnerable adults, disability and discrimination, working in contexts of disaster, building peace in situations of conflict, and using the arts in recovering from trauma and more.

 

ARTS AND MISSION VOCATIONAL SPECIALISMS

Arts, Culture and Identity (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module aims to explore and identify ways in which cultural identity is expressed through artistic communication. Specific art forms will be selected for interpretation and analysis with a view to developing and understanding new possibilities for practice in cross-cultural mission contexts. Topics covered include: the arts and cultural restoration, cultural and artistic events, visualising and constructing gender identity through film, performing cultural identity through drama and dance, expressing cultural identity through music.

Music and Global Worship (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This module examines the application of ethnomusicology to cross-cultural Christian ministry. It will cover a background to ethnomusicology as a discipline, its fieldwork and methods, and a range of core ethnodoxological skills used in mission contexts. Topics will include: learning Non-Western musical Instruments, song creation and song writing workshops, world music listening and instrumental ensemble.

Performing Arts in Community (10 credits/5 ECTS)

This practice based arts module will give students the opportunity to create and deliver performing arts workshops in a variety of contexts. They will prepare, deliver and evaluate their own material as well as gain understanding in performance art skills, teaching and educating; issues related to personal and social development, and the benefits of participation. The module will help equip students with the communication, creative and organisational skills required to run performing arts workshops for a variety of different age groups in the wider community and church setting.

 

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