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Level 6 BA Modules

We offer a wide range of modules exploring ministry, mission and church-related community work. Here you will find a full list of all of our Level 6 BA modules. Please note that not all modules will be available each year. A downloadable *.pdf version of this list is available here – BA Level 6 Modules.

BA601 Alternatives to Western Christian Theology

By setting Western theologies within a broader global context, this module will deepen participants’ awareness of the breadth of the Christian theological traditions and encourage them to further critical reflection on their own theology.

BA602 The Bible and the Making of the People of God

The module examines the theme of the people of God through both the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament. In particular it focuses on the theme of exile within the Hebrew Scriptures, with related concepts such as covenant. In the New Testament, the theme is continued through examining the changing understanding of the people of God and God’s covenant within Paul’s letters, examining issues such as justification, faith, and the Law alongside issues such as identity and rhetoric.

BA603 New Testament Texts

Participants will study two key New Testament texts: one gospel and one Pauline epistle (eg Luke/Acts and Paul’s letter to the Galatians). We shall examine the gospel from a variety of critical perspectives, including: the issue of genre; historical-critical analysis; source and redaction criticism; narrative approaches; and reader-response readings including postcolonial and feminist. In studying the epistle we shall explore the processes involved in interpreting ancient letters. Participants will engage in social and textual analysis, and consider the issues involved in interpreting Pauline passages for today’s situations.

BA604 Old Testament Texts

The first part of this unit focuses on the theme of Exile within the Old Testament. The second part focuses more narrowly on a chosen text, e.g. the book of Exodus, studied as a text in its own right but also paying attention to how it links in with material studied in the first part of the module, and exploring the relevance of all this for our faith and worship today. A range of methodological approaches will be used in our study of the texts, such as literary analysis; historical-critical analysis; source criticism; intertextuality, and reader-response approaches (e.g. liberationist; feminist).

BA605 Radical Believing

This module explores the tradition of radical belief and dissent within the Christian church. It will introduce participants to historical individuals and movements that have often been on the margins of the church, giving voice to convictions that did not conform to establishment views. As a result, the place and importance of radical dissent today will be examined.

BA606 Approaches To Christian Homiletics

The module will critically examine a range of extant approaches to the theory and practice of preaching.

BA607 Social and Political Theologies

This module will explore some key social and political contexts and dimensions which have shaped theological thinking in the last century, and how the social, political and personal values and experiences of the participants inform their theological formation. It will focus on particular theological texts, and help participants to critically reflect on its formation, content and impact.

BA608 Conflict Transformation for Church Leaders

Conflict is normal and inevitable – but Christian leaders often feel ill-prepared to handle conflict in the church. This course aims to raise self-awareness, to deepen understanding of conflict and to teach methods for transforming conflict and enable participants to select and use them appropriately.

BA609 Society, Community and Mission in Britain

This unit will consider the implications for the theory and practice of mission of some of the major socio-cultural changes that are shaping Britain today such as secularisation, postmodernity and the passing of Christendom. It will also look at how the churches might respond to particular missional challenges relating to different forms of community to be found in Britain today.

BA611 Independent Study

This module aims to develop the participant with skills in independent reading, research and writing, providing good preparation for the writing of a dissertation.

BA612 Research Methodology

This unit explores resources and skills needed in preparation for research projects at undergraduate level (taken in conjunction with BA613).

BA613 BA Dissertation

Produce a dissertation on a topic agreed with the tutor and approved by the Course Committee.

BA614 World Shaking Mission: attending to ‘other’ perspectives

This module is designed to enable participants to enage with and respond to theological and missiological perspectives which pose challenges to existing missiological assumptions. It works with a series of proposals made by Andrew Shanks, a current British theologian. He identifies three ‘dishonesties’ out of which we need to be ‘shaken’. They are;

  • ‘dishonesty-as-disowning’, suggesting that a tradition is inclined to boast about the triumphs of its story, and effectively disown the moral failures, so as to sanitize its identity;
  • ‘dishonesty-as-banality’, suggesting that a tradition can tend unreflectively or indifferently to ignore those of other traditions, declining to listen and attend otherness as such; and
  • ‘dishonesty-as-manipulation’, suggesting that a tradition can succumb to the vested interests of those with the capacity to guide the tradition to a particular future, closing down other options.

Each of these ‘dishonesties’ reinforces a tradition’s ‘truth-as-correctness’ rather than the cause of ‘truth-as-Honesty’. This module works with these insights to think about mission.