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Level 4 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 4 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 4 Modules.

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1067                Elementary New Testament Greek

The aim of this module is for students to learn enough Greek to be able to translate simple passages from the New Testament. They will also begin to understand terms relating to Greek in critical commentaries. They will begin to understand the different options and considerations that are involved in translation, and to consider the merits of different translations. They will also be aware of textual critical issues.

1077                Continuing New Testament Greek: Texts Study

The aim of this modules is for students to develop their Greek to be able to translate more complex passages from the New Testament. They will understand the different options and considerations that are involved in translation, and to consider the merits of different translations for different contexts. They will also be aware of the textual critical issues, and be able to use the critical apparatus of a Greek text.

1087                Elementary Biblical Hebrew

The aim of this module is to introduce students to basic elements of Biblical Hebrew through engagement with four chapters of the original text of the Old Testament. It will focus on basic grammar and syntax, encourage students to learn vocabulary, and to read and write in Biblical Hebrew. It will help students begin to understand issues associated with the task of translating ancient texts into modern English, in relation to language, literary style and theology.

1097                Continuing Biblical Hebrew: Texts Study

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a deeper understanding of Biblical Hebrew, developing students’ understanding of Hebrew grammar and syntax. It is based on reading and translating the set text, five chapters of narrative prose from the Hebrew Bible; and further chapters of the course text book. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which the Biblical text may be translated into English. The module will thus equip students with the confidence to use significant reference resources that refer to the Hebrew. It will inculcate the ability to evaluate different English translations of Old Testament material, especially those widely used in church life.

1131                Introduction to Christian Doctrine and History

This module surveys the development of Christian theology from the Patristic period to the present day, exploring the relationship between theological thinking and its social and historical context. It will examine some of the different sources and influences in the development of theology and will engage with extracts from some key theological texts. It will begin to explore the development of key themes within Christian theology such as understandings of God, Trinity and Christology. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own theological thinking, how it has been shaped and formed, how the different sources and influences have influenced their own Christian tradition and context, and how these themes might relevant in pastoral ministry.

1437                Introducing Theological Reflection

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the principles and methods of theological reflection, through using the pastoral cycle and to applying this to their wider learning and context. It will look at scripture, tradition and a number of wider resources.

1361                Mission and Evangelism

This module will introduce students to the study of Christian Mission. It will investigate various theological, biblical and historical perspectives on mission. It will consider a number of issues that emerge as Christians reflect on their engagement with God’s world. Examples of such issues include: how to interpret The Bible with mission in mind; Christian approaches to other religions; the place of the local church in mission; Christian understandings of the relationship between the gospel and culture. Throughout the module students will be helped to reflect contextually on the understandings, perspectives and issues to which they will be introduced.

1417                Introduction to Aspects of Pastoral Care

This module will offer students introductory material exploring some of the major themes and issues relating to pastoral care in congregational contexts. Students will be encouraged to begin to develop the skills and dispositions required to offer sustained and appropriate pastoral care in ways that do justice to their own roles and experience. These explorations will pay attention to scriptural models. Issues such as self-care, accountability and boundaries, and developing listening skills will be addressed. A range of human experiences such as illness, loss and grief will be discussed.

1521                Spirituality and Discipleship

This module surveys the main themes within the story of Christian spirituality, both thematically and historically. It looks at the development and continuing significance of specific practices, such as lectio divina and spiritual direction, and explores different models of holiness as they have developed within the different ecclesial contexts. The importance of the apophatic tradition will be a particular feature. Throughout, consideration will be given to ways in which the life of prayer and discipleship can be nurtured today through an understanding of, and engagement with, those who have shaped the Christian tradition.

1537                Introduction to Christian Worship

This module will explore theological, historical and practical aspects of worship and liturgy at an introductory level. Those aspects include considering how worship and liturgy might be understood and described; noting historical and other influences on contemporary orders and patterns of worship from different Christian streams; identifying and analyzing constituent elements of an act of worship; ways to communicate ‘Good News’; pastoral considerations with regard to the congregation; the role of the worship leader; planning an act of worship. Importantly, students will be encouraged throughout the module to reflect on how theory connects with their own contexts and experiences of worship.

1031                Introduction to the Bible

This module will provide students with an introduction the OT and NT texts, including introducing a variety of genres of writing and a variety of interpretative methodologies. Texts will be studied against their original contexts and a range of methodologies used and critiqued. Students will be enabled to place texts in their contexts and see their application in their own churches.

1721                Biblical Perspectives on Social Justice and Equality

This module will provide a broad overview of Biblical thinking on the themes of social justice and equality. Representative texts will be studied in more depth. There will be a concentration on socio-political readings of the texts, with an acknowledgement of the strengths and weaknesses of this approach. There will be an exploration of contemporary thinking on issues of social justice and equality, connecting and applying the Biblical material to both church and community settings.

1167                Introduction to Christian Ethics

The aim of this module is to help students articulate a critical appreciation of the ways Christian faith informs and shapes the moral life of communities and individuals. Students will develop a well-informed understanding and critical appreciation of the resources available for Christian reflection on ethical issues. They will develop skills to apply these resources faithfully to selected moral questions, and be able to give an account of the Christian moral life and of core Christian moral concepts and methods. There will be an exploration of moral mind-sets which influentially shape contemporary thinking about ethics. The application of the theological and other thinking will happen in areas such as medical, political and personal ethics.

1407                Community Development and the Church

The aim of this module is to give students an overview of the values, standards and tools of community development, how these relate to and perhaps question the values and standards within their church and/or placement as they do community development work. We will examine the history of community development in the UK, alongside the history of community involvement by UK churches. Different models of community development will be assessed and particularly the ABCD model, which is the dominant model at the moment within British churches. Skills will be developed for community auditing or profiling with a focus on beginning to develop theological tools to understand what we have discovered about our communities.

1447                Foundations of Reflective Practice in Context

This module will enable students to begin to understand what it means to be a reflective practitioner in both community and church contexts. This will involve looking at examples of good and bad practice. We will examine a number of models of reflective practice from theological and other disciplines. Students will be encouraged to develop their own model of reflective practice, or to find one which suits their needs, for use in their particular placement context. Within this students will be encouraged to demonstrate self-awareness alongside an awareness of context. From this we expect students to begin critical and creative conversations between themselves, context and academic disciplines.

1181                Exploring Education for a Learning Church

This module will examine some of the principles, skills and practices of adult learning in church and community. There will be an introduction to styles of learning theory, with a focus on the work of Paul Freire and how his theories have been put into practice in the Basic Christian Communities of Latin America and Community Projects in the UK. This will facilitate a reflection on the place of education in church and community. Through placements and assessments students will be encouraged to create and encourage opportunities for collective learning, learn from working in collaboration, understand experiences in the context of wider social, political and economic forces, and engage in critical reflection on their own practice, values and beliefs.