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Level 5 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 5 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 5 Modules.

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2021                Biblical Studies

The aim of this modules is to enable students to be able to understand different ways in which Biblical interpretation can be approached and practiced, together with the issues raised be adopting a thematic approach to the Bible through focusing, for example, on ‘social justice’. They will learn to recognise and work critically with a broad range of biblical genres recognizing key features of these genres. They will develop their skills of exegesis, and in reflecting on and evaluating the use of the Bible in the life of the church and their context.

2097                Intermediate Biblical Hebrew

The aim of this module is to enable students to gain fluency in Biblical Hebrew through reading selected passages from the biblical text, further developing their skills in Hebrew through the translation and exegesis of these passages. Students will be expected to engage with up-to-date Hebrew Bible scholarship on the relevant texts and consider, among other things, matters of history, literary analysis, background and theology. Students will also become aware of textual critical issues, and be able to use the critical apparatus of a Hebrew text. They will also be aware of the range of resources available. They will also be aware of theological issues. They will be able to create their own translations of short passages of the Old Testament.

2107                Intermediate New Testament Greek

The aim of this module is for students to further develop and consolidate 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 critically the merits of different translations for different contexts. They will also be aware of textual critical issues, and be able to use the critical apparatus of a Greek text. They will also be aware of the range of resources available. They will also be aware of theological issues. They will be able to create their own translations of short passages from the New Testament. The module will use a standard Greek grammar. This is supplemented by discussions in class. Different passages from the New Testament will be studied each week in class, including those that use more complex Greek.

2121                Topics in Christian Doctrine

This module will look at the development of some of the main themes in Christian theology in relation to their Biblical foundations, development within different social and historical contexts and examining contemporary perspectives. It will examine different sources and influences and enable students to develop a critical awareness of theological methods. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own theological thinking, how it has been shaped and formed, how the themes studied are handled differently in different contexts, and how they might be relevant to their own spiritual formation and ministerial development with specific reference to pastoral care.

2567                Developing Theological Reflection

This module will enable students to apply principles and methods of theological reflection to diverse settings, e.g. engaging with institutions, facilitating groups, making connections with wider culture in church life and leadership.

2227                Exploring Leadership and Theology for Ministry and Mission

This module introduces students to the key biblical and theological ideas that are relevant to leadership and collaboration in the contemporary era. It explores a number of leadership styles and approaches and evaluates them all from a biblical and theological perspective. The module is designed to enable students to identify their own approach to leadership and the strengths and weaknesses that they may bring to the leadership task in light of that.

2237                Sustaining the World: Christian Faith and the Environment

The aim of this module is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to integrate biblical, theological, ethical and missiological approaches to the environment. Students will be introduced to, and analyse, the causes and impacts of selected current environmental issues, such as climate change, waste management, and biodiversity and learn to evaluate a range of attitudes and responses. Students will study selected biblical texts and will be encouraged to reflect theologically on their learning in relation to Christian discipleship and the mission and ministry of the church to develop a distinctively Christian approach to contemporary environmental issues that envisions a sustainable future and hope for all creation.

2371                Denominational History and Principles

This module will explore the radical church traditions, as they emerged and developed in England and Wales in the centuries after the Reformation. It will examine the history of these traditions, the key theological principles that guided their development, and their continuing significance for today. The ways in which these church traditions have evolved in response to the ecumenical movement will be particularly noted. There will be an emphasis on the study of primary sources.

2451                Missional Ecclesiology

This module will introduce students to Christian ecclesiology from missional, theological and historical perspectives. It will look at the history of the missional church movement in general and Fresh Expressions of church in particular. Consideration will be given to the relationship between emerging forms of church and more traditional forms. The module will critically examine a range of theological and practical issues that emerge when Christians seek to rethink their understanding of church in the light of missional engagement in God’s world.

2747                Christian Theology in Encounter with Other Faiths

Through this module people will study and reflect on the stories and beliefs within Islamic and Hindu traditions in dialogue with Christian traditions. They will engage with theological these such as the nature of God, the human condition, and the person of Jesus, including through study of other sacred texts. There will be reflection on the interaction between the theological and the socio-political, and on the importance of appreciating the limits of our knowledge.

2387                Developing Preaching

This module will help students to explore a number of key issues in relation to the theology and practice of preaching. Examples of such issues include, ways of interpreting the Bible for preaching; the parts played in preaching by the preacher, the text, the context, and the Holy Spirit; strengths and weakness of a range of rhetorical strategies; the purpose of preaching; sustaining a ministry of preaching.

2347                Mission and Ministry in a Rural Context

This module provides an overview of the political, demographic and social context of contemporary rural England (broadened if students are from Scotland and/or Wales). Students will be enabled to understand the changing role of churches in rural situations and also analyse the increasing demand and need for rural community development. Tools will be provided by examining the work of rural theologians, ministers and community development workers. We will focus on theological responses to hidden poverty and climate change in rural areas, while mixing in the community development stress on community organizing and resilience in rural areas.

2357                Mission and Ministry in an Urban Context

This module will seek to understand the history of cities in the Bible and beyond asking the questions: is there a Biblical vision for the city? We will focus on the nature of contemporary cities in the UK, their strengths and weaknesses, problems and opportunities. From this we will examine various approaches to ecclesiology, mission and theology, alongside the role of community development in an urban setting. Urban community development approaches will be linked into urban theologies and we will seek a cross fertilization between them, especially rooted in assignments and placement contexts. This will enable us to focus on individual issues which are unique to the city and of common concern to theology and community development.

2771                Theological Perspectives on Community Development and Organising

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the histories and theologies of community development and community organising. As well as looking at key figures and events in the history of community development and organising, students will gain an overview of differing theological approaches to these movements: Roman Catholic, Anglican, Evangelical, Radical. The relevance of these theologians and theologies to present contexts will be examined. There will be a focus on how much theology can facilitate and assist community empowerment, as well as enabling dialogue and understanding between church and community.

2781                Theology and Discrimination

The aim of this module is to introduce students to contextual theologies of liberation, focusing on marginalised groups who find themselves facing discrimination. In particular, we will examine theologies and theologians of disability, race, sex and sexuality. Anti-oppressive theories and practice in both social and community work will be explored, while there will be an unpacking of current legislation which aims to counter discrimination and facilitate inclusion. All of this will be linked in with theological reflection and good practice in community and church.