Luther King House
Luther King House,
M14 5JP, UK
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.
3011 Further Biblical Studies
The aim of this module is to enable students to explore in depth some biblical texts within the context of contemporary scholarship and the Bible as a whole. The texts shall be examined from a variety of critical perspectives, for example: the issue of genre; historical-critical analysis; source and redaction criticism; narrative approaches; and reader-response readings including postcolonial and feminist, social and textual analysis. Additionally, the students shall critically consider the issues involved in interpreting texts for today’s contexts, and key theological debates. Critical approaches considered may include anthropological and rhetorical critical methodologies. Throughout, students will analyse critically how this study relates to their own contexts, and how their own contexts inform their interpretations.
3021 Further Old Testament Studies
The aim of this module is to enable students to study key Old Testament texts in depth, typically Exodus and texts relating to the exile. The texts shall be examined from a variety of critical perspectives, for example: the issues of genre; historical-critical analysis; source and redaction criticism; narrative approaches; and reader-response readings including postcolonial and feminist, social and textual analysis. Additionally, the students shall critically consider the issues involved in interpreting Old Testament texts for today’s contexts. As part of this, they shall explore some of the main issues in biblical theology of the Old Testament, including the relationship between theology and history, the impact of traumatic experience upon Old Testament texts, and the influence of empire upon those texts. Additional critical approaches considered may include methodologies using trauma and resilience for reading Old Testament texts. Throughout, students will analyse critically how this study relates to their own contexts, and how their own contexts inform their interpretations.
3031 Further New Testament Studies
The aim of this module is to enable students to study key New Testament texts in depth, typically a gospel and an epistle, for example Luke/Acts and Galatians. The texts shall be examined from a variety of critical perspectives, for example: the issue of genre; historical-critical analysis; source and redaction criticism; narrative approaches; and reader-response readings including postcolonial and feminist, social and textual analysis. Additionally the students shall critically consider the issues involved in interpreting Pauline passages for today’s contexts. As part of this, they shall explore some of the main issues in Pauline theology, including justification by faith, the role of the Law, and the backdrop of the Roman Empire. Additional critical approaches considered may include anthropological and rhetorical critical methodologies. Throughout, students will analyse critically how this study relates to their own contexts, and how their own contexts inform their interpretation.
3157 Theologies of the Majority World
This module will enable students to gain a broad overview of theologies from the majority world and the perspectives and issues they raise. The module will explore a range of theologies from the majority world such as Latin American, Black, First Nation, Minjung, Water Buffalo, Dalit and Ubuntu theologies. Students will be encouraged to integrate learning from these different perspectives into their own faith and practice.
3167 A Key Christian Figure
This module will enable students to explore the work and significance of a contemporary theologian: Andrew Shanks. It will give a detailed account, in context, of his contribution to Christian theology, identifying the key questions he raises and the ramifications for ministry and mission. The issues considered will be the nature of truth, faith, sin, and solidarity, with self-critical, dialogical and political implications.
3341 Independent Learning Project
This module is designed to enable participants to engage in independent learning related to a chosen subject area related to theology, ministry and mission. In consultation with their college principle and relevant tutors, participants will identify a subject area and a supervisor for approval. An independent learning project will include text based research and may also involve social and practical research. The area chosen may enhance and integrate study from the taught module programme though will be clearly distinguished from the taught module.
3362 Dissertation in Theology, Ministry and Mission
A dissertation provides an opportunity to carry out independent research and to develop the skills required to do this. It lays the foundation for possible future work at a higher degree level. Participants will consult with both college principal and tutors to identify an area of research relevant to the study of theology, ministry and mission. This will involve text-based research and may also use one or more methods available from the social sciences. The proposed research question, a brief description of the work to be carried out, and a careful account of how any potential ethical issues will be addressed, must be submitted for approval by the Programme Committee. Supervision will be arranged in consultation with the student.
3431 Mission and Apologetics in Contemporary Culture
This module will help students to: understand and analyse some of the main socio-cultural trends that have helped to shape contemporary western societies; develop and evaluate appropriate missional responses to various forms of community to be found in the West; understand and critique a range of contemporary approaches to Christian apologetics.
3541 Research Methods for Practical Theology
This module will explore standard research methods. It will examine what is involved in research (including the development of critical skills), the significance of the literature review, qualitative and quantitative methods, and the importance of research ethics. Students will develop the skills needed to develop a methodology appropriate to a chosen area of research, and how to begin to structure and plan their research.
3617 Conflict Transformation 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. We will consider the nature of conflict, its structure and dynamic as well as our own personal response to conflict. Exploration of the systemic nature of conflict in congregations alongside biblical and theological reflections will lead to the consideration of different strategies for appropriate intervention into conflict situations, as well as management of self in stressful situations.
3731 Reflective Practice: Ministry and Mission with Young People
This module aims to equip students with theoretical tools and practical skills that enable them to make a positive difference in the spiritual lives of under-18s. Students will be introduced to significant thinkers from a range of fields (including adolescent development, informal education, faith and spiritual development, worship, mission and discipleship) and will be encouraged to engage critically with key themes, bringing them into dialogue with Scripture and practice. In so doing, students will be empowered to contribute towards effective youth ministries that meet the spiritual, social, and emotional needs of young people in contemporary society.
3771 Reflective Practice: Chaplaincy
There will be a study of history of chaplaincy development, together with an evaluation of a variety of forms of chaplaincy. Students will explore different contexts, e.g. health care, education, criminal justice, business and sport. In addition, the module will look at spiritual and pastoral care in chaplaincy contexts, the secular and multifaith environments, and contemporary debates surrounding these.
3811 The Arts, Culture and Christian Ministry and Mission
This module will set out to analyse how and why Christian faith should pay attention to the arts, offering a theological and philosophical basis for a developed relationship. Rather than attempt to engage with all the arts, it is an in-depth study of the visual arts – particularly modern painting – that will provide the framework for this exploration. Historic and contemporary relationships between the Church and the visual arts will be explored, together with the significance of the imagination, the ways in which paintings act as theological texts, and the potential of visual art to deepen faith and discipleship as well as address issues of social justice.
3837 Intersectional Theologies
This module will explore the concept of intersectionality from a range of disciplines. It will explore the development of theologies that take account of complex identities (such as ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, age, environmental), contexts and social structures. It will encourage students to see how these theologies and identities can be an effective analytical tool for their own faith and practice.