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MA 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 MA modules. Please note that not all modules will be available each year. A downloadable *.pdf version of this list is available here – MA Modules.

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40820              Methods in Modern Theology

This module will enable students to identify and evaluate how theologians do their theology, particularly through engagement with some modern, contextual examples: liberationist, feminist and postcolonial. Through studying these, and the methodologies employed, the ‘texture’ of theology as a responsive, corporate and public activity will be explored and people will be able to apply appropriate theological methodologies to their contexts.

40120              The Bible and Christian Faith

This module looks at a selection of critical methods in biblical studies that have come into the mainstream comparatively recently. Students will explore several aspects of the contextual shift, often denoted ‘postmodernism’, especially as these pertain to the status and function of biblical interpretation. The module will provide exposure to some of the major works of recent critical theory and worked examples of the use of theoretical resources within biblical interpretation. Critical approaches explored may include gender studies, postcolonialism, anthropological, psychological, intertextual and others.

40220              Advanced Biblical Studies

This module offers an opportunity for students to get ‘up to date’ with recent developments in biblical studies and related issues. Topics for study will be drawn from recent scholarship in both Old and New Testaments, especially where new ideas are challenging or contradicting earlier hypotheses, and from contemporary issues that relate more generally to biblical theology. It aims to enable students to analyse critically the relationship between the biblical texts or themes and their context. Students will benefit most from this module if they have previously completed biblical studies at undergraduate level or higher.

40420              Advanced New Testament Studies

The aim of this module is for students to explore in depth a selected New Testament text, for example Paul’s letter to the Romans. Students engage in a detailed study of Paul’s letter to the church at Rome, exploring how the contextual factors that gave rise to the letter generate Paul’s theological thinking. Wider issues in the study of Paul’s theology are also examined, drawing on other parts of the New Testament. A range of critical approaches will be considered. Students will also consider critically how Paul and especially Romans are used as a resource for their own theological work today in their contexts.

40920              Advanced Topic in Christian Doctrine

This module will explore various contemporary expressions of embodied theologies looking at their biblical foundations and critiquing the dualistic way of thinking which underlies much of the Christian tradition. It will examine theological and ethical understandings of embodied theology in relation to themes such as gender and human sexuality, feminist theologies, ageing, disability and eco theologies. Students will engage with primary sources and develop an awareness of theological methods. This module will encourage students to integrate theological thinking into their own spiritual formation and ministerial development and to develop theological resources to respond to contemporary issues.

41020              Advanced Study of a Theological Text

This module will examine, analyse and critique David J. Bosch’s Transforming Mission. It will seek to understand the text in relation to the context in which it was written. It will consider how missiological thinking has been shaped by and responded to the text. It will enable students to reflect contextually on the main ideas in the text, assessing their significance for the mission of the church today.

41520              Advanced Topic in Christian Ethics

This module will being together the skills and insights of ‘empire studies’ from biblical scholarship with the contributions of ecumenical, liberationist theologians, to view current ethical challenges through the prism of Empire. It will enable students to identify parallels between biblical contexts and the contemporary church and world, especially considering patterns of domination, the parameters of civilization and issues of economic injustice. Students will be encouraged to make creative connections in applying these resources to ethical questions.

42120              Theology in Dialogue

This module will engage students with a range of resources within dialogical and interreligious theologies, such as pluralist, particularist, comparativist, feminist, postcolonial and liberationist approaches to encounters with other religious traditions. It will enable students to identify and evaluate the theological issues in such approaches, and sensitively to reflect on their own positionality in such explorations.

42420              Preaching in a Ministerial Context

This module will critically examine a number of homiletical schools of thought. It will pay particular attention to issues such as: different approaches to interpreting both text and context; the significance of the person of the preacher; different understandings of the relationship between language and the preaching task; different understandings of the purpose of preaching; the debate about monological approaches to preaching and dialogical alternatives.

42520              Chaplaincy and Christian Mission

This module will look at the theology and missiology of chaplaincy from a historical perspective. It will explore models of chaplaincy, looking at chaplaincy in relation to church and society, together with the mature of mission and calling in contemporary chaplaincy. There will be theological reflection on role, practice and accountability in a particular chaplaincy setting.

43320              Reflective Practice: Leadership and Collaboration

This module will evaluate and develop current practice through: structured forms of theological reflection for reflective practice, skills for analysis of context, leadership explored in relation to supervision, accountability, team building, managing change, working with conflict, and developing oneself and others, using theological, scriptural and non-theological resources.

44120              Reflective Practice: Relationships and Emotional Management in Ministry

This module will use biblical, theological and psychological perspectives to encourage students to develop as reflexive-practitioners. The module will merge theory and practice. It will provide opportunity for students to reflect on their own experiences of offering pastoral care alongside topics such as healthy boundaries, healthy relationships, self-care, managing conflict and the place of supervision in pastoral ministry.

44420              Christian Spirituality in Dialogue

As well as helping students to develop a critical understanding of what is meant by spirituality, this module will look at historical examples of the interface between Christian spiritualities and other spiritualities. It will help students to develop a critical understanding of the ‘subjective turn’ in spirituality in the West. It will explore ways in which recent thinking and/or practice in such fields as philosophy, psychology, the creative arts, and pop culture have influenced contemporary understandings of, and approaches to, spirituality.

45220              Liturgy and Spirituality

This module will explore the concepts of spirituality and liturgy in relation to each other and to their historical and social contexts. Students will be encouraged to explore their own understandings of the relationship between liturgy and spirituality with reference to their own tradition and the theological and cultural factors that shape it. The module will look at contemporary developments in worship and liturgy and students will engage in analysis and critique of words, music, images and practices used in these and be encouraged to construct liturgy that can be used to explore spirituality in their own contexts.

42220              Research and Reflection: Resources and Methods

This module will explore standard research methods, covering research techniques, the significance of the literature review, and the skills needed to design and scope a small-scale research project. Attention will be given to the importance of research ethics and how these should be addressed. Students will develop the skills needed to develop a methodology appropriate to a chosen area of research.

42360              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 foundations 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 of 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.