Modules Offered 2016-11-17T10:27:38+00:00

Below is a list of the different modules offered for the Common Awards at Level 7. Please note that not all modules are offered each year.

Each session will normally be divided into two. The first half will provide an orientation to the challenge of understanding how to explore what the Bible is all about. The focus will be on key figures who have shaped the discussion. As soon as possible students will choose a
n example of biblical theology spanning both Old and New Testaments and begin evaluating its strengths and weaknesses. There will be an opportunity to share insights in a seminar, which will be foundational work for one of the module assessments.

The second half of the session will be devoted to showing how a particular theme may be explored in conversation with a range of texts from the Old and New Testaments. A general orientation will be followed by a brief worked example that can provide the basis for how the students will develop the theme that they have chosen in preparation for the second of the module assessments. The specific theme of the temple will then be explored in more detail. An outline of the theology of a single book will provide a complementary perspective.

This module investigates a major theological text and includes detailed attention to the text’s historical context, and extensive, sophisticated engagement with the text itself. It also explores how contemporary thinking in relation to theology, ministry and mission might be shaped by attention to this text. In 2016/17 the basic text will be The Bride of the Lamb (1945), written by Sergii Bulgakov (1871
-1944), who is generally considered to be the most important Orthodox theologian of the twentieth century. This book is the third volume
of his trilogy with the general title On Divine Humanity, and discusses doctrinal topics such as creation, evil, ecclesiology and eschatology. The module will focus on the key chapters of this book and students will be guided as to how to interpret Bulgakov’s important work in the wider context of twentieth-century Systematic Theology. Students are invited to bring Bulgakov’s theology into dialogue with
theologians and Christian thinkers of their own tradition.
Some of the main challenges to any theistic worldview arise from the sciences of our time. In the science-theology dialogue of the last half-
century there have been attempts to meet these challenges in a variety of ways, and these attempts, together with their theological implications, will be explored in this module. There will be a particular focus on the concept of natural theology, the nature of scientific and theological language usage, theological anthropology, the Christian doctrine of creation, and the problem of divine action in a world
characterised by obedience to laws of nature. The relevance of the Eastern Christian tradition will be explored in relation to all these issues, and the student will, by the end of the course, have a broad understanding of both the recent history of the science-theology dialogue
and the ways in which Orthodox understandings are currently being used to attempt more nuanced approaches than those that are dominant.
This module will explore the education of adults for Christian discipleship. It will consider the nature of faith and the adult faith journey as it relates to life experience. It will explore theo-ries of adult learning and consider which principles and methods are most appropriate for this ministry. It will reflect on relevant theologies which will underpin and energise understandings of Christian education, particularly theologies of the Holy Spirit. It will engage with ecclesial contexts and perspectives and consider texts produced by Christian churches to guide the work of Christian education.

The consideration of these overlapping fields will locate this ministry at a creative intersection of human experience, divine action and Christian mission. This will enable exploration of a va-riety of responses in and by Church communities.

There will be opportunities to develop skills for adult education: planning, structuring and eval-uating sessions; preparing handouts; facilitating a group; integrating various media, and draw-ing sessions together in prayer. Throughout this module participants will be aware of their own faith journey and preferred learning environments, and of their own identities as Christian ed-ucators.

The Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission are designed to offer personal and professional development for a range of Christian ministries as well as to satisfy the aspirations of those students who undertake their studies to enhance, broaden and deepen their discipleship and ministry in other contexts. This core module aims to explore key aspects of quantitative and qualitative, empirical and theoretical research methods in theology, ministry and mission. Through active engagement with the study of ecclesiology, students will learn general research skills and how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses and appropriate use of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods for a particular study and context.

Through the design of a small-scale research project, students will understand how to develop a conceptual framework, how to use practical methods and examine ethical issues appropriate to their context and study. Students will also gain the skills required for the preparation of a literature review in support of their research proposal through the comparison of two works relevant to the study of ecclesiology, ministry and/or mission.

Interactive lectures and seminars will offer a critical space to examine how data is synthesised and processed and to integrate that data into the wider theoretical field of study through using interdisciplinary tools of research.

A dissertation provides an opportunity to develop research skills and inquiry-based learning and to lay the foundations for possible future work at a higher degree level. Participants will, in consultation and negotiation with the tutor, identify a topic, issue, or ministerial area relevant to the study of theology, ministry and mission. The proposed title of the dissertation, together with a brief description and initial bibliography, must be submitted for approval by the Examination Board.

The student is responsible for arranging supervisions and organising a timetable and plan for his/her work. An introductory meeting with the year group will introduce the dissertation and explain the process for approving the proposed topic. The area chosen may enhance and integrate study from the taught module programme providing the independent study is clearly distinguished from the content of such taught modules

In the twenty-first century, it has become clear that Christianity is truly a global faith. Churches in the non-western world continue to grow rapidly. This module is an introduction to the theological thought and practice of Christians in the non-western world. The module focuses partly on the written works of theologians from a variety of contexts in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It also focuses on popular theology—how the way in which Christians at the grassroots level of the church around the world live out their faith embodies certain theological beliefs. Students will be encouraged to consider how (if at all) learning about theology in non-western contexts shapes, enlarges, and changes theologies formed in a western context.
This module brings into dialogue experience gained in the placement context with aspects of theology and the dimension of the student’s own self-awareness concerning their growth in pastoral and ministerial practice. Students will have the opportunity to enhance skills in understanding and analysing a specific context, and integrating theological enquiry with pastoral, ministerial and/or professional practice. It draws upon the resources of Scripture and relevant Christian traditions in critical conversation with insights from other sources, including the social sciences. It demands of students attentiveness to their own assumptions and biases. Reflecting upon their placement, ministerial or work-based context, students will take responsibility for identifying key aspects, encounters and themes out of which to develop work for assessment.

The course will also allow students to gain further experience of using a variety of methods of theological reflection in the light of their placement context in order to develop their ministerial practice.

Students will be expected to agree a plan of activities with their placement supervisor, which takes into account specific learning outcomes agreed by their Director of Pastoral Studies/Practical Theology and any requirements of their sponsoring church. A working agreement form must be completed at the start of the placement hours. At the end of the placement the on-site supervisor will complete a report identifying the student’s contribution and growth. Both of these documents must be submitted in appendices with the assessed work.

Students will be expected to work with a journal of their experiences; research their context fully using available resources and apply methods of reading and/or profiling a context, provide accounts of pastoral encounters and ‘critical incidents’ for analysis in a group context and reflect with a placement supervisor on their own development. Group teaching on specific areas of pastoral and practical theology for ministry will be linked to independent reading and research as well as to the material students bring to the group for reflection.

This module examines two central terms in contemporary missiology, and brings these into dialogue both with each other, and with the student’s developing formation and vocation. It seeks to identify the meaning of the terms ‘mission’ and ‘evangelism’ and explore both continuities and discontinuities in a range of approaches to the relationship between them and their practice. It will analyze these from a number of disciplinary perspectives, including those of theology, history, sociology, and anthropology. It will explore ways in which each of these disciplinary approaches may best inform contemporary Christian practice in mission.

Towards the end of the module, each student will make a seminar presentation on a case study arising from their own experience of mission and/or evangelism, in order to help develop critical and analytical skills, and to enable the class to engage with a range of contextual approaches in contemporary mission.

This module is to enable participants to engage in independent learning related to a chosen subject area in the context of discipleship, mission and ministry. In consultation and negotiation with the tutor, participants will identify a topic, issue, or ministerial area relevant to the study of the theory and practice of ministry and in which there is academic expertise in the Cambridge Theological Federation. An independent learning project will be developed which may include both library and practical research. The area chosen may enhance and integrate study from the taught module programme providing the independent study is clearly distinguished from the content of such taught modules.
This module is designed to enable students to understand the role the visual arts (with a focus upon drawing and painting but not excluding other forms of visual art) have to play in our understanding of the world, ourselves and our faith; to enable students to bring the resources of their own appreciation of, and engagement with, the visual arts into critical conversation with their pastoral practice and Pastoral Theology. Rather than using the visual arts merely to illustrate theology, it will be about doing theology with and through art. It will be assessed by a written essay that must show reflection on practice as well as engagement with theory. Individual guidance will be given to students in the selection and treatment of a relevant topic for their essay for assessment.