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.
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.
-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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.