Beginning Theology (London) Information

Aims

  • To introduce students to a range of theological disciplines

  • To equip students with skills in Bible study, critical analysis and theological reflection

  • To enable students to make connections between the Christian tradition and their own experience of encounter and relationship with God

  • To prepare students for mission in their own parish context and in the wider ministry of the church

  • To enable Christians from under- represented groups and ethnic minority groups to respond to their calling to mission and ministry

  • To provide English Language support for students whose first language is not English

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify key themes and teachings of the Bible

  • Develop skills in analysing and interpreting the Scriptures

  • Draw upon the Christian tradition in order to understand how Christians have related to their times and contexts, and reflect on the challenges that face Christians today.

  • Identify the characteristics of the Kingdom of God

  • Understand the meaning and significance of the Creeds

  • Apply their understanding of Christian ministry and mission to the contemporary urban context

  • Identify their spiritual roots in Scripture and be aware of how these shape their daily lives 

  • Express their knowledge and understanding clearly and effectively using appropriate academic styles and conventions

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

The duration of the programme is 6 modules over 2 years. Each module is one term in duration. Students enrol for 3 modules per academic year (Track 1 or Track 2).

Students are expected to attend at least 70% of the teaching sessions and to submit and pass the assignment in order to receive a pass certificate. Any students who meet the attendance requirement but do not wish to submit the assignment will receive a certificate of attendance.

A range of informal and formal assessments will take place throughout the course. Assessed work will be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Students will need to spend several hours a week on private study, reading and preparing assignments, projects or essays. Each module may require submission of several shorter pieces of work or one extended piece of work.

On completion of 6 modules, students will receive a College Certificate which will be presented at the annual St Mellitus College Graduation Ceremony.

English Language and Study Skills

English Language and study skills are integrated into the Academic Development stream on the course. In addition, individual support in English Language can be arranged by the Course Co-ordinator. English Language support aims to enable students to improve their reading skills, develop vocabulary, express their understanding of theological ideas more effectively and become familiar with academic conventions. Study skills include close reading of the text, analysis and interpretation, note – taking, essay writing and referencing.

Bibliography

Astley, J. Studying God: Doing Theology SCM Press 2014
Backhouse, S. The Compact Guide to Christian History, Lion 2011
Bruggerman, W. The Psalms and the Life of Faith (ed. P. Miller) Fortress 1995
Croft , S. and Walton, R. Learning for Ministry, Church House, 2005
Drane, J. Introducing the Old Testament, Oxford, Lion 1987
Ireland, M. and Chew, M. Mission Action Planning, SPCK, 2016
Jones, S. Listening for God’s Call, SCM Press 2014
McGrath, A.E. Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought, Wiley- Blackwell 2nd Edition 2012
McGrath, A.E. Introduction to Christian Theology, Oxford, University Press, 1998 Rider, A. Life is for Giving, Church House Publishing, 2018
Thompson, J. The SCM Study-Guide to Theological Reflection, SCM, 2008
Tomlin, G. Looking through the Cross, Bloomsbury Publishing 2003
Wright, T. Mark for Everyone, SPCK 2004