Beginning Theology (North West) 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
  • To enable students to develop a portfolio of work which can be used as evidence at a Bishops Advisory Panel

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete a module of Beginning Theology will be able to: 

  • Identify key themes and teachings of the Bible.
  • Develop some core skills in analysing and interpreting the Scriptures.
  • Begin to apply their understanding of Christian ministry and mission to the contemporary urban context, reflecting on the challenges that face Christians today.
  • Begin to identify their spiritual roots in Scripture and be aware of how these shape their daily lives.
  • Develop their ability to express their knowledge and understanding more clearly and effectively by beginning to use appropriate academic styles and conventions.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

Each module is one term in duration. Students can enrol for individual modules, one at a time.

Students are expected to attend at least 80% 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.

Each student will belong to a Formation Group where informal learning, support and prayer will take place. Formation Groups will meet twice a term. Students will also meet 1:1 with their tutor once a term for further individual support.

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.

English Language and Study Skills

English Language and study skills are integrated into 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

ANDERSON, B. The Living World of the Old Testament. London: Longmans, 1975
BRIGGS, R. Reading the Bible wisely SPCK 2003
BRUEGGEMANN, W.  The Psalms and the Life of Faith (ed. P. Miller) Fortress 1995
CROFT, S. and WALTON, R. Learning for Ministry, London, Church House Publishing 2005
DRANE, J. Introducing the Old Testament, Oxford, Lion 1987
HILL, J. The History of Christianity, Lion 2007
KNOWLES, A. The Bible Guide, Lion Hudson 2001 and 2006
LLOYD, M. Café Theology, Alpha
MARSHALL, H., TRAVIS, S. and PAUL, I. Exploring the New Testament, Volume 2: Letters and Revelation SPCK
TOMLIN, G. Looking through the Cross, Bloomsbury Publishing 2013
WENHAM, J. and WALTON, S. Exploring the New Testament, Volume1: Gospels and Acts, SPCK 2001
WILLIAMS, R. Tokens of Trust Canterbury Press 2007