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Practical and Social Theology Course Units

General Humanities

AS4100 Communications 1

An examination of aspects of communication including communication skills, communication through public speaking, and communication through the media.

AS4110 Communications 2: Faith and the Media

Further development of communication theory and skills: The student will investigate how Christians can and should engage the various broadcast media forms, and will examine their appropriateness for faith-based communication.

AS4120 English Literature 1

A survey of English Literature from Beowulf to Jane Austen which reads literature with critical perception, through awareness of historical context and of literary genre.

AS4130 English Literature 2

A study of a wide range of 19th and 20th century writers in English.

AS4140 Modern British History

A study of political, social, economic and cultural trends and developments, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Europe with particular attention to Britain.

AS4160 Introduction to Western Thought

A broad historical survey of the development of western philosophy and some contemporary world views as a general background to the study of theology.

AS4170 Group Work

To introduce students to the theory and concepts of group work, and develop competence and experience in working with and in groups in multiple settings.

AS5210 Theological German 1

To to introduce students to the German language as a foundation for academic study of German texts.

AS5220 Theological German 2

To build on the foundation established in AS5210, to reach the stage where students can undertake the academic study of German texts.

AS5280 Management

To explore and develop the philosophy, skills, and practices of management and supervision of organisations and individuals required for professional engagement in youth work and ministry in and beyond Christian settings.

AS6300 Research Methods – BA Dissertation

Supports the student through the BA dissertation, from formulating the proposal to final submission.

Social Theology

ST4140 Understanding Communities

A consideration of the value of a community audit. This double unit will develop skills to enable the student to be able to conduct a simple audit to acquire community information and apply this to the life of the church.

ST4150 Youth and Community Work and Ministry: Essentials

This unit will help the student to examine the historical development of youth and community work and ministry, including current issues and policies; explore methodologies and styles of youth and community work and ministry; identify curriculum models; develop an awareness of political and theological perspectives on youth and community; and gain an understanding of the professional standards expected in the National Occupational Standards and professional validation bodies.

ST4160 Human Identity and Transformation

An exploration of the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual transformation of people (identity and development) through the lenses of theology and the social sciences.

PT4170 Power and Opportunity

The primary focus will be on learning through reflection on experience, study, learning and personal growth. Through the course method of paired listening and self-directed study, student will be encouraged to explore themselves, their values, their practice, power dynamics, other people’s perspectives and relevant theory from a range of authors with the aim of helping students to explore ways of working which fosters equality of opportunity, respect, autonomy and human well-being.

ST4180 Contexts of Mission

An introduction to identifying contexts of mission (primarily in the UK) through evaluating contextualisation issues, current trends and localised factors. The course will enable students to learn how to identify diverse contexts and challenges of mission and respond through appropriate methods and relevant organisational structures.

ST5200 Christian and Religious Education

A survey of the foundations of Christian Education from the perspectives of Theology, Psychology and Sociology, the educational needs of different age-groups and the role of the family, the church and the state in Christian education.

ST5250 Religions in Contemporary Britain

An introduction to the theme of religion from the perspective of the social sciences with particular attention to the religious characteristics of multicultural Britain.

ST5260 Youth and Community Work and Ministry: Approaches

This unit will explore the methods used in the practice of youth and community work and ministry. Examples of relevant approaches include: group work exercises, one-to-one work, and mentoring.

PT5260 Youth Work (pre-2016 entry)

An exploration of the philosophical basis, aims and ethics of youth work, to set the foundations for understanding the core values of youth work.

ST6300 Missiology Seminar

A seminar dealing with a range of topics in Mission Studies. Prerequisite: ST6304.

ST6301 Ethics

A survey of some basic approaches to ethical decision-making with particular attention given to the characteristics of Christian ethics.

ST6305 Social Justice

An exploration of the basis for social responsibility in the context of the mission of the church.

ST6303 Cross-Cultural Ministry

A critical examination of the nature of culture, cultural bias and social environment in the context of Christian ministry.

ST6304 Missiology

A critical examination of the biblical and theological presuppositions of mission and their effect on the methods and strategies of mission.

ST6330 Islam in Contemporary Britain

A consideration of modern Islam, particularly in Britain. Prerequisite: ST5260 or permission of the lecturer.

ST6340 Contemporary Judaism

An examination of modern Judaism particularly in its post- Holocaust developments in the UK. Prerequisite: ST5260 or permission of the lecturer.

ST6320 Strategy and Management

An examination of youth work principles and practice, a study of statutory youth work, and an introduction to community resources for adolescents.

ST6350 Youth and Community Work and Ministry: Applications

This unit will explore how the values and practices associated with youth and community work and ministry may be applied in various types of work. Examples of relevant applications include: working with children; community development; adult learning; detached work and school’s work.

ST6360 Youth Work in the Community (pre-2016 entry)

An examination of youth work principles and practice, a study of statutory youth work, and an introduction to community resources for adolescents.

ST6370 Informal Education

An examination of the concepts and practices of Informal Education and their relevance and application to youth work.

ST4190/6390 Contemporary Issues

A critical examination of a contemporary issue from a Christian perspective.

Practical Theology

PT4103 Theories and Strategies of Evangelism

An examination of holistic approaches to evangelism, and a critical reflection on the Church’s approaches to evangelism.

PT4130 Spiritual Formation

A study of the voluntary responses of the individual believer to the saving grace of God in Christ which in turn results in a conscious relationship with God through the indwelling Holy Spirit and is demonstrated in the community of believers and to the world.

PT4140 Foundations for Urban Ministry

To develop critical awareness of the need for urban ministry to the poor and working classes, minority groups, marginalised urban residents, and other urban dwellers.

PT4170 Youth and Pastoral Care 1 (pre-2016 entry)

Basic principles and application of pastoral care, specifically related to adolescents; an introduction to support resources and agencies.

PT4180 Understanding People

This unit will draw on perspectives of theology and the social sciences to enable students to understand and critically reflect on models of human development and community development within the context of youth and community work and Christian ministry.

PT4191 Professional Practice 1 (pre-2016 entry)

Critical reflection on a variety of issues which arise in a placement setting, to develop competencies in group analysis and facilitation.

PT4192 Preparing for Professional Practice

This unit introduces students to the professional requirements and skills involved in youth and community practice. This includes personal time management, critical and theological reflection on practice, safeguarding and child protection, ethical expectations, health and safety and continual professional development.

PT4193 Youth and Community Work Placement 1

This unit provides students with the opportunity to learn the initial skills involved in youth and community work and ministry whilst undertaking supervised practice and classroom-based learning.

PT5203 Preaching

A combination of sermon laboratory and sermon clinic followed by critical evaluation of content, construction and delivery.

PT5210 Pastoral Care and Theology

An introduction to Christian pastoral care principles and techniques, with a particular focus on the local congregation.

PT5220 Growing Healthy Churches

An examination of the growth and development of the local congregation from the perspective of Church Growth theory.

PT5280 Supporting People

Students will consider philosophical, theological, counselling and developmental concepts and seek to integrate them into a holistic model of pastoral care specifically related to adolescents. The implications of the module for practice in a placement setting will be examined throughout the unit.

PT5250 Church Polity and Practice

A consideration of church polity and practice, with particular attention to church regulation, administration, and ritual.

PT5270 Youth & Pastoral Care 2 (pre-2016 entry)

A study of the theological foundations for pastoral care, and their application for working with adolescents. Prerequisite: PT4170.

PT5291 Professional Practice 2 (pre-2016 entry)

Critical reflection on issues which arise in a placement setting, to develop competencies in group analysis and facilitation, enhance group working skills and reinforce best practice.

PT5292 Alternative Placement

This unit provides students with the opportunity to develop the skills involved in youth and community work and ministry whilst undertaking supervised practice in a setting distinctly different to their other placement(s). Prerequisites: PT4192, PT4193.

PT5293 Youth and Community Work Placement 2

This unit provides students with the opportunity to learn the intermediate skills involved in youth and community work and ministry whilst undertaking supervised practice and classroom-based learning. Prerequisites: PT4192, PT4193.

PT5330 Marriage and the Family

A study of the functions and structures of the family within society.

PT5299 Practice-Based Learning

This course gives students the opportunity to undertake field-based learning in a supervised ministry environment.

PT6305 New Forms of Church

An exploration and evaluation of new models of Church, and the theological issues that shape them, to enable students to develop skills and practices that allow them to engage in this aspect of mission.

PT6310 Christian Leadership

A consideration of issues of administration in the local church or parachurch agency and leadership in church and community.

PT6320 Starting Healthy Churches

A critical examination of church planting as a major strategy for church growth.

PT6370 Worship and Sacraments

An examination of the nature and form of Christian worship including specific attention to hymnology and church music.

PT6380 Socialisation (pre-2016 entry)

A study and critique of incarnational and relational approaches to enabling young people to understand themselves and be integrated into broader communities (including faith-based communities).

PT6393 Youth and Community Work Placement 3

This unit provides students with the opportunity to learn the professional-level skills involved in youth and community work and ministry whilst undertaking supervised practice and classroom-based learning. Prerequisites: PT4192, PT4193, PT5293.

PT6394 Urban Ministry Project

A semester-long attachment to a local urban church or parachurch organisation.

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