Studying Christian Theology

MA in Christian Thought and Practice
COURSE UNIT 430

UNIT DESCRIPTION

This unit provides a critical examination of various approaches to the theological task. It also explores the potential of an integrated approach to the process of doing theology, which gives due weight to Scripture, tradition and culture. Key themes, such as soteriology, Christology and the doctrine of the Trinity, will be outlined and critically explored. These central themes will help to demonstrate the relevance of theology’s critical and constructive tasks. This focus upon specific doctrinal loci will further demonstrate the value of drawing upon the resources of Scripture, tradition and culture. The unit provides foundations for thinking theologically and critically, and enables students to deepen their appreciation of mainstream Christian belief.

Aims

The aim of this unit is a critical examination of various approaches to studying Christian theology. It explores some central Christian doctrines drawing upon the resources of Scripture, tradition and culture.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • demonstrate and articulate how Scripture, tradition and culture contribute to an understanding of central Christian doctrines
  • explore and evaluate some key elements of orthodox Trinitarian faith
Intellectual skills
  • evaluate different approaches to the theological task
  • discuss in an informed manner theology’s critical and constructive tasks
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • use IT and computer skills to effectively support research
  • integrate different theories of, and approaches to Christian theology within a reflexive framework in the students’ own context
  • evaluate relevant literature and communicate ideas clearly in a reasoned and coherent manner

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • A written assignment

2000 words (or equivalent)

n/a
Summative:
  • An essay

5000 words

100%
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Studying Christian Theology

MA in Christian Thought and Practice
Course Unit 430

Credits:

30

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Rev. Dotha N. Blackwood

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