Theological Enquiry and Interpretation

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 402

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The unit introduces the ethos and opportunities of studying theology at Master’s level. The process of doing theology is approached from two sides: theological reflection on situations in ministry or aspects of culture, and the creative construction of models for thinking and practice, appropriate to the contemporary world, on the basis of theology’s classic sources. It highlights the processes and arts of interpretation as central to theology, from whichever aspect it is approached: interpretation of the Bible, of Christian tradition, doctrine and experience, and of culture. It builds on undergraduate-level study of theology by exposing more of the roots, presuppositions and philosophy of the discipline. It provides the foundation for the Master’s in Theology programme, whether students are taking the general Advanced Christian Studies pathway or the more specialist pathways in biblical and doctrinal, radical free church, historical or practical dimensions, by accentuating the theological demands and implications of each.

Aims

To survey and analyze the field of theological study as Master’s students are expected to engage with it, and especially to elucidate the tasks of interpretation which are inherent in the practices of theological reflection and constructive theology.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • articulate the tasks of theological reflection and constructive theology
  • analyze the processes of interpretation involved in these tasks
Intellectual skills
  • identify appropriate sources for the construction of contemporary theology
  • interpret ‘texts’ from Scripture, tradition, experience and culture with critical insight
  • make coherent connections between different sources of theology
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • use IT and computer skills to effectively support research
  • select from a range of sources those most relevant to a particular Master’s level investigation in theology
  • critique sources and use independent judgement in a way appropriate to Master’s level
  • present written work to a professional standard appropriate for Master’s level

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • Class presentation on topic chosen for essay

10 minutes

n/a
Summative:
  • One essay

4000 words

100%
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Theological Enquiry and Interpretation

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 402

Credits:

15

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

150

Tutor:

Dr Stephen I. Wright

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