BTH in Community Leadership (Community Development major) | Advanced Level

Biblical Studies III

Biblical and Contemporary Worldviews (12 credits)

This module looks to the necessity and importance of an integrative approach to responding to a range of critical issues of relevance for both the church and public space. Within a worldview framework, students wrestle with contemporary issues – including personhood, community belonging, power, economics and education and the intersection of these issues – from a biblical and theological perspective.

Old Testament Writings/Prophets (12 credits)

These modules will be offered on a rotational basis, with only one module – either Old Testament Writings or Prophets – being offered every alternate year.

Old Testament Writings (2015)
The study and meaning of wisdom in the literature of the Old Testament are investigated. Special attention will be given to the nature of Hebrew poetry, literary structure and the importance of developing a biblical theology of the wisdom writings. Exegesis of representative passages is included.

This module is comprised of two parts, namely Early Prophets and Latter Prophets. Part 1: Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings provide the basis for a survey of Israel’s history from conquest to exile. Special emphasis is given to the investigation of the relationship between Israel’s historical traditions and its theological appropriation of these traditions around such themes as election, law, the land and leadership. Part 2 : The literary structure and theological significance of the latter prophets are examined with attention being given to seeing the prophets within their own historical context and in light of the New Testament. Exegesis of representative passages is included.

Johannine Writings/Pauline Writings (12 credits)

These modules will be offered on a rotational basis, with only one module – either Johannine Writings or Pauling Writings – being offered every alternate year.

Johannine Writings (2015)
This module is a focused study of the writings attributed to John – the Gospel of John, the Letters of John, and the Apocalypse of John. Students will examine these writings by attending to the testimony they render concerning the crucified and resurrected Christ. Attention is given to the issues of authorship, literary and rhetorical structure, theological motifs, with a view to understanding their vision and purpose both within their ancient and the contemporary church settings.

Pauline Writings
This is a focused module designed to provide students with points of orientation for understanding Paul and the letters attributed to him. The module enables students to navigate the Pauline Writings by setting both Paul (as author, pastor and missionary) and his letters within their historical, socio-cultural, theological, exegetical and ecclesiological setting. Within this matrix, students read and engage text within the body of the Pauline Writings.

Practical Theology III

Christian Spirituality: Formation (12 credits)

This module is designed to explore how people make meaning out of life’s experiences. The primary theory of James W Fowler is given special attention. Consideration is also given to the application of this theory to the general areas of developmental psychology, the theology of christian formation and maturity. Additionally, students explore meaningful ways in which to bring together the theory and practice of christian spiritual formation. This module also includes a compulsory tutorial for spiritual formation.

Sociology III

Community Research Methods (12 credits)

This module aims to orientate the student to community based research (, techniques and methodologies), with the goal of helping a community identify an issue or problem, collect and analyse information, and act upon the problem in order to find solutions and to promote economic, social and political development/transformation. The module will also review methodologies and approaches appropriate to community based participatory research.

Community Development in Practice (12 credits)

This module covers the field of development from a sociological point of view with an emphasis on both the theoretical and practical facets of the developmental process. These themes will be related to current development challenges in SA and will be studied against the background of global trends as well as specific community issues. Whilst strong emphasis will be placed on a holistic and people-centred orientation to development theory and praxis, the economic prerequisites and requirements for development will also be stressed. Theoretical insights will be translated into skills required for hands-on community development.

Organisational Development (12 credits)

Organisational Development explores the theory and practice of management in the context of the church and other community-based and faith-based organisations. The management component of the module will examine practical issues such as managing change, strategic planning and human resource management.

Senior Project Paper (12 credits)

This module provides an opportunity for final-year Sociology students to research and write a major paper about a topic of interest in their field.


Community Development Fieldwork (24 credits)

Fieldwork is a practical, community-based extension of the academic programme in a defined module of study in Community Development. Fieldwork is a multidisciplinary application of what has been learned theoretically. It measures the practical capabilities of the student within a field or sphere of learning.

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