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

Biblical Studies I

 

Biblical Studies I A (12 credits)

The first half of this module is designed to introduce the student to the nature, purpose and interpretative process related to the Scriptures. Attention is given to the historical backdrop of the Old and New Testaments, and to the development of the biblical canon (Jewish, Protestant and Catholic). Tracing the narrative trajectory of the Bible, this module is designed to equip students with a basic skill set necessary for the artful and faithful interpretation of the biblical text both within the church and public space.

In the second part of this module focus is given to tracing the scope of the Old Testament, as a shared testimony, concerning its central character, Yahweh. The module follows the ordering of the Hebrew Bible, with particular attention given to the Torah and Early Prophets. Attention is given to historical background, interpretive issues related to literary genre, and to the theological frame and narrative integrity of the Old Testament.

Biblical Studies I B (12 credits)

The first half of this module follows the trajectory set in Biblical Studies I and traces out the meaning and theological significance of the remaining books of the Old Testament. Here particular attention is given to Israel’s counter-testimony as recounted in the Latter Prophets and the Writings. Together with Biblical Studies I, this part of biblical Studies II sets the scene for the study of the New Testament covered in the second half of this module.

In the second half of this module,students are introduced to the scope of the New Testament, as the testimony of the early Church, concerning the crucified and resurrected Jesus. The module follows the canonical order of the New Testament. Attention is given to historical background, interpretive issues related to literary genre, and to the theology and narrative integrity of the New Testament.

 

Systematic Theology I

 

Worldviews and Critical Thinking (12 credits)

This module provides a general introduction to worldviews, paying particular attention to Western philosophy, its influence on theology and the shaping of our world. Within the framework of worldview, students acquire critical thinking skills in order to become critical readers, recognizing the importance of social, political, ideological and theological location. Key focus areas include the evaluation of others’ arguments, developing thesis statements and arguments, developing reasoning skills and practicing research-based academic writing while exploring the theoretical underpinnings of worldview.

 

Practical Theology I

 

Ethics (12 credits)

The Ethics module is designed to help the student build a Christian world and life view. Students are exposed to ethical theories that enable them to reflect on ways in which to respond to current moral, intellectual and social questions. With a theoretical foundation in place, students explore the application and implication of a Christian ethical System for Christian Ministry, Psychology, and Community Development.

 

Public Theology I

 

Theological Integration (6 credits)

This module is designed to introduce students to the concept of integration and its implication both for Christian faith and praxis , and for the relationship between the disciplines of theology, psychology, and community development. The module frames these disciplines within their respective branches of knowledge, inviting students to consider how each discipline operates within a particular worldview. Students explore the necessity of moving from a compartmentalised understanding of their faith and vocation to thinking and living in ways that reflect integration between their faith life and their work life.

Introduction to Public Theology (6 credits)

This module provides students with an introduction to the discipline of Public Theology, focusing on the contact points between Christian faith and public life. Students learn about the interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary nature of Public theology, exploring how theological discourse demands intellectually and practically rigorous engagement with the range of contextual issues in contemporary society.

 

The Bible and Economics (6 credits)

This module introduces the student to the importance and value of reading the Bible with contextual sensitivity to the socio-economic realities of both the ancient and contemporary worlds. It does so by paying attention to the world behind and of the biblical text and to the contemporary world in front of the text. The module is designed to engage students in critical reflection on the role and implications of the bible for economic theory and practise by drawing attention to the intersection of religion/theology and economic systems. It therefore pay particular attention to the ways in which the Christian tradition has been used both to underwrite and undermine systems of economic oppression and wrestles with how best to allow the biblical text to inform our understanding about the purpose of economics in a biblically and theologically integrated way.

Leadership Studies I (6 credits)

The purpose of this module is to provide a biblically and theoretically grounded overview of leadership. It addresses the following aspects of leadership: character formation, leadership styles/ models. leadership theory, and personal development.

 

Sociology I

 

Introduction to Sociology (12 credits)

This module introduces students to sociological interpretation and its linkages with other knowledge sources on society and social reality. It provides an overview of what sociologists study, the methods they use, the different ways of thinking (paradigms) within sociology as well as the key terminology (concepts) that serve as analytical tools to tackle the more challenging issues in society.

Diversity Studies (12 credits)

This module explores the ways identity shapes and is shaped by diversity in terms of culture and gender, and the effects of diverse understandings of identity on groups, communities and social relations. A fundamental objective of the module will be to identify ways to promote mutual understanding, tolerance and cooperation among communities.

 

Electives: Psychology I or TESOL I

 

Psychology I

 

Developmental Psychology I (12 credits)

This module provides an overview of the major theories of Developmental Psychology. It aims to help the student understand the models of human development from conception to death and dying, to address contemporary concerns in life-span development, and to enhance the awareness of methodological approaches by which human development is investigated.

Introduction to Psychology (12 credits)

A survey of persons, ideas, and principles in the scientific studies of human behaviour is given. The historical development and current status of psychology and investigative activities and significant findings are reviewed. The module identifies and explains factors of personality, together with patterns of abnormal behaviour. The module also examines the interface between sociology and social psychology.

 

TESOL I

 

1A. TESOL Introduction (12 credits)

This is designed as a stand-alone module as well as an introduction to the TESOL specialisation within the BA and BTh. It also serves as an introduction to teaching additional languages other than English. Students are introduced to the four language skills, namely, listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as grammar and vocabulary systems. Method, language learning theory, classroom dynamics and learner needs are explored. Trainees learn to plan, execute and evaluate a short lesson. Students will be required to spend 10 hours observing in a language classroom.

1B. TESOL Methodology (12 credits)

Language teaching methods as they have developed in the 20th and 21st centuries will be presented and evaluated. Students will develop their own eclectic teaching philosophy. Learner needs will be examined with particular reference to the South African and African contexts. Prescribed books and other teaching tools will be introduced. Students will produce and evaluate their own materials. Students will learn how to apply their understanding of methodology, learner needs and teaching tools, to plan and execute lessons that meet learner needs. Students will spend seven days in a language classroom observing and teaching under supervision.

 

Information Skills

 

Research and Study Skills (Cognician) (4 credits)

This module enables a student to develop their critical thinking ability in order to source and evaluate academic material. Students will understand plagiarism and referencing and learn to write and reference a structured academic paper. This is primarily facilitated through an online programme called Cognition.

Computer Skills (4 credits)

Through doing this module students will learn to use a computer for emails, internet, word processing, spreadsheet development and electronic presentation suites. This will enable students to access the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) known as Funda, which is used by Cornerstone for communication with lecturers and administrative purposes, as well as research and submission of assignments.

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