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

Biblical Studies II


Hermeneutics (16 credits)

This module is comprised of two parts, namely Applied Hermeneutics and Theoretical Hermeneutics.

Part 1: Applied Hermeneutics: Reading from the Margins
Here students are introduced to the importance and value of reading the bible with others (i.e., the marginalised, whether women, children, the poor, the illiterate). The module enables the student both to recognise the value of being a trained reader and the responsibility to use such training in transformative, public, connected, dialogic and integrated ways. The module combines both theoretical and practical outcomes. The theoretical outcome of the module is achieved by defining who the others are and by laying the conceptual framework for what it means to read with others and how practically to do so. The practical outcome is achieved by assigning students to an actual reading site in which they will participate by applying the theoretical framework.

Part 2 : Theoretical Hermeneutics
In this part, the branch of knowledge know as hermeneutics is explored in greater detail. Concerned with the art and science of establishing meaning through interpretation, this part provides the necessary orientation for making sense of Scripture. This includes cultivating, in the student, an awareness of the otherness of Scripture, both in its form and in its content; surveying the richness of the many ways in which one might approach the Scriptures and thereby appropriate its meaning; and, offering some guidelines for sensitive engagement with the Scriptures towards establishing meaning. A significant amount of time is dedicated to examining biblical texts within their socio-rhetorical setting.


Pentateuch/Synoptic Gospels (16 credits)

These modules will be offered on a rotational basis, with only one module. – either Pentateuch or Synoptic Gospels – being offered every alternate year.

Pentateuch (2015)

This module is a focused study of the Torah (or Pentateuch) with particular attention given to the nature and character of these writings as Israel’s core testimony concerning Yahweh. Some attention is given to the theo-sociological motifs (Law and Justice, Gender, Political Deliverance, and Economics and the Poor) embedded within the Torah and the role of these motifs in community identity formation.

Synoptic Gospels

This module is a focused study of one of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke – Acts) within its historical and literacy context and places a significant emphasis on the descriptive task (exegesis of representative passages within the specified Gospel) to note distinctive theological themes. Special attention is also given to the synthetic task of locating the Gospel within the broader canon of the NT Gospels.


Practical Theology II


Christian Spirituality: Foundations (16 credits)

This module provides an introduction to Christian Spirituality as it has unfolded across time and explores different facets of contemporary spiritual life and practice. It surveys various forms of worship as expressions of the range of biblical and traditional understandings, and also examines the theory and practice of worship in contemporary communities of faith and life. This module also includes a compulsory tutorial for spiritual formation.


Public Theology II


Choose Peace Studies or Conflict Resolution plus Leadership Studies II


Peace Studies (8 credits)

The purpose of this module is to lay the foundation for biblical and contemporary theoretical approaches to reconciliation and peace-making. While this module introduces to student the various models of peace-making at interpersonal levels, it is more specifically aimed at exploring reconciliation in social and political settings. The module will be squarely located in the concrete realities of South Africa, paying specific attention to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). It will also explore themes such as forgiveness, restitution and re-humanisation in the context of communities of faith and in broader society.

Conflict Resolution (8 credits)

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to a foundation for a biblical and theological approach to conflict management that will guide church and community leaders in responding to interpersonal conflict both in the church and in the community. Students are introduced to the theory and practice of conflict resolution, equipping them with specific communication skills to enhance their relationships (interpersonal and intrapersonal). Students explore personal attitudes and approaches to conflict. This module makes use of case studies to assist students to reflect on the strategies, tactics and approaches used during conflict situations and emphasises the link between faith, communication, behaviour and conflict.


Leadership Studies II (8 credits)

In this module students engage in the application of leadership theory as it related to the three majors, namely Theology, Psychology and Community Development. Here students explore the practice of leadership in the context of the church, faith-based organisations and the public sector. Attention is given to issues such as the process of effectively utilising and developing human resources, sharing control and responsibility, teamwork, conflict management, strategic planning and managing diverse communication styles in the three areas of Theology, Psychology and Community Development.


Sociology II


Perspectives on Social Change and Transformation (16 credits)

This module reviews several perspectives on community development and the social transformation process. The overall objective is to acquire an understanding of and ability to apply community development as an approach towards providing essential skills needed to work in a diverse community and broken world in a spirit of love and reconciliation, justice and peace.

Sociology of Institutions (16 credits)

Sociological theory is applied to important institutions in society such as the family, religion, education and political institutions.


Choose between either Psychology II or Community Development II OR TESOL II


Psychology II


Family Counselling (16 credits)

In this module the student is introduced to counselling methodologies and techniques for individual and family counselling. This module will focus on characteristics of an effective counsellor, crisis counselling and specialised counselling needs. This module also provides a theoretical overview of family counselling. The student will practice intervention skills as a counsellor for individuals and families.

Psychotherapy (16 credits)

This module is an introduction to the theories, principles, and techniques of various current approaches to individual psychotherapy and group therapy. This module aims to provide the student with a basic understanding of group processes, group dynamics and the stages in group development. The module also seeks to provide students with skills to be able to plan and facilitate psycho-educational workshops and groups.


Community Development II


Sociology of Development (16 credits)

The aim of this module is to lay the conceptual foundation for further in-depth discussions on community development issues. The module will, therefore, introduce both macro theories pertaining to development and the basics of what we understand by community development. The underlying meaning of popular community development jargon will be critically revisited and debated to set the scene for further modules in community development. This module will also explore poverty as a development concern.

Community and Resource Mobilisation (16 credits)

The module seeks to introduce the learners to the conceptual framework for resource and community mobilisation, which are key activities within most development projects. Students will explore best practices and bad practices in regard to community and resource mobilisation, highlighting the value of community participation and the resource mobilisation environment as key components of the development process.




2A. TESOL Skills and Systems (16 credits)

This is an advanced module in the theory and practice of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Vocabulary acquisition, theory and practise will be taught. One significant unit of the module will cover English grammar and its role in language learning. While the focus is primarily on teaching adults, some attention will be given to teaching first and second additional language to young learners with particular reference to the South African curriculum. Students will spend two weeks of observing and teaching in a language classroom or specialist language school which could be before the commencement of the semester.

2B. TESOL Language Learning and Practice (16 credits)

This module will complete the process of preparing students to continue to grow as professionals and to make a contribution to the TESOL profession. Some skills needed to thrive in a cross-cultural context will be explored.

Students will understand and evaluate some of the theories and practices that inform language learning, teaching and professional practice. Teaching skills to be explored include language learning and acquisition, bilingualism and immersion, language, communication and culture and socio-linguistics. Skills and ethical issues related to living and teaching in a cross-cultural environment will also be investigated. Students will spend two weeks teaching under supervision in a cross-cultural setting.

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