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Course Details for Graduate Certificate in Theology

Distance Learning campus

Semester 1, 2021

111.615 Biblical Interpretation

Joey Millington

This course is an introduction to biblical interpretation, grammatico-historical exegesis, biblical genres, historical developments, historical-critical and literary-critical methods, and hermeneutical considerations, including hands-on experience in exegeting biblical texts.

123.615/715 Old Testament: Eighth Century Prophets

Phil Church

This course examines the nature of Old Testament prophecy, the language of prophecy, and the eighth century prophets with special reference to the book of Amos. Either a) exegesis of selections of the English text of Amos, or b) translation and exegesis of selections of the Hebrew text of Amos.

202.615/715 Theology: Christ and Revelation

Myk Habets, Taryn Dryfhout

This course examines traditional and contemporary theologies of the person and work of Christ, theology of revelation and Scripture.

210.615/715 Faith Has Its Reasons: Christian Apologetics Today

Dr Bob Robinson

This course looks at such issues as: the appeals to reason, evidence, experience, revelation and faith in apologetics: the role of 'points of contact': popular excuses for avoiding or rejecting Christianity: the existence of God; the problems of evil and suffering; alternatives to the Christian faith in a pluralist world; the relationship of the faith to the wider spheres of human knowledge - especially history, the social sciences and scientific method; the debates over creation and evolution; the central roles of Christ and Christian Scripture. The course aims both at answering objections and also at building bridges for the Gospel of Christ.

211.615/715 Theology: Ethics

Dr Stephen Garner

This course introduces students to ethical decision-making and Christian ethics, including the biblical underpinnings of ethics, morality, justice, and virtue. It is also an introduction to individual and social ethics, and concepts of justice, virtue and vice.

307.615/715 History of New Zealand Christianity

Luke Goodwin

This course is an in-depth survey of the development of Christianity in Aotearoa New Zealand, from the arrival of Samuel Marsden in 1814 until the present day.

406.615/715 Historical and Contemporary Models of Spirituality

Ryan Lang

This course explores a variety of significant traditions within Christian spirituality, including their biblical and historical origins, and considers their contribution to spiritual life in the contemporary world.

464.615 Leadership Dynamics

Graeme Flett

This course explores interpersonal dynamics in leadership. Leadership theory meets practice through the experience of ministry, mentoring, specific models of reflective practice, an examination of the student’s own leadership style and integrative tutorials with a specific focus on communication, group dynamics and leadership styles.

511.615/715 Pastoral Care in Community

Alan Thomson

This course is an introduction to the principles and practices of pastoral care in, through and beyond the local church. The course is grounded in vision of community as a paradigm for transformation and carries a fundamental commitment to care of the whole person. Within this relational frame, various approaches to pastoral care, care in life’s stages and transitions as well as care of the carers will be explored.

585.715 Research Topic

Myk Habets

This full-year course provides an opportunity for preparing an extended research paper of 6,000 – 8,000 words on a topic not specifically covered elsewhere in a student’s programme of study in their final year. It requires the development of research skills and the ability to present a sustained argument on an issue of some complexity. A Research Topic may be proposed in any subject area. Only one Research Topic may be credited to a BMin, a BTheol or a GradDipTh. The research topic may only be undertaken with the approval of the Head of School.

617.615/715 Mercy, Justice and Social Transformation

Alan Thomson

This course identifies the theological and global realities of suffering, injustice and need. It affirms the holistic nature of God’s mission to the world and the call to express mercy and justice, seeking to bring social transformation through community, national and international aid and development. This course seeks to develop creative approaches to holistic social transformation through engagement with theology, history and contemporary interventions.

This timetable is correct at the time of publication; however the College reserves the right to cancel courses, or alter lecture times should circumstances arise. Up to date information is available at any time by contacting the College.