Course Details for Post-Graduate Diploma in Theology
Semester 2, 2022
R149.830 Jesus in a World of Colliding Empires
Jesus entered history into a world that had been characterised by colliding empires for centuries. He came to establish God’s reign undoing expectations and reframing what imperial power looks like forever. This course will explore Mark’s Gospel in depth, considering how Jesus does this. We will track the implications of this not only from Mark, but the NT. We will be challenged to truly embrace God’s understandings of power and empire and be the people God dreams us to be.
R233.830 Spirit Christology and Models of Sanctification for Ministry
The contemporary field of Spirit Christology, which looks at the Holy Spirit's role in the life and mission of Jesus Christ, has focused on questions concerning Trinitarian theology, Christology, salvation in Christ, and to some extent life in Christ. This course extends the research in this field in a practical direction by asking how the same Spirit who dwells in Christ and guides him in his life and mission shapes the lives of his disciples today. Such a question yields a models-based theology of sanctification informed by a Christ-shaped approach to personal growth, ministry and witness. Through the study of five models of sanctification grounded in scriptural, patristic, reformation and contemporary narratives of life in Christ, students will learn to humbly discern and articulate theologically the movement of the Spirit of Christ in their own lives, and vocations in church and world.
R361.830 Research Paper
Dependent on supervisor availability. This course offers a student a supervised research essay on an approved topic in an aspect of Theology and/or related discipline. Students can apply to the Head of Theology for enrolment in this course upon the successful completion of R351.830 Postgraduate Research and Writing.
R506.830 Restorative Justice
There have always been debates about the definition, meaning and requirements of justice. In recent times, these debates have become even more fractious and complicated, with some thinkers simply concluding that, “nobody knows what justice is.” Christians have something important to contribute to this discussion, for the biblical tradition reflects deeply and pervasively on the character of justice, and particularly on the restoring justice of God. This course will explore key themes in biblical teaching on justice, human rights and peace-making, and reflect on their concrete application today, both in society and the church, especially through the use of restorative justice principles and practices.
R508.830 Reflective Practice for Ministry
The capacity to reflect on our experience is a key skill that enables us to develop as practitioners in any field of vocation, including Christian ministry. This course is for people who are active in ministry, in either churches or community organisations, who want to deepen their practice and flourish in ministry. Students will learn to critically evaluate their ministry context, to develop practices of discernment and habits of mind that produce resilience over the long-term, and to understand what they bring to their ministry role from their own personality and as a participant in community. The course is delivered through a range of seminars, workshops, reflections and fieldwork activities, and all learning is grounded in the student’s own ministry context.
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.