Course Details for Post-Graduate Diploma in Theology
Semester 2, 2019
R144.830 The Epistle to the Philippians
The course involves a detailed discussion of the book of Philippians and its relevance for today. The course includes detailed analysis of the key critical issues related to the book; different views of central themes and rhetorical strategy; and detailed exegesis of the text. Attention is paid to secondary literature, especially recent secondary literature to foster interaction with current discussion. In addition, students are encouraged to relate the key issues in Philippians with the contemporary Christian scene today. Students will be encouraged to read a range of introductory material before the course generally acquainting them with the issues related to the interpretation of Philippians. These issues will be discussed in the first part of the lecture program. The remaining time will be spent working through the text of Philippians, pericope by pericope and verse by verse. At times there will be pauses to discuss an issue at hand in terms of the broader redemptive story, theology and especially the other letters of Paul. After each pericope time will be spent discussing and applying what has been presented to today’s world.
R201.830 Knowledge, Reality, and God: Theology and Western Thought
This course examines the challenges presented to Christian theology by key developments in Western thought. This course will closely examine the responses by Christian thinkers to the changing environments of western thought on such issues as rationalism, materialism and the ideology of the state. Extensive use will be made of primary works.
R216.830 Third Article Theology
Third Article Theology (TAT) is a new theological movement utilizing a distinctly pneumatological approach to developing Christian doctrine. By examining Christian beliefs and practices through the lens of the Spirit, it aims to equip the church to “act its age” – proclaiming a timely message appropriate for our current context, leading to practical applications for life, mission and ministry. In addition to the lecturers, the course will include sessions from leading TAT scholars from around the world.
R351.830 Postgraduate Research and Writing
This course focuses on methodology and practical aspects of advanced postgraduate research. Students will reflect on the theological, ethical and missiological implications of research whilst developing advanced skills and methods which will support a research project. A range of scholars will relate their own research experience and projects and students will engage with a number of contemporary approaches to critical research and writing. Students will develop and hone the skills of theological research and writing by designing and implementing a research project in the field of their interest.
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.
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.