Open Distance Learning: Theology Programmes

Theology Programmes

The Unit for Open Distance Learning offers the following qualifications programmes in Theology:

All the candidates who follow these programmes are students of the NWU and are subjected to the same benefits and responsibilities, economically and otherwise, as students on the campus.

These programmes will, however, also by offered at various other theological institutions with which the Faculty of Theology has co-operation agreements.  These agreements are also honoured by the Unit for Open Distance Learning.

The Qualification Programmes

BTH in Biblical Studies

Fundamental introduction to and overview of Christian Theology and Ministry, focusing on Biblical Studies (OT and NT). This curriculum articulates upwards to Honours BA in Theology or Biblical Studies.

Programme outcomes

Students who obtain BTh Biblical Studies are generally able to do the following independently:

  • show that their orientation to Christian Theology and Ministry is sound
  • read and interpret the Old and New Testament in the original languages through the use of tools and with consideration of the original context. This implies that they are able to do the following:
  • show that they have insight into the Specific Canonics and the revelational significance of all the Bible books
  • exploit any theme from the perspective of Revelation History in the Bible
  • do exegesis of any pericope in a Bible book with a view to the ministry of the Word (preaching, catechesis and pastoral counselling).

 

BTh in Church Planting

Fundamental introduction to and overview of Christian Theology and Ministry, focusing on Missiology and Practical Theology.  This curriculum articulates upwards to Honours BA in Theology.

Programme outcomes

Students who obtain BTh in Church Planting are generally able to do the following independently:

  • show that their orientation to Christian Theology and Ministry is sound
  • read and interpret the Old and New Testament in the original languages through the use of tools and with consideration of the original context. This implies that they are able to do the following:
  • show that they have insight into the Specific Canonics and revelation significance of most Bible books and are able to study the rest the books from this perspective
  • exploit any theme from the perspective of Revelation History in the Bible
  • do exegesis of any pericope in a Bible book with a view to the ministry of the Word (preaching, catechesis and pastoral counselling)
  • integrate basic theoretical principles for various missionary situations in their own approach to church planting
  • take the first step at a practical-theoretical level in the planning and implementation of a church-planting project.

BTh in Church Ministry

Fundamental introduction to and overview of Christian Theology and Ministry, focusing on Practical Theology. This curriculum articulates upwards to Honours BA in Theology.

Programme outcomes

  • Students who obtain BTh Church Ministry are generally able to do the following independently:
  • show that their orientation to Christian Theology and Ministry is sound
  • read and interpret the Old and New Testament in the original languages through the use of tools and with consideration of the original context. This implies that they are able to do the following:
  • show that they have insight into the Specific Canonics and revelation significance of most Bible books and are able to study the rest the books from this perspective
  • exploit any theme from the perspective of Revelation History in the Bible
  • do exegesis of any pericope in a Bible book with a view to the ministry of the Word (preaching, catechesis and pastoral counselling)
  • integrate basic theoretical principles for the fields of work in the church with their own approach to church ministry
  • formulate and implement basic theories for the practice of church ministry

 

BTh in Theological Fundamentals

Fundamental introduction to and overview of Christian Theology and Ministry, focusing on Dogmatics, Ethics and Church and Dogma History.  This curriculum articulates upwards to Honours BA in Theology.

Programme outcomes

  • Students who obtain BTh Theological Foundations are generally able to do the following independently:
  • show that their orientation to Christian Theology and Ministry is sound
  • read and interpret the Old and New Testament in the original languages through the use of tools and with consideration of the original context. This implies that they are able to do the following:
  • show that they have insight into the Specific Canonics and revelation significance of most Bible books and are able to study the rest the books from this perspective
  • exploit any theme from the perspective of Revelation History in the Bible
  • do exegesis of any theme or problem with a view to the systematisation of the revelation in the Bible, and evaluate existing dogmas on this basis

 

BTh

* This programme is offered only through distance learning for students at off-campus learning centres with which the Faculty has an agreement.

Programme outcomes

On the basis of a basic introduction to and overview of Christian Theology, the student should be able to:

  • function effectively in facets of one or more of the following: valid interpretation and application of the Bible (with tools), ecclesiastical ministry, pastoral counselling, ethical orientation and establishment of values, community development
  • function in a multicultural and international context
  • register for Honours BA Theology

 

HONS BA in Theology

Hons BA (Theology) is an advanced qualification in Christian Theology, which progresses from a first degree in Theology/Biblical Studies or an equivalent qualification.  The study can be conducted either full time or part time.

Programme outcomes

On the basis of intermediate advanced teaching and learning in Christian Theology, students should be able to:

  • function effectively in facets of the following: valid interpretation and application of the Bible (with tools), ecclesiastical ministry, pastoral counselling, ethical orientation and establishment of values, community development
  • function in a multicultural and international context
  • register for an MA in Theology

 

 

 

Updated 1/10/13 by Jacques Pienaar