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(offered by the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Theology) Telephone number 012 429 4329 and 012 429 4420

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Introduction

The study of theology is not only intended to produce scholars who can interpret the Bible and understand the contextual rootedness of all theologies. It also wants to produce congregational leaders who have the knowledge and skills to give direction to the life of a Christian community. Without the ability to translate biblical and theological insights into concrete actions of service and guidance, theology does not fulfil its calling. The modules grouped together in this “track” represent primarily the disciplines of Practical Theology and Theological Ethics. The intended outcomes of the modules in this “track” are to enable students to: develop an integrated understanding of Christian theology; strengthen dynamic processes in a congregation; communicate effectively within a congregation; be involved in faith formation; apply management and leadership principles in a church context; foster the development of different forms of spirituality; evaluate theological approaches to sexuality, strengthen the ability of congregations to serve their surrounding communities; and to foster empirical research with regard to the above themes.

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General Information
A revised BTh curriculum comes into effect on 1 January 2009. In this new BTh curriculum, modules offered by different disciplines are still organised according to four Tracks, namely, Scripture Studies (SCR), Theologies in Context (TIC), Congregational Ministry (CGM) and Community Ministry (CMM). However, some modules have been moved to another track and others are no longer offered. Please consult the chapter entitled The Degree of Bachelor of Theology in Part 5 of the Calendar for a complete list of the equivalent modules in the new curriculum that replace the modules in the old curriculum. Also consult the transitional arrangements from the old to the new BTh curriculum provided by each of the four Tracks in this Calendar (Part 2), namely, Scripture Studies (SCR), Theologies in Context (TIC), Congregational Ministry (CGM) and Community Ministry (CMM). As from 2009, a semester format is being phased in for the undergraduate modules in the BTh degree. The volume of work in each module remains the same, but is concentrated into a semester instead of stretching over a year.

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Transitional Arrangements
Students will retain credits for all modules passed under the old BTh curriculum. CGM301S and CGM306X have been discontinued The following modules have been moved from one track to another. A student has the option of retaining credit for it under the former track or transferring it to the new track Former code New code CMM 2603 CGM 3704

CGM310T CMM305X

NB To obtain a major in the CGM track a student needs to obtain 9 modules in the track: two at level 5, three at level 6, and four at level 7. One of the four modules at level 7 is the compulsory “capstone” module (BTH3720). This module must be completed in the final year of BTh studies and if a student is majoring in one or two tracks, it must form part of a major in one of those tracks. For full details, consult the chapter entitled The Degree of Bachelor of Theology in Part 5 of the Calendar. New students enrolling for the BTh in 2009 and students who have completed 8 or less of the following modules (SCR111, SCR 112, TIC111, TIC 112, CGM 111, CGM112, CMM 111P, CMM112) by the end of 2008, will automatically switch to the new curriculum in 2009. See Table 1 below. For students who have completed nine (9) or more modules in the old curriculum of the “comprehensive” BTh by the end of 2008, the following transitional arrangement will apply (see Table 2 below): In order to obtain the BTh degree, a student will be required to pass 10 first-level (level 5) modules and a total of 20 modules at level 6 and 7 (formerly called “advanced level” modules). These 20 modules need to be placed in the four BTh tracks but may also be in the fifth (“other”) track (containing modules from non-theological subjects), provided that: a) no less than 2 “advanced” (level 6 or 7) modules are taken in each of the BTh tracks; b) no more than 7 “advanced level” modules are taken in any one track; c) the capstone module (BTH3720) is counted as one of the seven “advanced level” modules, if one is majoring in a particular BTh track. For full details, consult the chapter entitled The Degree of Bachelor of Theology in Part 5 of the Calendar. Students who by the end of 2008 have completed nine (9) or more modules in the specialised BTh programmes in Pastoral Counselling or Urban Ministry, should consult the transitional arrangements set out in part 5 of the Calendar in the chapter entitled The Degree of Bachelor of Theology. TABLE 1 Transitional arrangements for new students (and students who have completed 8 or less BTh modules at the end of 2008 in the ‘comprehensive’ BTh) who wish to major in the Congregational Ministry track Module passed in former curriculum Equivalent modules that may not be taken in new curriculum Level 5 CGM111N CGM1501 CGM1502 Modules required to complete each level of the major in the Congregational Ministry track

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Module passed in former curriculum

Equivalent modules that may not be taken in new curriculum CGM1502 Level 6

Modules required to complete each level of the major in the Congregational Ministry track CGM1501 Level 6 (All three modules listed below) CGM2601 CGM2602 CGM2603

CGM112P Level 6

Level 7

Level 7

Level 7 The capstone module and any three modules listed below CGM3701 CGM3702 CGM3703 CGM3704 CGM3705 BTH 3720 (compulsory capstone)

TABLE 2 Transitional arrangements for students who have passed 9 or more BTh modules at the end of 2008 and who wish to major in the Congregational Ministry track Module passed in former curriculum Equivalent modules that may not be taken in new curriculum Level 5 CGM111N CGM112P CGM1501 CGM1502 Levels 6 and 7 CGM1502 CGM1501 Levels 6 and 7: The capstone module (BTH3720) and any 6 of the modules listed below Modules required to complete each level of the major in the Congregational Ministry Track

Level 6 CGM304V CGM305W CGM307Y CGM2601 CGM2602 CGM2603 Level 7 CGM301S CGM302T CGM303U CGM306X CGM3094 CMM305X+ CGM3083 BTH320A + Discontinued CGM3701 CGM3702 Discontinued CGM3703 CGM3704 CGM3705 BTH3720 — CGM3701 CGM3702 — CGM3703 CGM3704 CGM3705 BTH 3720 (compulsory) CGM2601 CGM2602 CGM2603

This module (CMM305X) was previously part of the CMM track, but has been moved to the CGM track. You may retain the credit for this module under the CMM track or transfer credit for it to the CGM Track.

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FIRST-LEVEL MODULES (NQF LEVEL 5)

Syllabus

CGM1501 Invitation to theology (S1 and S2) Purpose: to help students on a very basic level to: (a) spell out the role of the Bible in the modern world, make sense of problems arising in the reading of the Bible, realise that everyone has an own approach regarding the nature of the Bible, are aware of the historical framework in which the events of Old

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and New Testament took place and develop a basic knowledge of the various methods of approaching the texts and events of the OT and NT; (b) make sense and portray fiducial (faith), conceptual and historical factors and contexts that had an impact on the emergence of faith patterns, processes, terms and tools within the field of faith studies and theology;(c) make sense and portray a number of approaches and practical examples of value-formation and ethical decision-making in modern societies; (d) be able to reflect and contextualize a number of issues of practical theological nature revolving around faith and church; (e) make sense and portray a small number of short histories of global and African churches as well as be aware and able to reflect on different approaches towards history and church history. CGM 1502 First steps in Practical Theology (S1 and S2) Purpose: to prepare critical reflective theological practitioners for long term, in-depth study in the discipline of Practical Theology. The module will empower learners with specific methods, techniques and knowledge in preaching, celebration, pastoral care and research methodology for dealing with specific religious contexts to which they have access.

SECOND-LEVEL MODULES (NQF LEVEL 6)
CGM2601 Ethics and Spirituality (S1 and S2) Purpose: this module will be useful to people who seek to link faith and life and will enable them to gain an integrated understanding of Christian Ethics and Spirituality relevant to their personal, faith community and social existence. Through the identification and evaluation of a range of historical and contemporary ethical and spiritual traditions, students will be enabled to reflect upon and renew their own faith journey and make a constructive contribution to the faith experience and social involvement of other individuals and groups. CGM2602 Preaching in a context of poverty (S1 and S2) Purpose: this module will be useful to help learners who are leaders and who are involved in the lives of their local churches and communities. People credited with this module are able to analyse the context of poverty where they minister in the church, to interpret the Biblical message in such a context, to cooperate with development projects to alleviate poverty in their community and to inspire and motivate the people by means of preaching in order to work towards the liberation from poverty. CGM2603 Exploring celebration and worship (S1 and S2) Purpose: to help learners interpret the context and ethos of the congregational culture in which they work and worship. This module will be useful to help learners to develop into effective worship theorists in a variety of social and cultural settings.

THIRD-LEVEL MODULES (NQF LEVEL 7)
CGM3701 Sexual Ethics (S1 and S2) Purpose: to investigate theological approaches to the field of sexual ethics and will therefore enable them to understand how people experience and interpret their sexuality. The module further enables those credited with it to critically evaluate the interrelationship between sexuality and morality and to make a contribution to personal and interpersonal sexual healing and justice in churches and communities. CGM3702 From text to sermon: Reading and creating religious texts (S1 and S2) Purpose: to enable students to create new religious texts that are appropriate to contemporary contexts, by learning to do thorough exegesis of biblical texts, in which they display the skills of analysing their own context as well as the historical contexts of biblical narratives. CGM3703 Caring for all: Exploring the field of pastoral work (S1 and S2) Purpose: to enable, assist and guide learners to intervene with basic knowledge of pastoral counselling approaches in ways that will enhance the wellness of individuals, groups, society, the environment, the community and the church. CGM3704 The research challenge: Doing empirical research in theology (S1 and S2) Purpose: to deepen the contextual character of students’ theology by planning and doing a small-scale empirical research project. CGM3705 Christian leadership and church management (S1 and S2) Purpose: to evaluate Christian leadership and church management theories and to selectively implement leadership and managerial skills in a congregational and NGO setting. BTH3720 Integrated theological praxis (year module) Purpose: this compulsory ‘capstone’ module may only be done by students in the final year of their studies for the BTh degree. Qualifying students can integrate the insights and competences they gained from doing the other 29 BTh modules, and use those insights to design and carry out a small scale ministry project in their community to address a specific societal problem.

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