About the course
The Exploring Theology scheme at St Augustine’s allows you to take a single 20 credit module from our undergraduate programme in theology, ministry and vocation without university accreditation. However, most students on this scheme decide to enrol fully onto our undergraduate programme (i.e. with university accreditation) after successfully completing one module.
This option is often used by people who are considering ordained or licenced ministry, but who are not yet on a church-sponsored ministerial programme and are unfamiliar with theological study. Typical introductory modules are Biblical Studies, Christian History, and Spirituality and Discipleship. You are expected to undertake several hours of private study per week and to complete normally two assignments per module.
To apply to join our Exploring Theology programme you will need to complete the application form for ‘Taster Modules’.
For further details, please contact our admissions team.
Where can I study?
You can choose to study your modules either through evening classes (Mondays at Southwark, Wednesdays at Malling Abbey); or fortnightly teaching days (Fridays at Malling Abbey).
How much study time is involved?
You will attend either evening classes or teaching days and normally complete two assignments for each module. You will take one module per term.
As well as covering all the traditional theological disciplines, the programme provides opportunities to develop skills in theological reflection able to ground a faith based perspective on every aspect of daily life.
You should expect to devote at least 10 hours of independent study per week.
What will I study?
Most students take the following Level 4 module as their ‘Taster Module’:
Introduction to Biblical Studies
This module introduces you to the contemporary study of Scripture. You learn how to use the major critical tools that scholars employ to interpret the Bible. You shall study how these critical techniques have developed and so understand the story of modern biblical criticism. In this way, this module introduces you to the most important issues raised for Christian life and worship by the study of Scripture.
Other Level 4 modules include:
Introduction to Church History
This module provides a broad overview of church history focusing on the historical development of the doctrine of the Trinity. Key stages in the development of Trinitarian thinking are related to the church’s social, cultural and political context and to the historical roots of specific denominational identities.
Spirituality and Discipleship
This module puts spirituality at the heart of your study of theology, integrating that study with the life of discipleship. You shall examine the place of prayer and repentance, of contemplation and ‘bearing the cross’, of ‘detachment’ and pilgrimage, both literal and metaphorical. The module also looks in detail at some of the most important scriptural and doctrinal sources for Christian prayer and spirituality. Along with all this, you shall choose and undertake a set of spiritual practices that will help stretch your soul.
Introduction to Christian Doctrine
This module examines central Christian theological affirmations about the person and work of Jesus Christ (Christology and soteriology) and considers what follows for Christian life and practice. It introduces you to theological debates about the person and work of Jesus Christ down the centuries and explores some of the implications of these for Christian life and practice.
Foundations in Christian Worship
In this module, you shall consider daily, weekly and yearly patterns of worship in the Christian churches today. By way of a local history project, historical study will complement your exploration of the contemporary diversity of these patterns. You shall also visit a variety of churches to grasp something of this variety at first hand. Examining the way Christians shape and mark time through their worship, this module concentrates on the vital relationship between past traditions and present realities.
Using the Bible Today
In this module, you will study various understandings of biblical authority, selected hermeneutical approaches to biblical texts, and consider how the biblical text may be used appropriately. The module will introduce you to some different approaches to using Scripture in Christian communication and ministry, to begin to help you develop your own communication skills.
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