The course consists of two 30-credit modules delivered through a combination of distance learning and intensives over the course of a year. There are two possible starting dates (November and June). Each module is supported by a website with interactive functionality to provide class contact.
Perspectives in Theological Education (30 credits). This module provides an introduction to the nature, purpose and problems of theological education both within the UK and internationally. It also critiques some contemporary and near contemporary debates and expressions of theological education in order to elucidate key ideas and practices, with the explicit intention of providing a basis for the student’s critical judgment on his or her practice. In addition, it explores historical and contemporary models and theories that relate to the nature and role of the theological educator in order to foster the development of practitioners that are professional, reflective, holistic and maturing.
Philosophy and Practice of Higher Education (30 credits). The aim of this module is to critically relate theory and practice of higher education to theological education, on the understanding that there is an undeniable relationship between the two domains. The module will provide a historical overview of higher education and introduce students to the philosophy of higher education. In addition, students will critically examine the theories, tasks and practices of teaching and learning in higher education with a view to develop best practice. Keeping a global audience in mind, students will be given the opportunity to investigate and critically analyse their own historical, philosophical and pedagogical contexts.
Students enrolling in postgraduate programmes are normally expected to have an honours degree in the field of theology and to be engaged in the vocation of theological education.
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