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PROGRAMMES OFFERED

Undergraduate Programme

General remarks

  • The majority of undergraduate students are in the programme for ministerial training (6 years, including two years of post graduate programmes). These courses are residential and students attend regular classes. Most undergraduates are South African and teaching is normally done through medium of both English and Afrikaans. Persons unable to follow the Afrikaans language, are able to take up language studies provided for by the University.
  • What follows below is a short summary of the different programmes. For detailed information on subjects, please consult the Yearbook: Theology [Part 9].
  • A credit is the amount of time [in hours] per week that the average student will dedicate to that specific module. The BTh programme requires appr. 50 hours per week.
  • A programme [such as the BTh] is composed of a minimum of 120 credits per year.

 

1. BTh in Christian Theology, Church Ministry and Leadership [with Hebrew and Greek]

This four year programme is based upon a core curriculum that consists of

i] Biblical Sciences and Theological Hermeneutics;

ii] Christian Spirituality and Life-oriented Studies;

iii] Communication and Community Service.

 

2. BTh in Christian Theology, Church Ministry and Leadership [without Hebrew and Greek]

This programme is the same as the previous, with the exception that the Biblical languages are not compulsory. In stead of the languages students may select additional subjects.

 

3. Baccalaureus in Theological Studies [BTS]

This programme provides a possible exit point at third year level for the four year BTh programme.

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Postgraduate Programmes

Guidelines for administration of postgraduate study (Thesis MTh and PhD)

General remarks

  • What follows below is a short summary of the different programmes. For detailed information on subjects, please consult the Yearbook: Theology [Part 9].
  • Postgraduate students are expected to be informed about the regulations and responsibilities prescribed by the University and the disciplines that apply to their study.
  • At postgraduate level, English is used wherever this is required. All postgraduate programmes can be done either full-time or part-time (i.e. non-residential).
  • All the standard subjects are taught, i.e. Old Testament, New Testament, Ecclesiology, Systematic Theology and Ethics, Practical Theology and Missiology (which includes the study of various World Religions as well as Developmental Studies).

1. Postgraduate Diploma in Theology [PDT]

The primary aim of the Postgraduate Diploma is to prepare students who do not qualify for postgraduate studies for further theological studies. It also provides students with the opportunity to complement their previous studies with additional preparatory work before they start with postgraduate studies. For students from other disciplines it provides a broad overview of Theology in general.

For more detailed information, see the separate information booklet [provided by Practical Theology and Missiology], as well as the Yearbook.

2. MDiv

For more detailed information, see the separate information booklet [provided by Practical Theology and Missiology], as well as the Yearbook.

3. Licentiate in Theology

For more detailed information, see the separate Licentiate booklet [provided by Practical Theology and Missiology], as well as the Yearbook.

4. MTh programme

Masters studies can be done in any theological discipline. Apart from the more general Masters degrees in Theology, there are also a number of more applied MTh programmes [e.g. in Clinical Pastoral Care, Youth ministry, etc.]. Two variations are possible within the Masters programmes, namely a structured study [where mainly written/oral exams are done on prescribed literature], or research [where a mini-thesis forms the major part of the study]. Normally, it is also a requirement that students should do exams in one or two subsidiary subjects.

For further information, please contact the particular department, or consult the Yearbook.

5. DTh programme

Doctoral studies can be done in any theological discipline. The study is concluded by means of a dissertation that is written under the guidance of a promoter. For further information, please contact the particular discipline group, or consult the Yearbook.

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Youth Work

Practical Theology offers a 3 Year Undergraduate Programme and Masters & Doctoral Studies in Youth Work.

Youth workers are trained to work in churches, schools and communities.

Training includes theoretical and practical teaching:

  • Theological foundation of youth work
  • Approaches to youth work
  • Relation based children’s ministry
  • Group work
  • Faith formation (Catechism)
  • Pastoral counselling
  • Communicating the Gospel
  • Dealing with substance dependency
  • Experiential learning
  • Planning & organising youth work
  • Dealing with violence and the abuse of power

Support Modules in:

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Old & New Testament
  • Community Development

For more information email shirle@sun.ac.za

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BPhil / MPhil in Chaplaincy

This is a joint programme of the Faculty of Theology and the Military Academy Saldanha. Candidates with a four year B-degree in Theology can apply. It is interdisciplinary with the following main modules:

  • The Chaplain in the Military Environment
  • Introduction to Military leadership
  • The National and Military Security Environment
  • General Management
  • Research methodology
  • Ethics in Public
  • Diversity within Society
  • Pastoral Care and Counselling principles
  • Spirituality and the Healing of Life (Life skills)
  • Organizational Development
  • Communication and the Hermeneutics of Religious Texts.

For further information contact the co-ordinator of the programme, Dr Christo Thesnaar [Tel: +27 21 808 3259; cht@sun.ac.za ]

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