Course Descriptions

Every course in the Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree programme and all majors are included on this page. The course descriptions that follow work as a guide to the content and structure of the course material.

 

BIB     |     GEN     |     LEA     |     MIN     |     PSC     |     THE


BIB – Biblical Text Courses

BIB 110 – New Testament Survey

An examination of the social and political atmosphere in which Christianity developed. Beginning with the inter-testamental period, the student surveys Greek and Roman influences on the world of the New Testament, as well as the literature, literary arrangement, scope and purpose of the New Testament.

BIB 120 – Old Testament Survey

A time-line study of the Old Testament canon provides an overview of how God worked with and through the Jewish nation to bring the promised Messiah.

BIB 210 – Life and Teaching of Christ

A study of the life of Christ using the Gospel of Matthew as the primary text. The focus of the course is on the teaching and ministry of Jesus and its role in Christian doctrine and practice.

BIB 220 – Acts

The how, why, when, where, and who the Holy Spirit used to begin and spread Christianity throughout the world through the early church leaders as recorded in the book of Acts.

BIB 230 – Torah

A study of the foundations of Christian faith and the ways the Jewish law was structured to venerate God and demonstrate our love and concern for people and nature.

BIB 240 – General Epistles

A study of the biblical writings of James, Peter, John, and Jude offers practical guidance for Christian living.

BIB 310 – New Testament Greek for Beginners I

Learner study vocabulary, syntax, and grammar of New Testament Greek and translate biblical texts.

BIB 312 – New Testament Greek for Beginners II

A continuation of Greek I. Learners gain experience and skill with tools like inter-linear Bibles, lexicons, and commentaries that use Greek concepts to aid biblical interpretation.

BIB 320 – Corinthians

An exegetical view of the problems and solutions of the church in Corinth as they relate to modern church situations in Africa using Paul’s methods for maturing a church.

BIB 330 – Revelation

This biblical study engages the student in the various interpretations of the apocalypse given to John, millennial theories, and the attack by Satan on the church and the ultimate victory of Christ.

BIB 340 – Prophets

An examination of the history of prophecy in the Old Testament. Selected prophecies are related to the social settings in which they were initially delivered emphasizing God’s reaction to human behaviour. Learners are encouraged to emulate the work of faithful men and women of God with regard to the religious, social, and political conditions of our day and age.

BIB 350 – Romans and Galatians

A study of the text of Romans and Galatians shows the essence of the gospel message. The relationships between faith, grace, and works are examined. The course culminates in an exploration of various divisive issues plaguing the African church.

 

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GEN – General Education Courses

GEN 110 – Computer Skills

Learners acquire proficiency with technology including keyboarding, word processing, presentations, and accounting software using Microsoft Office.

GEN 120 – English I – Writing & Comprehension

A review of English skills emphasizes reading comprehension, grammar, and preparation for student academic assignments and research papers.

GEN 130 – Fundamentals of Communication

Introduction to the principles of personal, inter-personal and mass communication. Theoretical and practical components prepare the student to order thoughts with clarity and purpose. Emphasis is on public address in a church context.

GEN 140 – Mathematics

While developing basic mathematical skills, learners use critical thinking in solving problems and gain an understanding of financial management.

GEN 220 – English II – Academic Writing

Learners enhance their comprehension and writing skills using African and world literature with a major emphasis on writing in an academic setting.

GEN 230 – Africa in World History

An evaluation of history in light of culture, time and circumstance to assimilate a perspective of history that includes African civilizations and how societies functioned in the past to gain a sense of how to live in the present.

GEN 240 – Community Health & HIV/AIDS

Promotes a Christian response and understanding of prevention, treatment, support, care and counselling on community health issues, especially HIV/AIDS.

GEN 330 – World Religions in an African Context

An introduction to world religions in order to make comparisons and to contrast them with Christianity. There is an emphasis on the Christian response to religions that are prevalent in Africa, such as Islam and African traditional religions.

GEN 340 – Cultural Anthropology

A contemporary study of people from an African Christian perspective equipping students to describe, interpret, and analyse human cultures for a better understanding of their differences and similarities in order to better relate cross-culturally.

 

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LEA – Leadership Courses

LEA 210 – Leadership Foundations

An introduction to the field of leadership, with an emphasis on current leadership concepts and theories, self-assessment, and personal development within a Christian context.

LEA 230 – Project Leadership

Project Leadership develops critical thinking skills leaders need for successful planning and execution of assignments. It addresses personal leadership and communication skills required to enable a project team to successfully participate and grow a project.

LEA 240 – Communication in Organizations

Examines the nature of leadership in organizations, approaches to understanding, and assessing the culture and communication within organizations; development of understanding and applying Christian values regarding how leaders interact with subordinates, hire and evaluate personnel, and communicate effectively within diversity.

LEA 310 – Community Development

Integrates spiritual and physical principles of effective community development and examines the pros and cons of foreign aid in Africa; with a focus on asset-based and holistic ministry approaches.

LEA 312 – Microfinance Development

Equips learners with the skills and knowledge required to promote savings and credit associations to people living in poverty, with a focus on congregational partnership.

LEA 320 – Financial Accountability & Outcome Measurement

Introduce learners to accountability principles in organizational and project management with a focus on outcome development and measurement, budgeting, and financial management.

LEA 322 – Resource Development and Grants Management

An introduction to the field of resource development, with an emphasis on grant research, writing, and reporting; fund raising strategies and planning; and funder communication and record-keeping.

LEA 340 – Entrepreneurship

Effective business principles are combined with theological and biblical principles designed to equip the student for starting a viable small business with little or no capital.

LEA 342 – Marketing Principles

Learners understand processes for identifying, entering, and maintaining potential markets for future growth. Learners develop skills in planning and appropriate use of various marketing strategies including word of mouth, social media, and advertising with a focus upon low or no-cost methods.

LEA 350 – Change Leadership

Learners examine the dynamics and challenges of change within organizations and groups, with a focus on systems, managing the change process, motivating others, and developing a culture of innovation, flexibility, and effectiveness.

LEA 420 – Leadership Practicum

Integrates student learning into an internship or project experience. Chosen projects may be completed individually or in groups but give each student an opportunity to practice and demonstrate leadership skills, knowledge, attitudes, and abilities.

 

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MIN – Ministry Courses

MIN 110 – Personal Evangelism

Beginning with culturally appropriate approaches to evangelism, students are shown various ways to teach the gospel. They are engaged in practical methods of making converts.

MIN 210 – Educational Programme of the Church

Using cognitive development and pedagogy for the different stages of development, learners explore the need and benefits of a structured educational programme in church ministry and creative ways of producing low cost or no cost teaching aids.

MIN 212 – Ministry Leadership

An introduction to principles, practices, and theories of Christian leadership with a focus on the knowledge and skills required for effective, efficient management and administration of the work of congregations including planning, team work, financial accountability, and decision making.

MIN 220/LEA 220/PSC 220 – Conflict Resolution

Analyses and evaluates styles of conflict resolution, steps of reconciliation, process and methods of resolving disputes in a variety of settings including home, church, workplace, and community.

MIN 230 – Homiletics

Philosophy of preaching, preparation, and presentation practice. Identifies basic sermon types and use of supporting material, visual aids, and illustrations.

MIN 320 – Church Planting and Growth

Learners explore conditions conducive to a successful church plant, the different methods employed in church planting, and the teaching and equipping necessary for the church to grow and develop into a missionary church.

MIN 410 – Supervised Practice of Ministry

Integrates student learning into an internship or ministry experience. Gives each student an opportunity to practice and demonstrate ministry skills, knowledge, leadership, attitudes, and abilities.

 

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PSC – Counselling Courses

PSC 210 – Introduction to Psychology and Counselling

An introduction to basic psychological terms, notable psychologists, basic theories of psychology, depression, and handling the symptoms of stress; an emphasis on ethical rules of counselling.

PSC 230 – Marriage and Family

A focus on marriage and premarital issues such as communication, resolving conflicts, sexual relationship, family planning, managing finances, parental issues and disciplining children; an emphasis on developing strong families.

PSC 240/MIN 240 – Pastoral Counselling

Equipping a church leader to counsel others on common issues such as marriage problems; youth dynamics; financial issues; depression and suicidal thinking; grief, premarital, and adultery counselling; forgiveness; and church discipline.

PSC 250 – Systems Theory

An introduction to systems theory, its influence on therapy, and major models of therapy including trans-generational, experiential, structural, and strategic models. It includes a look at boundaries, homeostasis, and change from a Christian perspective.

PSC 310 – Theories of Counselling I

An introduction to the major theories of counselling and psychotherapy including psychoanalysis, client-centred therapy, rational-emotive therapy, and cognitive-behavioural therapy; an emphasis on solution-focused theory; equipping students to develop their own unique technique as Christian ministers and counsellors based on Christian principles.

PSC 312 – Theories of Counselling II

A continuation of the study of various theoretical foundations for doing therapy with an emphasis on Biblical Counselling, Group Counselling, Emotion Focused Counselling and Eclecticism, and encouraging the students to develop their own personal model for doing counselling using their own personalities and strengths.

PSC 320 – Developmental Psychology

A study of the physical, mental, and social development from conception through childhood stages, adolescent development, and adult life cycles through aging; a focus on how these affect individuals and families; and an introduction to using these concepts in counselling.

PSC 330 – Abnormal Psychology

A survey of various psychological disturbances including anxiety, somatoform, dissociative, affective, schizophrenic, personality and psychosexual disorders; an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment in a compassionate and effective manner and knowing when to refer to more highly trained personnel; discussing the spiritual implications of these disorders.

PSC 340 – Social Psychology

A study of group interactions in society and the sociology of everyday life and its relevance to students’ lives that examines controversial social issues in a spiritual context; explores deviance and social controls, social class, gender issues, race and ethnicity, and the elderly; and focuses on social changes, including urbanization and other trends.

PSC 410 – School Guidance and Counselling

An introduction to the history, roles, and functions of school counsellors; a focus on Christian counselling in a school setting; an opportunity for obtaining supervised experience counselling children in schools; equipping students to offer counselling in schools.

PSC 420 – Behaviour Change Psychology

Students are trained to counsel people at risk in difficult situations to make a transition from destructive behaviour to a constructive beneficial life.

PSC 430 – Trauma Counselling

A focus on a basis for recognizing trauma and its effects, including dealing with the issue of “Where is God?”; an introduction to different types of trauma including grief, rape, ethnic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, and HIV/AIDS and ways to help in a healing process; an emphasis on self-care and readiness planning in case of future traumatic events; a discussion of human rights issues and getting involved in humanitarian aid as Christians.

 

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THE – Theology Courses

THE 210 – Christian Ethics

An examination of the Bible and contemporary African and Western ethical theories to formulate an African Christian ethic that is applicable to everyday life.

THE 220 – Introduction to Church History

An overview of the history of the church. Learners examine the significance of how individuals and events in church history influenced belief systems and traditions.

THE 222 – Restoration History

An examination of the history of the Stone-Campbell movement focusing on the ideals of its founders. Learners evaluate the authenticity of those ideals as well as the extent to which the ideals are maintained in Churches of Christ.

THE 230 – Apologetics

An examination of scientific, biblical, and philosophical evidence that give credence to the Christian faith.

THE 240 – Hermeneutics

Learners explore the difficulties facing biblical interpreters including a history of interpretation, textual criticism, and various aspects of linguistics. The course culminates in the exegesis of various texts, showing the relevance of biblical texts to the modern age.

THE 310 – Spiritual Formation

Learners engage in a process in which the theory of Christian living becomes a practical way of life through the development of a Christian worldview. The focus is on moving information from the head to the heart and hands. Various disciplines of godly living are introduced and encouraged.

THE 320 – Systematic Theology

An introduction to the tasks and methods of systematic theology and focus on Christian doctrines such as God, atonement, providence, human selfhood, and the church.

THE 330 – Cross of Christ

Through the theology of the cross, learners explore the essence of Christianity, beginning with theories of atonement and culminating in a cross-shaped worldview and lifestyle.

 

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