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THEOLOGIES IN CONTEXT

Major combinations:
NQF Level: 5: TIC1501, TIC1502
NQF Level: 6: TIC2601, TIC2602, TIC2603, TIC2604
NQF Level: 7: TIC3701

Christian Foundations: the Early Centuries - TIC3705
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: In this module students interact creatively with traditions that are associated with Christianity. They learn about their history and understand their present forms and diversity better. Traditions are the social glue that brings cohesiveness to the community. Traditions form part of our family life and influence our actions at work, on the roads, when we are in church and even when we are interacting with people. Tradition provides continuity while it liberates us from some influences that are presently dominating society like fashion trends, which are not durable.
Reflections of Faith - TIC1501
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CGM1501
Purpose: To enable students to portray the sense making pointers and patterns of three areas of Faith Studies that is theology, religiology and theories of faith; to make sense of the historical contexts in which theologies, religiologies and theories of faith emerged; to distinguish between different sense making and trendsetting approaches within the three areas of Faith Studies and to become aware and be able to reflectively contextualize his or her own patterns and experiences of faith.
Introduction to the Study of Church History - TIC1502
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CGM1501
Purpose: To help people to understand the history of their own Christian communities by providing a wide picture of the church to locate specific denominations within history. Students learn to recognise how different individuals, groups, organizations, societies, cultures, countries and nations have interacted in the past and how those interactions have affected the church.
Faith, Church and Culture - TIC2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: TIC1501 OR TIC1502
Purpose: To help students explore the meaning of the church as a faith community in the context of society; reflect on the influence culture has in terms of a person's personal faith-experience and the experience of faith within the context of a specific group of Christians, especially the church and to understand the significance of culture in terms of ecclesiological diversity and the call for unity in Christian circles.
Christianity and a Changing South Africa - TIC2602
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To help the learners explore the origins, development and the societal impact of Christianity in South Africa. People credited with this unit standard are able to outline, describe and explain the origins, development and the societal impact of Christianity in South Africa.
Faith, Jesus and Social Change - TIC2603
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable students to reflect on Jesus of Nazareth by way of faith, thought and historical perspectives under the following headings: sources, everyday world of Jesus, work and ministry of Jesus, suffering of Jesus (cross), new life of Jesus (resurrection); make sense and be able to portray three broad sense-making trajectories in which Jesus had been placed in history, namely God-centred, human-centred and salvation-centred approaches; reflect on approaches of salvation that range from views that imprison salvation spiritually in churches and in heaven to views in which salvation materially embraces and permeates societies as good earthly human living; investigate and be aware of the linkage between classical titles of Jesus and those from black African cultures such as ancestor, master of initiation, chief or king or potentate, elder brother or sister and healer; reflect on and contextualise the main historical problem-settings that emerged around Jesus Christ contextually in his or her own world such as ‘divinity… humanity…salvation’; 'preexistent… post-existent’; ‘trinity…Jesus’ humanity’; ‘salvation-now…salvation-in-heaven’; ‘Commonwealth of God…church’, etc.
World Christianity and Ecumenism - TIC2604
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To help you to formulate your own ecumenical vision that deals with the issues that are relevant for your specific context. We want to assist you in developing your network skills, enhance values like a commitment to liberation, justice, reconciliation and care for the environment.
Faith, the Spirit and the Future - TIC3701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: 2 of TIC2601,TIC2602,TIC2603 & TIC2604
Purpose: To help students explore the origin, history and contemporary debate about fulfilment processes of the future (traditionally called eschatology) and the renewing work of the Spirit (traditionally called pneumatology); to problematise and contextualise the measure of interconnectedness and linkage of the processes of future fulfilment and the ongoing renewing processes of the Spirit; to investigate and contextualize approaches of the future; to investigate and contextualize approaches of the Spirit and to reflect and contextualise their own sense making approach towards the future and the Spirit and to take transformational and renewing responsibility for the present and the future.
Faith, Philosophy and Science - TIC3702
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To help students explore the origin, history and contemporary debate between faith studies (theology, religiology and theories of faith), philosophy and sciences; make sense of everyday, philosophical and scientific sense making views and approaches; comprehend faith as one of many fields, modes or dimensions of daily experience; demonstrate that faith studies (= theology, religiology and theory of faith) is to be regarded as a science or a theoretical discipline; explore philosophies as interconnective theoretical wisdom; demonstrate that sciences are aware, overlapping and reflexive refinement of daily experience; make sense of fundamentalist, interpretation and consensual negotiation approaches towards texts, theories and human doings and introduction to the use of philosophical and scientific tools in use in everyday life and in various sciences.
Church and Society Across the Ages - TIC3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module is about the interaction between the Christian church and the society in which it worked and lived since the Middle Ages. Some things that happened a long time ago still influence the world we live in. Things that happened in a different part of the world can also influence us. The world we live in, and the churches that we are members of, are also influenced by the things that happened in the past as well as the social, political, and economical circumstances around us.
Christianity in Africa - TIC3704
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module offers a thorough overview of the Christian church in Africa from the first century to the present: an analysis of missionary thought and practice, a discussion of the African response to the missionaries, and an exposition of current African Christian theology.