Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Theology

Qualification stream: General (4 Half Majors)
Qualification code: 99305 - GE4
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 62452
APS/AS: 20
Each BTH curriculum must consist of: 30 modules (12 credits each) which cannot be completed in less than three (3) years. Two Fundamental modules: 1. CGM1501 (Invitation to theology), which must be done in the first semester of BTH study; 2. BTH3720 (Integrated theological praxis), which may only be done in the year in which the degree is completed. At NQF levels 6 and 7, a student may take between 10 and 12 modules respectively. A BTH degree will therefore consist of either: 8 - NQF level 5 modules, 10 - NQF level 6 modules and 12 - NQF level 7 modules or 8 - NQF level 5 modules, 11 - NQF level 6 modules and 11 - NQF level 7 modules or 8 - NQF level 5 modules, 12 - NQF level 6 modules and 10 - NQF level 7 modules In this stream, A student must select a total of either 7 or 8 modules from each of the four subjects (tracks): Community Ministry (CMM), Congregational Ministry (CGM), Scripture Studies (ECH/OTS), Theologies in Context (TIC) - to constitute four half-majors. A student who intends to do a Honours BTH degree in a particular discipline after the BTH degree is strongly encouraged to enrol for all the undergraduate modules in that discipline.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to deliver learners who can critically apply focused analysis, knowledge and skills in the service and leadership - both lay and ordained - of Christian communities, community organisations and society. This interdisciplinary Qualification produces life-long theological learners who are equipped to raise and debate current issues in African and international contexts. The Qualification also seeks to enable learners develop, clarify and articulate a value system from a Christian perspective. This Qualification is intended for consciousness-raising of learners with respect to issues of justice such as gender, social disparity, disability and the environment, and enable them to develop transformative communities, and contribute to the development of the society as a whole.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.
Qualification offered until 0, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Second level

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. :Compulsory in the FINAL SEMESTER of your studies
BTH3720 - Integrated Theological Praxis
Group B. Select 2 or 3 from the following:
CGM3701 - Sexual Ethics
CGM3702 - From Text to Sermon: Reading and Creating Religious Texts
CGM3703 - Caring for All: Exploring the Field of Pastoral Work
CGM3704 - The Research Challenge: Doing Empirical Research in Theology
CGM3705 - Christian Leadership and Church Management
Group C. Select 2 or 3 from the following:
CMM3701 - Christian Action for Anti-Racism and Reconciliation Pre-requisite:2 of CMM2601, CMM2602 & CMM2603
CMM3702 - God, Creation and Environment
CMM3703 - Christian Social Ethics
CMM3704 - The Dynamics of Interreligious Encounter
CMM3705 - Christian Moral Decision-Making
Group D. Select 2 or 3 from the following:
TIC3701 - Faith, the Spirit and the Future Pre-requisite:2 of TIC2601,TIC2602,TIC2603 & TIC2604
TIC3702 - Faith, Philosophy and Science
TIC3703 - Church and Society Across the Ages
TIC3704 - Christianity in Africa
TIC3705 - Christian Foundations: the Early Centuries
Group E. Select 2 or 3 from the following:
ECH3701 - Death, Tombs and Burials in the Early Christian World
ECH3702 - Religion, Worship and Prayer in the Early Christian World
ECH3703 - The Bible and Human Development in Post-Colonial Africa
ECH3704 - Construction of Bodies, Gender and Sexuality in Early Christianity
ECH3705 - Early Christian Spirituality
OTS3701 - Politics, Power and Prophecy in Ancient Israel Pre-requisite:2 of OTS2601, OTS2602, OTS2603, OTS2604, ECH2601, ECH2602 & ECH2603
OTS3702 - Excavating a Biblical City
OTS3703 - The Bible and African Cultures
OTS3704 - The Bible and Sexuality
OTS3705 - Understanding the Old Testament through Archaeology