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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)




Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • None.


  • Youth and Community Work in a Christian Context (SOCI3151) for students taking the Church-based Specialism; for other students, there are no corequisites.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • This module aims to provide an understanding of Christian identity and tradition such that students are able to: demonstrate familiarity with the Christian Scriptures and contemporary methods of biblical study.
  • understand the genesis and central affirmations of Christian doctrine.
  • reflect on mission strategies in the different eras of Christian history.
  • show a knowledge of different spiritualities with the Christian tradition.
  • locate the spiritual journey and tradition of young people and others with whom they may work within the history of the Church.


  • Areas covered will include: The roots of the Christian tradition in the Old Testament.
  • Jesus Christ, the gospels and the beginnings of the church.
  • the place of the Bible in Christian history.
  • the development of Christian doctrine.
  • a history of Christian mission.
  • Christian Spirituality.
  • the Christian ethical tradition.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • an understanding of the genesis and central affirmations of Christian doctrines;
  • demonstrate familiarity with the Christian Scriptures and methods of biblical interpretation.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • the ability to relate the study of Christian theology to community and youth work issues.
  • the ability to critically reflect on their beliefs and their practice as community and youth workers.
Key Skills:
  • a range of communication skills including the ability to: evaluate and synthesise information obtained from a variety of sources; communicate relevant information in different ways and select the most appropriate method of communication for different tasks; monitor, and reflect on, the use of communication skills;
  • competence in the use of IT resources including the ability to: word-process; monitor and reflect on the use of IT skills;
  • a capacity to improve own learning and performance, including: ability to manage time effectively; engage in different ways of learning including both independent and directed forms of learning; gather necessary information from a range of bibliographic and electronic sources; monitor and critically reflect on the learning process.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The teaching will be seminar style, with lecture input followed by group discussion. Preparatory reading for each session will be expected from all students.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Total 200
Lectures 12 1 Per Week 2.5 Hours 30
Preparation and Reading 170

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
2500 words written assignment 1 50%
2500 words written assignment 2 50%

Formative Assessment:

1 practical case study

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University