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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)

Module THMN40830: Mission in Context: Missiological Themes Embodied in North East England

Department: Theology and Ministry

THMN40830: Mission in Context: Missiological Themes Embodied in North East England

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2012/13 Module Cap None.


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • to provide ordinands and local ministers with a deeper theological understanding of mission and with its history and development in the region and the opportunity to reflect on


  • Surveys of different periods in the life and history of the church in the North East with a particular emphasis on the outworking of patterns of Christian mission:
  • Models of mission; historiography
  • Celtic and Saxon missions: converting pagans; contextualisation
  • The Norman settlement: mission in Christendom; church and state
  • Reformation and Counter reformation: the example of Bernard Gilpin
  • The Evangelical Awakening and Methodism: voluntarism and mission
  • Church extension and the Church of England, 1820's - 1950's: establishment mission
  • The Roman Catholic experience: mission as outsiders? Issues of ethnicity
  • Mission in contemporary contexts: urban, suburban and rural
  • Mission through new ways of being church: Pentecostalism; youth churches; cell church
  • Case studies (student led )
  • After the first session it is open for a student to part lead any of the sessions, and to use that work towards writing the summative essay.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module the students will:
  • Have a systematic and comprehensive understanding of the historical expression of Christian mission within the North East of England derived from primary and secondary sources
  • Through this historical and contextual study, have the ability to reflect theologically on the mission and ministry of the church in the north east in the present day in such a way as to critique existing practices and plans for development
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Have developed their understanding of Christian mission such that it is well rooted in both historical study and contemporary theological understanding
Key Skills:
  • Have gained the transferable skills in historical and contextual study and missiology to enable them to reflect critically on the development of mission and ministry within a particular area or culture today.

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

  • 30 hours contact time, through 20 seminars of 90mins. each, including student-led seminars and some tutorial support.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours

Summative Assessment

Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 5000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Two formative assessments: one 2,500 word review of a key text and a student led seminar which could be preparatory to the summative essay. Feedback to students will comprise dialogue in seminars, and written feedback on formative work. Staff will also be available for individual consultation.

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