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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)

Module THMN44430: Holiness, Wholeness & Mission

Department: Theology and Ministry

THMN44430: Holiness, Wholeness & Mission

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Not available in 2014/15 Module Cap


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • 1.To offer sustained reflection on models of holiness in scripture in both the Old and New Testaments
  • 2.To provide students with an in depth understanding of the development of holiness thought in a range of Christian traditions
  • 3. To enable students to reflect critically on the inherent links between ideas of holiness, wholeness and missio dei
  • 4. To enable students to reflect and learn from their own experiences of the practice and pursuit of holiness in the context of Christian ministry


  • The module will explore research in the following areas:
  • 1. Holiness in Scripture:
  • Holiness in the OT
  • Holiness in the NT – Gospels, Paul, Peter & Hebrews
  • 2. Holiness in Tradition:
  • Patristic understanding of incarnation, kenosis, theosis
  • Wesleyan understanding of holiness, sanctification, perfection
  • 3. Holiness in Experience:
  • The struggle to be holy
  • Holiness as primarily a corporate and not individual pursuit
  • Spiritual practices and sanctification by grace
  • 4. Holiness in Mission:
  • A light to the nations
  • Holiness as a dynamic rather than static concept
  • Works of piety, social justice & advocacy

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Upon successful completion of the module students should have knowledge of:
  • a range of biblical models of holiness
  • post-biblical approaches to holiness and wholeness in Christian tradition
  • some of the key issues relating to holiness, spirituality and the mission of the church
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Upon successful completion of the module students should have:
  • Reflected critically on a range of biblical models and approaches to the idea of holiness.
  • Developed skills of critical reflection on primary and secondary literature on holiness and mission
  • Engaged in theological reflection on the nature of holiness and implications for the ongoing life of the local church
  • Explored contexts in which the corporate and social justice elements of holiness thought might relate to ongoing ministerial praxis
Key Skills:
  • Upon successful completion of the module, students should have:
  • Developed research based skills
  • Demonstrated their ability as self reflective, critically aware practitioners
  • Acquired and integrated information through reading and research, and presented that information clearly and effectively in written format
  • Developed their ability to communicate complex ideas orally

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

  • Teaching and learning: Teaching methods will include the following:
  • 1. Lectures:
  • 2. Small group discussions
  • 3. Seminar presentations

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures and small group discussions 10 Weekly 2.2 hours 22
Seminars 8 Weekly 1 8
Independent Preparation and Reading 270
Total 300

Summative Assessment

Component: Seminar Presentation Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Seminar Presentation 45 minutes 100%
Component: Essay Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 3000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

1. Book reviews of three scholarly articles or one scholarly book on holiness. The review(s) to be taken from a select bibliography or of a book(s) agreed with the module tutor.

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