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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)

Module TMMC1091: Mission and Evangelism

Department: Theology, Ministry and Mission

TMMC1091: Mission and Evangelism

Type Tied Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap None. Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

  • L5-20 Mission and Evangelism


  • To give an overview of the range of Christian patterns - in Scripture, history and the contemporary church - of relating to the world in witness to Christ as a means of informing a responsible mission theology.
  • To equip students with the understanding and basic skills necessary for engagement with, and leadership of, the church’s participation in the mission of God.
  • To enable students to enter with knowledge into current debates and practices with regard to the shapes of ecclesial existence and witness appropriate to our cultural environment.
  • To enable students to embody the attitudes, words and actions that witness to Christ in ways appropriate to his/her vocation.


  • A survey of biblical material relevant to the understanding and practice of Christian mission.
  • A selective presentation of important historical trends in Christian witness to society.
  • An exploration of ways of articulating and understanding mission and evangelism (and their relationship) in today’s world, building on the ‘[Five] Marks of Mission’.
  • An assessment of current thinking and practice in relation to traditional and innovative patterns of ecclesial being and witness.
  • An introductory evaluation of Christian attitudes to the proclamation of the gospel in contemporary society, community relations, inter-faith dialogue, environmental concerns, issues of justice, and political engagement.
  • Some practical engagement with mission practices of the church.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Investigate and describe competently biblical, theological and historical foundations for Christian engagement with the world in mission and evangelism, engaging with the questions to which they give rise.
  • Discuss intelligently the relationship between mission and evangelism and the issues and questions relevant to their practice in contemporary contexts.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Prioritise, plan and participate in practices of Christian mission drawing on the learning from this and other relevant modules, including relating sensitively and with understanding to people of different worldviews.
  • Reflect on experiences and practice of mission in the light of their learning, communicating their findings accurately and reliably.
Key Skills:
  • Identify, gather and evaluate source materials for a specific purpose.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches, communicating their findings sensitively and respectfully, showing self-awareness about their own beliefs, commitments and prejudices.
  • Carry out a guided task that involves: independent inquiry; management of time and resources; using IT; meeting deadlines; evaluating the task and learning from it.

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

  • Teaching methods to be specified by each TEI, selecting from the following:
  • Lectures provide content, a conceptual framework and a survey of approaches within a subject area that enable students to locate their learning in a wider context, to make connections with other disciplines, and to evaluate and apply their learning to different contexts.
  • Seminars offer students an opportunity to present, evaluate and apply their knowledge to specific contexts, and to engage with teaching staff and peers in debate and reflection.
  • Guided reading in conjunction with lectures encourages independent learning and underpins the knowledge and understanding gained in lectures and seminars.
  • Small group learning creates an environment where students learn to articulate their knowledge and understanding effectively and in a way that is relevant to the group and its context.
  • Case studies offer students the opportunity to apply their knowledge, analytical and problem-solving skills to the kinds of complex, realistic and often ambiguous situations they are likely to encounter in their profession / ministry/ vocation. They can be designed to encourage group work, testing numerous transferable skills such as those of listening, engaging in debate and seeking consensus.
  • Tutorials enhance learning by offering feedback and encouraging students to reflect on their own response to the knowledge and skills they have acquired.
  • Practical classes enable students to practice their ability to communicate a subject matter orally, creatively and appropriately and to learn from the feedback of teachers and peers.
  • Placements and/or work-based learning ensures that students make habitual connections between knowledge, understanding, skills, professional practice and the reality of a specific context, under the supervision of an experienced practitioner.
  • Programmed online learning materials guide students through knowledge content, its wider framework and different approaches to its application.
  • Virtual discussion forums offer students the opportunity to articulate the knowledge and understanding they have acquired to others and to engage in informed debate.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 1.75 hours 17.5
Small Group Work 4 1.75 hours 7
Practical 1 1.75 hours 1.75
Presentations 1 1.75 hours 1.75
Placement 20 hours 20
Personal study 152
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 2,500 words 100%
Component: Written Theological Reflection Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Commentary 2,500 words 50%
Presentation 15 minutes 50%

Formative Assessment:

Formative Assessment Students will be expected to demonstrate engagement with the subject matter and the learning outcomes throughout the module by suitable formative assessments that encourage integrative and reflective skills.

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