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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)

Module TMMC1147: Introduction to Christian Worship

Department: Theology, Ministry and Mission

TMMC1147: Introduction to Christian Worship

Type Tied Level 1 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap None. Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

  • L4-20 Foundations in Christian Worship L4-20 Growing Together in Christ: Worship and Spirituality


  • To give students a basic overview of Christian worship and introduce the study of Christian worship
  • To enable students to develop some basic skills in the leading of elements of Christian worship as appropriate to denomination and vocation.
  • To equip students with skills and knowledge for further study of this subject area.


  • Brief overview of the historical context of Christian worship
  • Survey of a limited range of approaches to and aspects of Christian worship, for example: confession intercession hymns and songs the Lord’s prayer inculturation specific denominational worship patterns litany charismatic worship
  • Introduction to designing and planning corporate worship

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Discuss knowledgeably core concepts, principles and texts of Christian worship, their historic roots and development.
  • Explore and describe intelligently the questions raised by the interpretation of these concepts, principles and texts in different contexts.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Demonstrate basic skills in aspects of planning and/or leading Christian worship as vocationally appropriate.
  • Reflect on practice and experience of worship in the context of discipleship, mission and ministry.
Key Skills:
  • Identify, gather and evaluate source materials for a specific purpose.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 8 1.75 hours 14
Personal study 86
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Liturgy Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Liturgy 1,000 words 100%
Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Theological and contextual reflection 1,500 words 100%

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