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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)

Module TMMC1217: Foundations of Leadership and Theology for Ministry and Mission

Department: Theology, Ministry and Mission

TMMC1217: Foundations of Leadership and Theology for Ministry and Mission

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


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • To enable students to describe and discuss different models of leadership in the church and the workplace.
  • To enable students to reflect upon models of leadership using biblical and theological approaches within the context of the church’s ministry and mission.
  • To encourage students to reflect from a theological and biblical perspective upon their own experiences of leadership.
  • To develop students’ awareness of servant leadership and collaborative ministry in the context of the ministry and mission of the church.


  • Secular, biblical and theological approaches to issues of leadership.
  • The relationship between leadership, authority, service and collaboration from an ecclesiological and missiological perspective.
  • The relationship between understandings of leadership, personal formation and spirituality.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Describe and discuss theological and biblical principles which apply to leadership and collaboration in the context of the church’s ministry and mission.
  • Explore influential ideas about leadership and management from a theological perspective in the context of Christian discipleship, ministry and mission.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Reflect theologically upon their experience of group and team membership and leadership.
Key Skills:
  • 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.
  • Recognise key issues in their own personal and professional development.

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.
  • 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.

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
Written assignment 2,500 words 100%

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