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Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module TMMC2097: Mission Entrepreneurship: Principles

Department: Theology, Ministry and Mission

TMMC2097: Mission Entrepreneurship: Principles

Type Tied Level 2 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap None. Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • To introduce students to the principles, history and practice of entrepreneurship through its study in the social sector.
  • To encourage students to relate social entrepreneurship to mission initiatives.
  • To introduce students to project management in an entrepreneurial context, with a focus on sustainability.
  • To give students an opportunity to reflect theologically on entrepreneurship and pioneering initiatives for mission.


  • A study of social enterprise: its history, its relevance in mission as well as more widely in civil society, and the opportunities it offers the church.
  • Theological reflection on the nature and methods of entrepreneurship, especially in relation to mission in non-church contexts.
  • The project management stages involved in starting up pioneering mission projects and social enterprise, including
  • How will you get started?
  • How will it be sustained?
  • Who is going to be involved?
  • How will you build a team?
  • How will you measure impact?

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Explain in detail the key dynamics and building blocks required in the establishing of a new project or initiative.
  • Offer a theological and pragmatic analysis and assessment of entrepreneurial approaches to ministry and mission and the questions they raise.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Create a strategy for starting and growing a project or social enterprise, including identifying the risks and opportunities at the different stages of establishing a new project.
  • Draw on theological disciplines to reflect critically on entrepreneurial approaches in the context of discipleship, ministry and mission, and communicate this appropriately and effectively.
Key Skills:
  • Identify, gather and evaluate source materials for a range of purposes, and communicate their content effectively in diverse contexts.
  • Take responsibility for a task that involves independent inquiry; the management of time, resources and use of 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.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 6 1.75 hours 10.5
Small group work 2 1.75 hours 3.5
Personal Study 86
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Assignment 1,000 words 100%
Component: Reflective Journal Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Reflective Journal 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