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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module TMMC3187: Theologiies of the Majority World

Department: Theology, Ministry and Mission

TMMC3187: Theologiies of the Majority World

Type Open Level 3 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 enable students to gain a broad overview of theologies from the Majority World and the perspectives and issues that they raise.
  • To offer students an opportunity to study the theology of a particular Majority World context in depth.
  • To develop an appreciation of the scope and concerns of World Christianity and reflect on their implications for Christianity in the student’s own context and culture.
  • To engender in students a willingness to bring Majority World theology/ies into conversation with the student’s own theological development.
  • To increase students’ openness to the importance of understanding theological writings from the Majority World.


  • This module will explore theologies from one or more Majority World context (e.g., Africa, Asia, Latin America, Palestine and Oceania) and will include:
  • an introduction to the context(s) from which these theologies come
  • an overview of the theologies themselves
  • an exploration of how insights from other contexts can inform and challenge our particular contexts
  • a study of one theologian from the Majority World, or example of Majority World theology, in greater depth.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • [BA SSK 2, 3, 4] [Graduate Cert / Dip SSK 2]
  • Offer a coherent and detailed analysis of one or more major areas of Majority World Theology, some of which is informed by current research.
  • Discuss intelligently aspects of the relationship between Majority World Theology and the practice and experience of the church in the student’s own context.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • [BA SSS 3] [Graduate Cert / Dip SSS 2]
  • Critically analyse modes of inquiry within Christian theology in the context of discipleship, mission and ministry, showing sensitivity to the problems of religious language, experience, and the limits of knowledge.
Key Skills:
  • [BA KS 1, 2] [Graduate Cert / Dip KS 1, 2]
  • Identify, gather, analyse and critically evaluate textual source materials, including material from primary sources and scholarly research, and communicate their findings with clarity and fairness.
  • Critically evaluate ideas, arguments and assumptions, using them to construct and communicate coherent and well-reasoned arguments, showing critical awareness of their own and others’ beliefs, commitments and prejudices.

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

  • Lectures and personal study
  • Summatively assessed essay

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 8 1.75 hours 16
Personal Study 84
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 2500 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

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