This introductory module will offer students a critical foundation in relevant core literature, concepts, methods and perspectives. This course examines the role of communication media in the context of changing global realities. It will investigate the nature of media (journalism, advertising, information and communication technologies and the internet). This will include media practices (e.g. infotainment, reality TV), human issues and concerns (e.g. human rights, poverty, global climate change, pandemics, financial crises etc.), that cut across nations. The history of the development of mass media will also be included.
On completion of this module, the successful student will be able to:
1. explain historical relevance, common narratives and compelling theory to illustrate media trends.
2. Discuss the major trends and challenges in media and communication and identify appropriate theoretical frameworks by which to assess them.
3. Evaluate changes in the communication order over time as competing global media influences emerge
Introduction (Aims): The role of a pastor is one that is often poorly defined. In many settings he/she is the teacher, the carer, the chief administrative executive, visionary and many other roles rolled into one. It is often a very stressful job but fulfilling. The statistics could be pretty grim – 90 percent of pastors work 55 – 75 hours a week; 50% feel unable to meet the demands of the job; and 75% report significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry. (Statistics provided by The Fuller Institute, George Barna, and Pastoral Care Inc.)
The major underlying cause of difficulties in pastoral ministry is lack of preparation. 90 percent of pastors in the study quoted above actually reported that the ministry felt different from what they expected.
This course will introduce the student to the basics of what is expected of a pastor based on the pastoral epistles of Paul the apostle (I Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus). Paul was able to successfully raise a number of pastors. He wrote in details to two of these pastors – Timothy and Titus. He encouraged them, instructed them and warned them of some of the pitfalls in pastoral ministry. These letters are the manuals of pastoral work and every pastor is encouraged to read them regularly and study them at least once a year.
- Understand the principles of
pastoral theology from Pastoral Epistles
- Evaluate the principles of pastoral theology as taught in
Introduction (Aim): The intention of this module is to introduce students to the most commonly discussed doctrines within the evangelical and Pentecostal churches. It is intended to be basic and introductory. Detailed theological discussions and arguments have been avoided. References are made however to opinions of different Christian denominations for completeness.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
· Understand key aspects of basic Christian doctrines.
· Have knowledge and understanding of some of the variety of opinions within Christianity regarding some Christian doctrines.
· Understand how a basic Christian doctrine can affect their perception of themselves and others.