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Grad.Dip in Transformational Development

Module topics and course description

Foundations: Christian Thinking and Vocational Practice (Pass/Fail)

This module explores issues of vocation and ministry, and introduces students to a framework for theological reflection that will help them connect faith and work in practical ways. It provides tools students can use to structure their thinking and apply theological processes to decision-making and problem-solving in work and ministry.

Module 1: A Theology of Integral Mission (4 credits)

This module explores a biblical framework for transformational development. Selected biblical texts on the themes of poverty, wealth, justice, compassion and human flourishing are set within the context of the Bible’s overarching narrative of the Kingdom of God. This will provide a framework within which students will explore Christian responses to the needs of marginalized people.

Module 2: Community Development (4 credits)

The principles behind international development theories are introduced in this module, and secular and biblical approaches compared. Students will be exposed to the emerging best practices, challenges and lessons learnt from academics and practitioners, and develop a theological framework for holistic and transformational development.

Module 3: Partnerships for Development (4 credits)

The many kinds of partnerships involved in transformational development are discussed, including partnerships with communities, government, business, other organizations and churches. Students will examine how healthy, effective partnerships can be established and nurtured, at local and district level as well as nationally and internationally.

Module 4: Spiritual Formation and Leadership (4 credits)

In this module, students are challenged to explore the connections between a strong, vibrant spiritual life and the vocation of development work, particularly in leadership roles. Students will consider how a deepening relationship with God and alignment with Jesus’ attitude of servanthood can be expressed through effective, relational leadership.

Module 5: Creation Care and Environmental Sustainability (4 credits)

Students will investigate the fundamental biblical call on humanity to care for creation and to nurture the earth’s productivity in a just and sustainable way. Effective sustainable development practices designed to help local communities develop greater economic and environmental resilience in the context of the unfolding global ecological crisis will be examined. Special consideration will be given to the role of faith-based Christian development organisations and local churches in this process.

Module 6: Faith Engaging Conflict and Society (4 credits)

This module critically engages with three current trends in society today: conflict and violence, resurgent religion and cultural diversity. The dynamic reality of conflict and violence, and the corresponding role of the individual and faith-based organizations as peace builders will be examined. Students will also evaluate the nature of religious resurgence and religious worldviews in multi-faith societies.



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