Introduction to Christian Theology

Ref: C2343742

To learn to consider, discuss and respond to Theology and theological questions in a mainly Christian and historical context in order to develop individual theological responses and skills, including an emphasis on group discussion. As an Introduction to Theology, students on this course will need to buy the set text book: Theology, A Very Short Introduction by David F. Ford, 2nd Edition (OUP, 2013). This course is for anyone who would like to be introduced to theological questions and how Christian theologians have attempted to answer them throughout history as well as in our own times. All are welcome: students with a faith or without, agnostic or atheistic, religious or non-religious: all students will be encouraged to discover ways of doing and discussing theology. Discussions will focus mostly on Christian theology, both orthodox and not, within a broad range of theological thought and opinions.

Course aim

To learn to discuss theological questions in a mainly Christian and historical context; to develop individual theological responses and skills, based on group discussions; students will need to buy Theology, A Very Short Introduction by David F. Ford

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Everyone welcome - participants will want to read "A Very Short Introduction to Theology" by David Ford and discuss their responses to the text with others. The Tutor will present and lead the discussions online via Zoom each week and educational materials and Modules will be published on Canvas.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Read and research at least 2 to 3 theological texts and be able to respond to theories and ideas
  • Discuss and develop individual theological opinions and examine your own answers to some of life’s important questions
  • Study collaboratively in a small group to present and discuss theological ideas, appreciating and critiquing those of others
  • Describe 2 or 3 theological topics from a diverse historical and contemporary range
  • Demonstrate an ability to develop research into theological ideas using effective communication skills

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Students are encouraged to read the set text book. As theology students, all participants will be required to do further online research at home and in class, respond to questions with their reasons, and participate in class learning activities including reading, writing and discussing with others.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • The course focuses on developing theological skills, communication and discussion with other students. Students will want to undertake voluntary presentations during the course and are encouraged to view course Modules, Discussions and Assignments on Canvas and participate in discussions online.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Students will buy the text-book and be prepared to discuss theology with an open mind. Students from all religious and non-religious backgrounds are welcome to explore theological ideas in an inclusive, respectful learning environment, and not trying to convert others to any particular religion.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-course reading is required: resources will be made available to you using the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Students will need to buy "A Very Short Introduction to Theology" by David F. Ford (2nd edition), the set text book for use on the course. Other books may be useful as background reading: Pocket History of Theology by Olson & English The History of Christian Thought by Jonathan Hill

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Introduction to Christian Theology

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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