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Bachelor of Theology (BTheol)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) is a specialist degree which requires three years of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study. The degree can also be completed via Distance Learning. Students are required to take subjects from the major subject areas of Theology, which are Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History, and Pastoral Studies. They are also able to include five papers from outside of Theology in their degree.

Students are taught by research-active scholars, are expected to undertake a variety of learning experiences and are challenged to develop their intellectual independence. Graduates of the programme are well-informed about the key themes of and approaches to the different areas of study which are encompassed by the subject areas of Theology and have the ability to integrate learning across the range of subject areas of Theology.

The completed BTheol degree is an entry qualification for the PGDipTheol in the major subject of the degree.

The Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Minor Subject Areas

Selecting a minor subject is not compulsory and there may be other combinations of papers more appropriate to your degree. There are no particular subject requirements for the other papers of your degree, but if you wish you may have another subject specified as a minor subject in your degree by passing the prescribed papers for any of the listed subjects.

Full list of available minor subject areas

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) majoring in Biblical Studies

Level Papers Points
100-level

BIBS 112  Interpreting the Old Testament

BIBS 121  Interpreting the New Testament

CHTH 102  The History of Christianity

CHTH 111  Doing Theology

CHTH 131  God and Ethics in the Modern World

18

18

18

18

18

200-level

One of
BIBS 211  Old Testament Prophets,
BIBS 213  Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis,
BIBS 215  Special Topic: The Bible in Religious Education,
RELS 211 The Dead Sea Scrolls.

One of
BIBS 221  The Gospels,
BIBS 223  Greek New Testament Exegesis 2,
BIBS 224  Special Topic,
BIBS 226  Jesus in the New Testament.

One further paper from 200-level BIBS, or RELS 211  The Dead Sea Scrolls

Two 200-level CHTH, PAST or RELS papers

 
18

 

 

 

18

 

 

18

36

300-level

Four 300-level BIBS papers

RELS 311  The Dead Sea Scrolls (Advanced) may be substituted for one paper

72
Plus

108 further points; must include 18 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Theology

Must include a RELS paper if no RELS paper included elsewhere in programme.

108
Total   360

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Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) majoring in Christian Thought and History

Level Papers Points
100-level

BIBS 112  Interpreting the Old Testament

BIBS 121  Interpreting the New Testament

CHTH 102  The History of Christianity

CHTH 111  Doing Theology

CHTH 131  God and Ethics in the Modern World

18

18

18

18

18

200-level

One of
CHTH 202  Modern Christianity,
CHTH 203  Special Topic: Public Theology and Global Issues
CHTH 204  Special Topic: New Zealand Christianity
CHTH 206  The Reformation.

One of
CHTH 211  Christology,
CHTH 212  Spirit, Church and Sacraments,
CHTH 213  Issues in Theology,
CHTH 215  Humanity and Creation,
CHTH 217  Special Topic,
CHTH 231  Christianity, War and Violence.

One further 200-level CHTH paper

Two 200-level BIBS, PAST or RELS papers

 
18

 

 

 

18

 

 

 

18

36

300-level Four 300-level CHTH papers 72
Plus

108 further points; must include 18 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Theology

Must include a RELS paper if no RELS paper included elsewhere in programme.

108
Total   360

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Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) majoring in Pastoral Studies

Level Papers Points
100-level

BIBS 112  Interpreting the Old Testament

BIBS 121  Interpreting the New Testament

CHTH 102  The History of Christianity

CHTH 111  Doing Theology

CHTH 131  God and Ethics in the Modern World

18

18

18

18

18

200-level

Three 200-level PAST papers

or

Two 200-level PAST papers and CHTH 231  Christianity, War and Violence

Two further BIBS, CHTH or RELS papers

54

 

 

36

300-level

Four papers from 300-level PAST papers and CHTH 331  Christianity, War and Violence (Advanced)

72
Plus

108 further points; must include 18 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Theology

Must include a RELS paper if no RELS paper included elsewhere in programme.

108
Total   360

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology (BTheol)

  1. Structure of the Programme

    Every programme of study for the degree

    1. shall consist of papers worth not less than 360 points,
    2. shall include at least 180 points for papers above 100-level, of which at least 72 points shall be for papers above 200-level,
    3. shall include BIBS 112, BIBS 121, CHTH 102, CHTH 111, CHTH 131,
    4. shall include one RELS paper,
    5. shall satisfy at least one of the the requirements for at least one major subject listed above. No paper above 200-level may count for more than one Major Subject Requirement,
    6. shall include, if only one Major Subject Requirement is met, two papers at 200-level from Theology Schedule C other than those included in that Major Subject Requirement.
    7. may include one or more optional minor subjects available via the link above. No papers may count for both a Major and Minor Subject Requirement, or for more than one Minor Subject Requirement, unless that paper is at 100- or 200-level and is specified as compulsory for both Requirements,may include papers which are not listed in Theology Schedule C either:
      1. up to 90 points; or
      2. as specified in the Minor Subject Requirements.

    Note: A number of Theology papers are also available through Distance Learning.

  2. Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

    Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).

  3. Credits

    A candidate who has been enrolled for the degree of Bachelor of Divinity may, upon withdrawal from that degree programme and with the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities), be credited with a paper or papers towards the degree of Bachelor of Theology.

  4. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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