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Bachelor of Theology (BTheol)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) 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 papers in various Theology subjects areas and are also able to include up to five papers from outside Theology in their degree programme.

The degree does not have provision for major or minor subjects, but may be endorsed in Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History, or Pastoral Studies.

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.

An endorsed BTheol degree is an entry qualification for the BTheol(Hons) or PGDipTheol programme in the subject of endorsement.

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

Students enrolled for a BTheol programme in or before 2014 will normally complete their programmes under the regulations in force in 2014 (see programme requirements below). Some variations may be possible or necessary. For further information contact the Head of the Department of Theology and Religion.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) endorsed in Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History, or Pastoral Studies

For students enrolled for a BTheol programme in or from 2015

Papers

A programme may be endorsed in one of the following areas of specialisation if it includes the papers specified:

Biblical Studies A total of eight Biblical Studies (BIBS) papers, including three at 300-level.

Christian Thought and History A total of eight Christian Thought and History (CHTH) papers, including three at 300-level.

Pastoral Studies A total of eight Pastoral Studies papers, including three at 300-level (for the purposes of this endorsement, BIBS 121, CHTH 102, and CHTH 131 may be counted as Pastoral Studies papers in addition to PAST papers).

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) majoring in Biblical Studies

For students enrolled for a BTheol programme in or before 2014

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

For students enrolled for a BTheol programme in or before 2014

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

For students enrolled for a BTheol programme in or before 2014

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 the papers specified as Core Paper requirements in the table above.
    4. may be completed without endorsement or may be endorsed in an area of specialisation listed as an Optional Endorsement in the table above.
    5. may include up to 90 points of papers other than BIBS, CHTH, HEBR, PAST, RELS or SANS papers. 

  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. 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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