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PAST311 Preaching and Communication in a Contemporary Context

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An exploration of communication issues that affect congregations and ministry organisations today, including interpreting the Bible and preaching in an increasingly secular world, as well as digital and online communication.

Paper title Preaching and Communication in a Contemporary Context
Paper code PAST311
Subject Pastoral Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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Prerequisite
One 200-level PAST or PASX paper
Restriction
MINS 407, MINX 407, PASX 311
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Contact
paul.trebilco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: to be advised.
Paper Structure
This paper is divided into seven modules:
  • Module 1: Changes in Communication
  • Module 2: Communicating Congregational Identity and Values
  • Module 3: The Rise in Visual Culture
  • Module 4: Electronic Communication
  • Module 5: Preaching the Bible
  • Module 6: Preaching: Moving from Text to Context
  • Module 7: Preaching and the Imagination
Teaching Arrangements
Five 1.5-hour videoconferences (on Saturday mornings) and a teaching day
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required.
A course book has been prepared for this paper.
Course outline
View the course outline for PAST 311
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete PAST 311 should be able to
  • Describe and critically analyse implications for congregations of new forms of electronic communication and the rise in visual communication
  • Critically analyse the communication strategies of existing congregations
  • Articulate ways to move between text and context as they study the Bible, considering the needs of the listeners, the challenges of the wider society and the relevance of the biblical text in preparing sermons
  • Describe and critically evaluate trends in preaching styles that are relevant for our postmodern, post-Christendom, multicultural society in New Zealand

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Timetable

Not offered in 2020

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

An exploration of communication issues that affect congregations and ministry organisations today, including interpreting the Bible and preaching in an increasingly secular world, as well as digital and online communication.

An exploration of communication issues that affect congregations and ministry organisations today, including interpreting the Bible and preaching in an incrasingly secular world.

Paper title Preaching and Communication in a Contemporary Context
Paper code PAST311
Subject Pastoral Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester (15 February 2021 - 23 June 2021)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2021 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 200-level PAST or PASX paper
Restriction
MINS 407, MINX 407, PASX 311
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Contact
paul.trebilco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Course Coordinator: Professor Paul Trebilco
Lecturers: Dr Paul Windsor and Dr Geoff New

Paper Structure

This paper is divided into five modules

  • Module 1: Word: Written
  • Module 2: Listener
  • Module 3: World
  • Module 4: Preacher
  • Module 5: Word: Living
Teaching Arrangements

This is a one-week intensive course in Dunedin. Lectures will be held from Monday 15 to Friday 19 February inclusive.

Textbooks

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Articulate and analyse factors that lead to effective preaching.
  • Articulate ways to move between text and context as they study the Bible, considering the needs of the listeners, the challenges of the wider society and the relevance of the biblical text in preparing sermons.
  • Describe and critically evaluate trends in preaching styles that are relevant for our postmodern, post-Christendom, multicultural society in New Zealand adn for our globalised world.
  • Assess and modify their own preaching style in the light of new learning about how to move betweem text and context and how to consider audience issues.

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Timetable

First Semester (15 February 2021 - 23 June 2021)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 13:00-16:50 7
Tuesday 09:00-16:50 7
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 7
Thursday 09:00-16:50 7
Friday 09:00-12:50 7