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PAST322 Arts and Cultures in Christian Ministry and Mission

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The role of the arts in expressing, shaping, nourishing and critiquing Christian faith, including how the arts in different theological traditions might enrich Christian ministry and mission.

Paper title Arts and Cultures in Christian Ministry and Mission
Paper code PAST322
Subject Pastoral Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (4 July 2022 - 12 November 2022) (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 200-level PAST paper
Restriction
MINS 414
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Eligibility
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
Contact

Academic Liaison: Professor Murray Rae

Teaching staff

Dr Judith Brown

Paper Structure

This paper will cover 3 topics:

  • Theology and the arts
  • Theology, music and the visual arts
  • The arts in Christian theology and public space: seeking God in culture and art

  • Assessment:
  • Two 2,500-word essays (50% each)

Teaching Arrangements

This paper will be taught as a one-week compulory intensive block course in Dunedin.  Lectures will be held from Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July inclusive.

Textbooks

  • Michael Austin, Explorations and Art, Theology, and Imagination, Sheffield: Taylor & Francis, 2014

  • Jeremy Begbie, Redeeming Transcendence in the Arts: Bearing Witness to the Triune God, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary Perspective, Global Perspective, Cultural Understanding, Critical Thinking Information Literacy, Research Skills, Self-Motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  1. Engage appreciatively and critically with secular sources that reveal the possibility of grace in unexpected places and forms.
  2. Reflect critically on issues of meaning in culture.
  3. Communicate and appraise a range of methods and interpretive skills that facilitate critical analysis.
  4. Give evidence in assignments of reflection that is structured and creative, and that uses appropriate academic style.
  5. Demonstrate respect for the integrity of the arts.

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (4 July 2022 - 12 November 2022)

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 13:00-15:50 27
Tuesday 09:00-15:50 27
Wednesday 09:00-15:50 27
Thursday 09:00-15:50 27
Friday 09:00-11:50 27

An exploration of the role of the arts in expressing, shaping, nourishing and critiquing Christian faith and theology.

Paper title Christian Theology and the Arts
Paper code PAST322
Subject Pastoral Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (13 February 2023 - 21 June 2023) (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2023 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 paper
Restriction
MINS 414
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Eligibility
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
Contact

Academic Liaison: Professor Murray Rae - murray.rae@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin

Paper Structure

This paper will cover 4 topics:

  • Theology and the arts
  • Theology, language and literature
  • The arts in Christian ministry and mission, including liturgy, worship, and gathered church experience
  • The arts and theology in public space: worship and mission meet missiology

Assessment:

  • Two 2,500-word essays (50% each)
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching

The paper will be taught as a five-day compulsory intensive block course in Dunedin from Monday 13 February to Friday 17 February.

Textbooks

There is no textbook for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary Perspective, Global Perspective, Cultural Understanding, Critical Thinking Information Literacy, Research Skills, Self-Motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this paper students at 300-level will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect on the effectiveness of the arts for expressing, exploring, shaping, nourishing and critiquing Christian faith.
  2. Engage in critical reflection upon the arts as a medium of theological expression.
  3. Reflect on the way in which at least two different approaches to the arts might affect or shape theological inquiry.

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (13 February 2023 - 21 June 2023)

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

Workshop

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 09:00-11:50 7