Capstone Integrated Project (P/G)

Field: Cross Disciplinary
Unit Code(s): XX9900T/XX9909T
Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate (Capstone)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face or Online
Prerequisites: General rules pertaining to Capstone units, typically being taken in the final two semesters of a Masters degree
Content: This unit is offered in order to enable postgraduate students to fulfil the capstone requirements related to their award and is intended to be taken in the student’s final year. It aims to direct, support and encourage the integration of student learning across the theological disciplines by means of participation in an integrative seminar and completion of a project that draws on the student’s prior learning and directs it towards an integrative treatment of a chosen topic. Topics may be related to a particular theme identified in advance by Faculty. Projects must include explicit engagement with methodologies, concepts, and content from more than one Field and show awareness of the issues related to creative and effective communication of theological ideas. Seminars will provide an overall framework for integrative learning, but specific content will be largely determined by the participants’ own interests and experience. Students will be expected to present their ideas to their peers and members of Faculty and to engage in critical interaction and feedback within the seminar process and at a Colloquium before a wider group.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical and sophisticated understanding of the methodologies, concepts and key issues from at least two fields of study explored in their prior learning
  • articulate points of synthesis and integration between different fields of theological study (biblical, historical, systematic, philosophical, practical)
  • direct their understanding towards the generation of new questions and insight in relation to a chosen project that relates to at least two fields of theological study
  • present integrated theological ideas coherently, creatively and effectively, taking into account critical feedback from peers
  • plan and execute a substantial integrative project, drawing on advanced skills in research, writing and presentation.
  • Integrative project of 6,000 words (or equivalent), first presented in seminar and showing evidence of peer interaction and response to seminar learning (100%)

Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Bass, Dorothy C. and Craig Dykstra, eds. For Life Abundant: Practical Theology, Theological Education, and Christian Ministry. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

Ballard and Pritchard. Practical Theology in Action: Christian Thinking in the Service of Church and Society. 2nd ed. London SPCK, 2006.

Berry, Ralph. The Research Project: How to Write it. 4th ed. London: Routledge, 2000.

Farley, Edward. Theologia: The Fragmentation and Unity of Theological Education (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2001)

Forrester, Duncan. Truthful Action: Explorations in Practical Theology. Edinburgh T&T Clark, 2000.

Ghiloni, Aaron J. ‘On Writing Interdisciplinary Theology’, Practical Theology 6 (2013): 9–33.

Graham, Elaine. Transforming Practice, London: Mowbray, 1996

Graham, Elaine. Words Made Flesh: Writings in Pastoral and Practical Theology. London: SCM, 2009.

Gorringe, Timothy. Furthering Humanity: A Theology of Culture. Basingstoke: Ashgate, 2004.

Markham, Ian S. A Theology of Engagement. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003.

Reader, John. Reconstructing Practical Theology: The Impact of Globalization. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.

Swinton and Mowat. Practical Theology and Qualitative Research, London: SCM, 2006.

Thielicke, Helmut. A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, trans. Charles Taylor. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1962)

Volf, Miroslav and Bass, Dorothy C., eds. Practicing Theology: Beleifs and Practices in Christian Life. Grand Rapids, Mic, Eerdmans, 2002.

Yaghjian, Lucretia B. Writing Theology Well: A Rhetoric for Theological and Biblical Writers. New York / London: Continuum, 2006.

Further titles will be provided in relation to the chosen theme for each year’s Capstone Seminar.