The lecturers in this Degree Programme together constitute a cadre of the finest minds in the theological community of the Caribbean coming from Cuba in the north to Suriname in the south. They have been carefully chosen, not only for their exceptional academic ability, but also in recognition of their outstanding contribution in the field of theology and ecumenical dialogue both regionally and internationally. Collectively, they have many years of knowledge and experience from which there are many benefits to be derived.
While the programme is designed from a Caribbean perspective and will also be delivered from this angle, students from countries outside of the Caribbean are eligible to apply.
Course 1: Biblical Studies 103 a/b
Elements of Biblical Exegesis: An introduction to the use of critical methodology in the study of Scripture and to the two chief biblical languages. Students will become familiar with the standard tools of exegesis and will exegete selected passages from the Bible.
Course 2: Systematic Theology 103 a/b
Introduction to Systematic Theology: An introduction to systematic theology, its sources, methods and authorities. Particular attention will be given to the Christian understanding of God, creation and humanity, and to the philosophical context in which these ideas are formulated.
Course 3: Systematic Theology 210 a/b
Context and Theology: This includes a treatment of Feminist, Indigenous, and Liberation Theologies. An exploration of the place of context in the formulation of meaningful and authentic theological discourse.
Course 4: Systematic Theology 190 a/b
Ecumenism: An Introduction: An exploration of some of the major movements within the churches in the Caribbean which have served to foster ecumenical awareness. Specific attention will be given to The YM/WYCA, the SCM/ISCF and the Scouting movement.
Course 5: Biblical Studies 190 a/b
Biblical Exegesis in a Post-colonial Setting: Exegetical study of selected passages from a post-colonial perspective, specifically, Mark and John, Genesis and Exodus.
Course 6: Mission and Evangelism 190 a/b
Religious Beliefs and Practices in the Caribbean: An exploration of the living faiths that currently exist in the Caribbean with a view to achieving greater religious harmony in communities within the Caribbean region. Attention will be given to forms of dialogue, the quest for justice, peace and unity, colonization, slavery, indentured labour and the quest for self-determination.
Course 7: Systematic Theology 192 a/b
Theological Foundations for Justice and Peace: An ecumenical reflection upon the many challenges facing Caribbean communities in their quest for a just society. Attention will be given to social issues and concerns (past and present), cultural integrity, gender issues, theological reflection on justice and peace and, the transformation of the social, political, economic and environmental life of the community.
Course 8: Biblical Studies 192 a/b
Biblical Foundations for Social Justice: An exploration of biblical material as it addresses individual and cultural longing for justice. Attention will be given to exegesis, the Caribbean context, the international community, interpretation and ethics.
Course 9: Pastoral Theology 290 a/b
Social Issues: An exploration of the social issues and concerns facing the church inclusive of human sexuality, abuse and violence, HIV/Aids and crime, utilizing the resources found in sacred text, tradition and the reasoned mind of the church.
Course 10: Church History 290 a/b
An exploration of Christian development, social and political change and the place of the church for the next Millennium. Primarily, the Caribbean context will be examined with reference to the international community.
Course 11: Systematic Theology 290 a/b
Ecumenism: An exploration of the emergence of the National Councils of Churches (NCCs) and the Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC) and their contribution to the ecumenical life of the churches. Special attention will be given to CADEC, the Chaguaramas Conference, CCC, and CCC Assemblies.
Course 12: Pastoral Theology 292 a/b
Spirituality and Religious Practices in the Caribbean: A critical reflection on the spiritual and religious practices in the Caribbean. Attention will be given to the historical and religious teaching and practices of various denominations in the region. Indigenous expressions of the Christian Faith will also be considered. Such consideration is intended to enable the churches in the region to enhance their self-understanding and mission.
Course 13: Pastoral Theology 294 a/b
Religious Experience in Caribbean literature (Prose and Poetry): A critical examination of local poetry and prose specifically as they relate to the lived theology of the people. Local literature, drama, song and dance will be examined.
Course 14: Biblical Studies 290 a/b
Paul and Patristic Writings: A critical examination of the early church writings specifically as they relate to 21st-Century religious pluralism.
Course 15: Systematic Theology 292 a/b
Missiology: Christianity in the Global Context: Redefining ecumenism, inter-faith practice and dialogue, evangelism and international relations for the 21st Century.
Course 16: Pastoral Theology 296 a/b
Integrative Seminar: An integrative conversation utilizing the resources of previous course material that will address the work of ministry in the current Caribbean culture and socio-political and economic climate.
Thesis: (4 credits)
- Biblical Studies 194 & 294
- Systematic Theology 194 & 294