This course takes the discussion on Systematic Theology further and delves into various topics and issues of interest in the doctrine of God, the doctrine of Christ and the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. This course addresses theological issues that are relevant to today’s Church, their historical development, and the present status of the conversation while spotting key thinkers in each area.
At the end of the course, students will be able to gain:
To help the students achieve a good overview of the major issues and topics in the aforementioned doctrines, and to help them see the interconnected nature of theology. The course also aims to provide the learners with a thorough historical grounding with regard to these three doctrines. They will understand the basic aspects of each issue discussed in this course, the aspects which tend to form the basis of unity among evangelical circles, as well as the aspects which tend to divide Christianity.
To help the students develop research skills in the area of Systematic Theology. The course will also help them in differentiating the right doctrines from the heretical ones, thus allowing them to see for themselves what constitutes an orthodox framework for theology, and what does not.
Attitudinally, the course aims to help the students to develop an interest in reading, researching, and articulating their belief structures with conviction and evidences in a well-thought and coherent manner.
McGrath, Alister E. Christian Theology. 6th ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. Print. (Available with your GC Perlego subscription at the following link: https://www.perlego.com/book/995325/christian-theology-an-introduction-pdf
Erickson, Millard. Christian Theology. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013. Print. (Available as a PDF file in the materials section of the first lesson of the course.)
GUIDELINES FOR INTERACTIONS
We anticipate our students to have varied viewpoints which will enrich the discussions in our learning community. Therefore, we ask our students to be charitable and respectful in their interactions with each other and to remain focused on the topic of discussion, out of respect for others who have committed to being a part of this learning community.
ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING
A. Discussion Forums (Maximum Weightage – 30 Percentage)
Discussion forums are one of the primary criteria for course assessment in this course. In this assessment task, you are required to respond to the topics assigned for discussion (200 words) and respond to the responses of others as well (150 words). Each week’s initial response is due on Thursday (11:59 pm) and interactions with other responses are due on Saturday (11:59 pm).
Your response and interaction with the responses of others must reflect a thorough knowledge of the textbooks, reference materials, lecture videos, and lesson materials that are relevant to the discussion topic while ensuring that you are reflecting on the topic and its relevance in today’s context, and not just summarizing what is already there in the materials. Grades will be awarded based on the
B. Reflection Papers/Short Research Papers/Book Reports—Weekly (Maximum Weightage – 30 Percentage)
A short research paper or a reflection paper or a book report, as indicated in the Weekly Assessment. For Research Papers, you will be required to follow all the rules of research. Reflection papers are meant to be your reflections on a particular topic.
C. Research Paper (Maximum Weightage – 30 Percentage)
Write a research paper (2400-3000 words) on one of the topics assigned at the end of this course. The topics will be drawn from your overall course content, and through your research paper, you will demonstrate substantial familiarity with the topic itself, the scholarship engaged in the topic, the issues associated with the topic, and the practical relevance of the topic in our current context (Christian life, ministry, Church, culture and the context of the world itself).
D. Live Session Attendance (Maximum Weightage – 10 Percentage)
Write a research paper (2400-3000 words) on one of the topics assigned at the end of this course. The topics will be drawn from your overall course content, and through your research paper, you will demonstrate substantial familiarity with the topic itself, the scholars engaged in the topic, the issues associated with the topic, and the practical relevance of the topic in our current context (Christian life, ministry, Church, culture and the context of the world itself).
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN WORK
Submission Method and Late Submission
Submission: Papers are to be submitted electronically in .doc or .docx format via Global Classroom – Assignment Upload
Late Submission Penalties:
- Weekly Responses and Primary Source Analysis Paper will NOT be accepted as late.
- Late submission of all other assignments, with a genuine reason, will be penalized 1% (1 point) per day. Student needs to get the prior written permission from the instructor, copying the same to the Registrar. A maximum of three days would be permitted by the instructor, for a late submission.
In all assigned work, proper style guidelines must be used and followed exactly; failure to do so will render the submitted assignment unacceptable.
For proper citation style, consult the FBC Style Guide or the full edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers: Seventh Edition, especially chapters 5 and 6 for the arrangement of entries through in-text citations and Works Cited.
Integrity in academic work is required of all our students. Academic dishonesty is any breach of this integrity, and includes such practices as cheating (the use of unauthorized material on tests and examinations), submitting the same work for different classes without permission of the instructors; using false information (including false references to secondary sources) in an assignment; improper or unacknowledged collaboration with other students, and plagiarism.
Global Classroom takes seriously its responsibility to uphold academic integrity and to penalize academic dishonesty.
Global Classroom values quality in the courses it offers its students. End-of-course evaluations provide valuable student feedback and are one of the ways that Global Classroom works towards maintaining and improving the quality of courses and the student’s learning experience. Student involvement in this process is critical to enhancing the general quality of teaching and learning.
Before the end of the course, students will receive an email with a link to the online course evaluation. The link can also be found in the left column on the course page. The evaluation period is 2 weeks; after the evaluation period has ended, it cannot be reopened.
Course Evaluation results will not be disclosed to the instructor before the final grades in the course have been submitted and processed. Student names will be kept confidential and the instructor will only see the aggregated results of the class.
ONLINE PRIMARY SOURCE READINGS
The readings can be found as PDF files on the course web page under “Materials”.