The objective this module is to equip students the learn the basics of how to read, think and write theologically. The module will take the students through effective learning processes like improving reading skills and developing vocabulary. The student undertake a short introduction to Biblical and Theological resources. This course will help students to develop a confidence in listening to theological lectures and reading portions of selected books for reflective reading.
At the end of the course, students will be able to gain:
This course will help the students with basic knowledge on effective learn strategies; awareness to biblical and theological resources; discerning academic multimedia resources to reflection on contextual challenges.
This course will help the students to learn the skills of effective reading, writing and thinking academically. Students will be able to learn and practice the skill of writing, listening and reflecting diverse theological resources.
This course will acquaint the students with diverse theological resource and will develop an appreciation to academic content. The students will be able to engage with different authors and resources which will bring greater opportunity to develop broader attitude .
- Alister E. McGrath, The Christian Theology Reader, (Hoboken : Wiley Blackwell), 2017
- Charles C. Manz, The Leadership Wisdom of Jesus: Practical Lessons for Today, (San Fransico: Barrett-Koehler Publishers, 2011.
- Eric D. Barreto (ed), Thinking Theologically Foundations for Learning, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015.
- Eric D. Barreto (ed), Writing Theologically Foundations for Learning, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015.
SUPPLEMENTARY / RECOMMENDED READING AND TOOLS (Bibliography)
- Adler, Mortimer J., and Charles Van Doren. How To Read A Book: The Classic Guide To Intelligent Reading. Simon and Schuster, 2014.
- Burke, Jim. “Academic vocabulary list.”avaliable online at www.englishcompanion.com. Retrieved on January (2020).
- McMillan, Kathleen, and Jonathan DB Weyers. The Study Skills Book. 2012.
- Zemach, Dorothy E., and Lisa Rumisek. Academic Writing. Macmillan, 2016.
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 to others who have committed to being a part of this learning community.
ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING
Quiz (daily quiz) 30 %weightage:
A self-assessment quiz that consists of multiple-choice, true/false questions, short answer, text with feedback. Note that quizzes are used for self-assessment and not formal exams – so formative. These quizzes are based on video lectures, reading assignments, multimedia content etc., that you learn from on weekly basis.
- Discussion Forum
A. Weekly Discussions and Written Responses: 200 Words each (Total 30%).
Late responses are not accepted. Each week’s initial response is due on Wednesday (11:59pm) and interactions with other responses are due on Saturday (11:59pm).
Attendance in this course is demonstrated by regular log-ins and up-to-date participation in forums.
Every Monday a weekly discussion question will become visible. Each student will read through the question and take time to formulate a response.
Aim for responses that display a thorough understanding of the textbooks and primary sources relevant to each question and a clear engagement with the class discussions and lectures, especially identifying areas of your understanding of each week’s themes that have challenged, changed, and/or enriched you. This is not a summary of the readings and the lectures, but a response to particular themes/arguments. Be specific and brief, but not superficial.
The initial response should be 200 words but there is no set limit on words for the subsequent interactions between students. In order to maximize the benefit of this element of the course, the student should post his/her initial response by 11:59 pm on Wednesday of the week and then spend the remainder of that week interacting with their colleagues in the class until Saturday at 11:59pm.
Each weekly questions and themes will be discussed on following week during optional class meetings
Discussion Forum and Grading Rubric (see the General Grading from FBC Grading standards)
B. Reflective Papers (3 nos): 500 Words each, 30%. Due on the last week of the course.
Since there are no lecture videos and readings, the last week days are dedicate for you to reflect and write three reflective papers. You need to demonstrate familiarity with the five previous weeks of learning and free to choose any of the topics and write 500 words of reflections on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each day..
C. SUMMARY OF ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING
Evaluation is based upon the completion of the following assignments:
|Engagement in Weekly Live Session||10%|
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN WORK
Submission Method and Late Submission
Submission: Papers to be submitted electronically in .doc or .docx format via Global Classroom
Late Submission Penalties:
- All late assignments will be penalized 1% (1 point) per
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 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.
ONLINE PRIMARY SOURCE READINGS
The readings can be found as PDF files on the course web page at under “Materials”.