Bachelor of Theology Honours Degree

Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Theology Honours Degree Conventional Full Time programme is a four (4) year pre-service programme of study designed for A Level certificate holders interested in serving as Ministers of Religion. The programme intents:

  • To produce an ideal graduate Minister for the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ) and various denominations in any given context.
  • To produce graduate ministers able to contextualise Biblical theology in any given context.
  • To produce students with understanding of the Christian nature of theology (Christian and Reformed spirituality).
  • To prepare students for the professional ministry of the RCZ, other denominations and para-church organisations. They should be able to recognise the significant issues in the context in which they minister (HIV-AIDS, social injustice etc).
  • To equip the students with transformational skills of studying for a wide range of post-graduate courses that address the needs of their nation and the world at large.
  • To equip students with the understanding of the unique context of congregational ministry.

Rationale

To be a Theological Faculty of excellence which participates in God’s mission in the context in which He placed us, by equipping students through quality theological training to be accountable, contextual, competent servant leaders, managing God’s resources with good stewardship and accountability, and seeking to be a caring community which gives credence to the Kingdom of God

The Bachelor of Theology Honours Degree is a four (4) year conventional full time programme designed to academically and spiritually equip prospective ministers called to congregational ministry and others who wish to acquire a professional qualification.  The target groups are:  students who wish to prepare for congregational ministry, upgrade their academic status, act as Christian leaders in para-Church and ecumenical organisations or in society in general and intend caring for people in need.

Four (4) years full time conventional programme.

Three (3) years block release in-service programme.

To be admitted to the programme, candidates must be in possession of a minimum of five O-level including English and at least an E in Mathematics plus recognised diploma in Theology and or Religious Studies or an A-level certificate with passes in Divinity and any two of the following subjects: English, Shona / Ndebele, Sociology. Such A-level certificate must be authenticated by ZIMSEC to be genuine. (Applicants with foreign qualifications need to provide proof of authenticity of their certificates).

  • SPECIAL ENTRY
    • Holders of other qualifications may be admitted by Senate, subject to availability of places.
    • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be considered on a case-to-case basis.

 

  • EXEMPTION QUALIFICATIONS
    • A student may, in approved cases, be exempted from certain courses that he/she successfully completed at any other institution, provided that the course content covered is equivalent to that offered by the RCU, and provided the student completes at least 75% of the programme course through the RCU.
    • The student must fulfill the following conditions to qualify for exemption:
      • The syllabus of the institution at which the student completed the course, must be equivalent in content to 80% of the course being applied for exemption.
      • The student must have obtained a minimum pass of 60%, 2.2 or B, whichever is applicable.
      • To ascertain the student’s competence in the course for which exemption is requested, the RCU may grant exemption by requesting that the student takes an exemption examination for the course(s) applied for.

Each candidate is required to study a total of forty (40) courses over four (4) years. Each course is worth eleven (11) credits except for HBTH 301 -Work Relate Learning Action Research twenty (20) credits, HBTH 302-Work Related Learning Employer’s report – Thirty-three (33) credits and HBTH 303-Work Related Learning Academic Supervisor’s assessment – seventy-nine credits. The supervised Dissertation has a weight of twenty-four (22) credits. 

A candidate is expected to accumulate a minimum total of five hundred and six (560) credit points to be considered to have met the requirements of the Bachelor of Theology Honours.

Part one: 132 credits.

Part two: 132 credits.

Part three: 132credits.

Part four: 132 credits.

Total credits:  528 credits.        View Courses

HRCU 101     Christian Ethics       

The course imparts the basic Christian and ethical virtues and values as per belief and teaches of the Holy Bible as articulated by the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe. Students are expected to develop a culture of spiritual being as it relates to good moral and ethical practices. Christian values are central to this course.

HBTH101         Introduction to Old Testament Theology

The purpose of this course is to give insight into the overview of the Old Testament Introduction background. This will include the historical overview of the Old Testament times, the geographical background, archaeology, and the formation of Old Testament Scriptures.

HRCU102      Introduction to Communication and Computer Application Skills

The course is designed to improve students’ language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) for use in academic endeavors as well as for preparation for professional careers.  The course also intends to develop students’ theoretical and practical understanding of computers and how it can be used as research, teaching and learning tools in Theology.

HBTH102       Church Administration and Leadership

The purpose of this course is to equip students with Church administration and leadership skills in order to articulate their duties efficiently. This course will cover the general information on administration, the personal management, administration in the Church, record keeping and management of finances. 

HBTH103       Introduction to New Testament Theology

This course is designed to introduce students to the background of the New Testament and the Mediterranean way of life of the Bible. The society and culture of early Christianity is going to be explored in this regard.

HBTH104       Introduction to Biblical Greek I

The course is designed to introduce students to Greek grammar and its translation. This course is the study of: the Greek alphabet; morphology and syntax of Hellenist Greek; vocabulary of Greek and reading and translation exercise.

HBTH105       Christian Counseling and HIV/AIDS

The course is designed to equip students with Christian pastoral counseling skills within the situation of HIV and AIDS. Therefore students will be equipped with basic knowledge of HIV and AIDS, knowledge on human sexuality; teaching and talking about human sexuality; biblical studies and HIV and AIDS and some methods of analysis. This course will be held in conjunction with the HIV and AIDS policy of the Reformed Church University.

HBTH106       History of the Church until 1483

This is designed to communicate to students the general church history (with attention to the histories of doctrine, missionary work, Church polity and spirituality) of the early church and the Middle Ages, within the context of that time and with reference to their contemporary relevance.

HBTH107       New Testament Theology I

This course is designed to identify the important theological and ethical themes of the New Testament and the unique nature of its theology. The theological and ethical themes will be based on the historical Jesus as the moral teacher who is imitated by his followers.

HBTH108       Introduction to Theological Hermeneutics

This course is designed to give an introduction to theological background and hermeneutics. This course will explore historical development of hermeneutics from Reformation to the twentieth century, its task, the need for hermeneutics and the practice (exegesis).

HBTH109       Introduction to Missiology

This is designed to communicate to the students a basic understanding of the key missiological concepts. This course will sensitise the students so as to develop passion for participating in the mission of God, which is of heeling the broken relationship between God and his creation.

HBTH110       Introduction to Biblical Greek II

This course is designed to introduce students to Biblical Greek grammar and its translation.  The course will be a further study of the syntax and morphology. This will be carried out through reading and translating selected texts of different literary genres.

HRCU201      Research methods and statistics

This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles underlying thorough research methods and statistics.

HBTH201       Theory of Mission

This is designed to communicate to students the basic principles behind the Theory of Mission, as it is found in Scripture. It also places the subject in the Theological Encyclopedia.

HBTH202       Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

This course is designed to introduce the students to Biblical Hebrew within the geographical and historical setting of the Old Testament worldview. This course will help students in reading and writing the alphabet and understanding the Biblical Hebrew. 

HBTH203       History of the Church 1483 – 1800

This is designed to communicate to students the general church history (with attention to the histories of doctrine, missionary work, church polity and spirituality) from the Reformation to the 18th century within the context of that time, and with reference to its contemporary relevance.

HBTH204       New Testament History

This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic knowledge of New Testament history, its cultural background and aspects of its relevance to the present situation. This course focuses on the religious setting during Christ’s life. It will deal with formation and growth of the Church, including the challenges the first Church faced.

 HBTH205       Old Testament History

This course is designed to introduce students to Old Testament history and its cultural relevance to the life situation of the students. This history will cover the period from Israel’s formation to the Babylonian exile.

HBTH206       Theology and community development

This course helps students to reflect theologically on local manifestations of human need and poverty.  It creates opportunities for students to become actively involved in development work.  Students will be enabled to determine how development work is influenced and shaped by Biblical principles.  The course gives clarity on theological issues pertaining to development and to systematically develop the diaconal concept “Church in Society”.

HBTH207       Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II  

This course is designed to further increase the skills of the students to read the Hebrew texts with comprehension. This course will give students the ability to read, analyse and literally translate prose texts with the help of dictionary, grammar book and electronic tools.

HBTH208       Introduction to Systematic Theology

This course is designed to introduce the students to the basic doctrinal themes of Systematic Theology. These will include the doing of theology, the revelation of God, the nature of God, the work of God and the theme of humanity.

HBTH209       The history of the Church during the 19th and 20th Centuries

This course is designed to communicate to students the general church history (with attention to histories of: doctrine, mission, church polity and spirituality) of the 19th and 20th centuries within the context of that time and with reference to its contemporary relevance.

HBTH210       Introduction to Skills of Homiletics

This course is designed to introduce the students to the art and skills of homiletical preaching. The students get informed on the theory of homiletics. This course will inform the students on types of sermons, sermon formulation skills and practical preaching skills.

HBTH211       New Testament Theology in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts

This course is designed to introduce the students to the theological study of the Synoptic Gospels and Acts, to understand the unique nature of the Gospels and Acts.

HBTH 301 Work Related Learning Action Research Report

This course is intended to enable students to prepare work related reports. In the same endeavour students will learn and acquire report writing skills.

HBTH 302 Work Related Learning Employer’s Report

This course is intended to provide students with manager-employee relationship and the feedback as part of performance appraisal.

For the above three students are equipped with practical work related skills through industrial engagement. The students should be able to prepare reports which their experiences are reported.

HBTH 303 Work Related Learning Academic Supervisor Report

Continuous assessment of student performance from a practical perspective.

HBTH401       Religions in Africa

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the history and main elements of religion which play a role in Southern Africa.  Knowledge of religions in Africa promotes dialogue between the Christian faith and other faith traditions. This course will make the student aware of interpathy: sensitivity and respect for the roles of and relationship between the various religions.  It will also make the student aware of the need for a credible encounter with other religions (elenctics).

HBTH402       New Testament Theology of the Johanine Literature

This course is designed to introduce the students to the theological study of the Johanine literature in order to develop insight into the relationship between the synoptic Gospels and Johanine literature.  This will make the students understand the gospels of John as ancient narratives.  Students should be able to interpret the Johanine epistles as argumentative texts.

HBTH403       Old Testament Theology

This course is designed to lead students to insights into the theology of the lyrical and apocalyptic literature of   the Old Testament. This will include the theological reflections on the poetic books and the book of Daniel and some apocalyptic prophecies in other prophetic books.

 HBTH404       Liturgical and Homiletical Communication of the Gospel

This course is designed to help the student to view the unique challenges of the communication of the Gospel in Southern Africa as an opportunity to interpret the Bible in creative and imaginative ways.  Students will be given an opportunity to evaluate modern liturgical and homiletical approaches in a critical way.  Students will also be able to critically assess sermons and liturgies that evolved in periods of transition.

HBTH405       Old and Modern Theologians and Theologies

This is designed to familiarise students with some of the most old and new influential theologians and theologies of the 20th century. This will help students to be conversant with recent theological reflections and increase their engagement with current theological reflections.

HBTH406       Systematic Theology

This course introduces the students to further themes of Systematic Theology. These will include the doctrine of sin, the work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, Salvation, the Church and eschatology.

HBTH407       Theology of Church Polity

This course is designed to introduce the students to the theology of Church polity in general.  Although the main aim will be Reformed Theology, other traditions will be taken into account.  It is also designed to enable students to read critically and apply a Church order using their knowledge of Church polity.

HBTH408       Ecumenics

This course is designed to help the students to understand the history, functioning and missionary context of the ecumenical movement as well as to acquire an overview of the course of the history of mission against the background of the ecumenical movement. To be presented in conjunction with Ecclesiology and Systematic.

HBTH409       General Epistles and Hebrews

This is designed to give an introduction to the theological study of the General Epistles and Hebrews.  It is also designed to help students acquire insight into the cultural-historical context of the General Epistles and Hebrews.  Students will be able to interpret the Epistles as argumentative texts and develop an appreciation for the theology of the General Epistles and Hebrews.

HBTH410       Old Testament Theology, Pentateuch and Wisdom Literature

This is designed to familiarise the students to the theology of Biblical Wisdom Literature in the Old Testament. This course will explore the major theological themes in the Pentateuch and Wisdom literature. The course will explore common theme of creation theology and the dialectical relationship between retribution in the Pentateuch and theodicy in Wisdom literature. 

HBTH411       Community Development, Management and Entrepreneurial Skills

This is designed to create the formation of Christian leaders/pastoral care workers as entrepreneurs skilled in community management.  This course will create the development of human potential in neighbourhoods exposed to chronic poverty with strategic theological planning.   It will help Christian leaders and pastoral care workers to be capable of managing the process of congregational and community development.

HBTH420       Dissertation

The course engages each student in an in-depth independent study of a researchable theological issue of his/her own choice, under the guidance of the promoter and co-promoter.  The length of the project ranges from 9,000 to 10,000 words. 

Part 1, Semester 1

Six compulsory courses as follows:

Course Narration                                                                                                             

 

Code Credits
Compulsory Courses
Introduction to Old Testament Theology HBTH101 11
Christian Ethics HRCU101 11
Introduction to Communication and Computer Application Skills HRCU102 11
Church Administration and Leadership HBTH102 11
Introduction to New Testament Theology HBTH103 11
Introduction to Biblical Greek I HBTH104 11

Part 1, Semester 2

Six Compulsory Courses as follows:

Course Narration                                                                                                             

 

Code Credits
Compulsory Courses
Christian Counseling and HIV/AIDS HBTH105 11
History of the Church until 1483 HBTH106 11
New Testament Theology HBTH107 11
Introduction to Theological Hermeneutics HBTH108 11
Introduction to Missiology HBTH109 11
Introduction to Biblical Greek II HBTH110 11

 Part 2, Semester 1

Six Compulsory Courses as follows:

Course Narration                                                                                                             

 

Code Credits
Compulsory Courses
Theology and Community Development HBTH206 11
Theory of Mission HBTH201 11
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I HBTH202 11
History of the Church 1483 – 1800 HBTH203 11
New Testament History HBTH204 11
Old Testament History HBTH205 11

Part 2, Semester 2

Six Compulsory Courses as follows:

Course Narration                                                                                                             

 

Code Credits
Compulsory Courses
Research Methods and Statistics HRCU201 11
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II HBTH207 11
Introduction to Systematic Theology 1 HBTH208 11
The history of the Church during the 19th and 20th Centuries HBTH209 11
Introduction to Skills of Homiletics HBTH210 11
New Testament Theology in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts HBTH211 11

Part 3, Semesters 1&2

Three compulsory courses as follows:

Course Narration                                                                                                             

 

Code Credits
Work Related Learning Action Research Report HBTH301 20
Work Related Learning Employer’s Assessment HBTH302 33
Work Related Learning Academic Supervisor’s assessment HBTH303 79

Part 4, Semester 1

Six Compulsory Courses as follows:

Course Narration                                                                                                             

 

Code Credits
Compulsory Courses
Religions in Africa HBTH401 11
New Testament Theology II HBTH402 11
Old Testament Theology HBTH403 11
Liturgical and Homiletical Communication of the Gospel HBTH404 11
Old and Modern Theologians and Theologies HBTH405 11
Systematic Theology HBTH406 11

Part 4, Semester 2

Five compulsory courses and two electives as follows:

Course Narration                                                                                                             

 

Code Credits
Compulsory Courses
Theology of Church Polity HBTH407 11
Ecumenics HBTH408 11
General Epistles and Hebrews HBTH409 11
Dissertation HBTH420 22
Electives 11
Old Testament Theology, Pentateuch and Wisdom Literature HBTH410
Community Development, Management and Entrepreneurial Skills HBTH411