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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 11/03/2022 15:58:26

Title of Module: Creative Homiletics Level 9

Code: THEO09005 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Lina  Toth

Summary of Module

This module explores contemporary approaches to homiletics influenced by postmodern cultural, theological, and communicative concerns. The various approaches considered include storytelling, collaborative preaching, the interplay between 'trouble' and 'grace', moves in consciousness, preaching as performance, prophetic imagination and global perspectives in the study and practice of homiletical performance. In exploring these approaches the integrated relationship of exegesis, hermeutics, and homiletics will be highlighted, as will the difference between inductive and deductive preaching.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience examples of some of these approaches, to take part in practical workshops, to critique a particular approach, and to present a sermon for peer and tutor formative feedback prior to its submission with commentary for summative assessment.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a selection of the principal theories, principles, concepts and terminology of contemporary homiletics.

L2. Critically evaluate a variety of theoretical approaches, theological underpinnings and communication techniques related to contemporary homiletics.

L3. Demonstrate some creativity in integrating exegetical, hermeneutical and advanced homiletical skills in the preparation and delivery of sermons relevant to today’s culture.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Knowledge and critical understanding of the theory and key concepts of homiletics.

Detailed knowledge of several approaches to the theology and ethic of persuasive speech when used in the service of the church.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Homiletic theory and practice demonstrated at an advanced level through a range of rhetorical skills.

Dealing with sensitive or controversial subjects creatively and constructively in a public speaking context.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Conceptualise and analyse key issues arising from homiletic practice and sermon preparation and evaluation.

Originality and creative construction in the formation of spoken material.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Public speaking through the use of deliberately strategic and skillfully shaped material.

Critical use of PowerPoint and knowledge if the benefits and limitations of electronic media in public speaking.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Identifying and dealing with ethical issues related to different forms of homiletic practice demonstrating critical and responsible use of persuasive speech.

Working with others in creating and critically evaluating sermon material, and doing so in an environment of open discussion and shared learning.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Other:Or equivalent certificated Learning
Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Asynchronous Class Activity24
Independent Study140
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Buttrick, David, Homiletic: Moves and Structures (Philadelphia: fortress Press, 1987)

Campbell, Charles L., The Word Before the Powers: An Ethic of Preaching (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002)

Childers, J., Performing the Word: Preaching as Theatre (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998)

Craddock, Fred B., As One Without Authority (rev ed) (St Louis: Chalice, 2001)

Lowry, Eugene., How to Preach a Parable: Design for Narrative Sermons (Nashville: Abingdon, 1989)

Lowry, Eugene., The Homiletical Plot (Lowry, Eugene, The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form (louisville: WKP, 2001)

Lose, D., Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World - and Our Preaching - Is Changing (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013)

McClure, John S. The Roundtable Pulpit: Where Leadership and Preaching Meet (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995).

McLure, John, Preaching Words: 144 Key Terms in Homiletics (Louisville: WJK, 2007)

Wilson, Paul, S., The Practice of Preaching (rev ed) (Nashville: Abingdon, 2007)

Wilson, Paul S., Preaching and Homiletical Theory (St Louis: Chalice Press, 2004)

Homiletic, online Journal with various relevant articles:

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelDivinity
ModeratorDr. Ian Birch
External ExaminerDr Alison Jack
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Practical: Essay 50%
Assignment: Presentation 50%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
As a Christian theological college, students should be aware that teaching, discussion and the college's ethos is from a confessional viewpoint. The college actively encourages an environment of openness and religious tolerance, but the main function of the college is the training of ministerial candidates and the learning environment will be supportive of this.

Where students need additional support, this is provided by the college team with reference if appropriate to other UWS colleagues, they are referred to Student Support Services for further assistance. In consultation with the student, the needs of individual students are met, wherever practicable, and every effort made to ensure individual students are not disadvantaged.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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