B-Status in Theology: 2019

What is B-Status

The admission requirement for the Hons BA in Theology Degree at the NWU, is a BTh degree or an equivalent qualification in Theology. B-Status, however, gives a student who has completed a non-theology B-degree and who is interested to register for a Hons BA in Theology at the NWU, the opportunity to do so without the obligation to first complete a BTh degree. One can thus think of the B-Status as a bridging activity.  If a student has successfully completed the B-Status by passing each of the modules with a minimum of 60%, the student may apply for the Hons BA in Theology at the NWU. B-Status is not valid as an entrance requirement at other South African universities.

B-Status or BTh?

It is important that a student needs to ask him/herself the following question: "What do I want to do?"  If a student wants to become involved in ministry, then BTh is a better qualification to pursue as the student will be better equipped for work in a church/congregation. However, if the student is not necessarily interested in ministry and aims to do research and wants to enrol for a Masters or PhD degree, then B-Status is a good option, as the route to a Masters or a PhD will be one or two years shorter.

 

Admission requirements

A student must provide his/her academic record of the B-degree already achieved, and must have passed the 3rd year of the B-degree with a minimum of 60% (average). It is important to note that a student should have access to good internet to be able to do the B-Status. Furthermore, the student is responsible to find the necessary prescribed text books.

 

Duration

It is a two year course, but a student can do it in a year.

 

Cost

For 2018, the cost was approximately R22 660 if a student finishes it in one year. If a student wants to complete it over two years, he/she must pay the yearly registration fee and the module fees of the specific modules he/she wants to register for in that specific year. Please note that the registration fee and the costs of the modules may increase yearly. For more information regarding the cost of the modules please send an email to:  PC-Studyfees@nwu.ac.za   by the end of 2018 for a quotation.

 

Method of delivery

1. Unit for Open Distance Learning and contact studies on Mafikeng Campus

The Faculty of Theology delivers its program utilizing a blended learning method of delivery with technical and logistical support by the Unit for Open Distance Learning.  Lectures are transmitted from the studios of the Unit for Open Distance Learning at the Potchefstroom and the Mafikeng Campus. The interactive whiteboard technology makes it possible for a lecturer to present the modules in real time. If a student is unable to join the broadcast of classes live, he/she can watch the recordings on internet.

 

It is also possible that some of the modules are developed as self-directed e-learning environments. That means that a student work on his/her own time, but submit assignments at certain times and write the exam on the scheduled time. Assignments are submitted on the electronic platform (eFundi), and the exams are written in South Africa at an exam centre close (usually) to the student.

 

1.1 Content

2019 B-Status consists out of 120 credits of theological subjects:

1st semester:

NTES112 (12) - 1st sem 1st year module

OTES112 (12) - 1st sem 1st year module

DOGM211 (16) - 1st sem 2nd year module

NTES212 (8) - 1st sem 2nd year module

OTES212 (8) - 1st sem 2nd year module

 

2nd semester:

NTES123 (12) – 2nd sem 1st year module

OTES122 (12)– 2nd sem 1st year module

NTES222 (8) – 2nd sem 2nd year module

OTES222 (8) – 2nd sem 2nd year module

 

And three of the following:

MISS211 (8) – 1st sem 2nd year module TEOL111 (8) – 1st sem 1st year module ETIE121 (8) – 2nd sem 1st year module PAST121 (8) – 2nd sem 1st year module

 

NTES112: New Testament: General introduction

OTES112: Introduction to the Old Testament

NTES123: Introduction to Exegesis of the Bible

OTES122: Introduction to the Pentateuch

DOGM211: Dogmatics: From the Doctrine of Scripture to the Doctrine of Sin

NTES212: The Synoptic Gospels

OTES212: The Early Prophets

NTES222: Acts and the Pauline Epistles

OTES222: Introduction to the Interpretation of the Latter Prophetic Books

TEOL111: Introduction to Theology

PAST121: Pastoral Counselling

ETIE121: Fundamentals of Ethics

MISS211: Relationship between Mission and Theology

 

2       Vaal Triangle Campus

The Faculty of Theology on the Vaal Triangle Campus offers contact students who are able to attend classes during the day or in the evenings the opportunity to obtain B-status in Theology by completing the modules listed below. The outcomes of these modules are similar to those of the modules available through Open Distance Learning. Students follow the scheduled time table and attend classes on a weekly basis.

 

2.1    Content

2019 B-Status consists out of 120 credits of theological subjects:

1st semester:

BYBV113 (OT) (12) – 1st year module

BYBV211 (Christian Ethics) (16) – 2nd year module

BYBV312 (OT) (32) – 3rd year module

 

2nd semester:

BYBV123 (NT) (12)– 1st year module

BYBV223 (Pastoral Care) (16) – 2nd year module

BYBV323 (NT) (32) – 3rd year module

 

BYBV113: Introduction to the Old Testament in contemporary contexts

BYBV123: Introduction to New Testament in contemporary contexts

                                          BYBV211: Contemporary bio ethical themes

BYBV223: Development of pastoral skills

BYBV312: Old Testament: Overview & interpretation with pastoral application

BYBV323: New Testament: Overview & interpretation with pastoral application

 

Text Books

Potchefstroom Theological Publications (PTP)

 

Van Schaik

 

Protea

 

Way forward

 

 

BYBV113

Barton, J & Bowden, E. 2004.  The Original Story: God, Israel, and the World. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (ISBN: 0802829007)

BYBV123

Reader available on eFundi

BYBV211

Levinson R and Reiss MJ (eds) 2003. Key Issues in Bioethics: A guide for teachers. London: Routledge Falmer

 

Geisler, NL 2004 Christian Ethics: Options and Issues Michigan: Baker Book House

 

BYBV223

Louw, D.J. 2014. Wholeness in Hope Care: On Nurturing the Beauty of the Human Soul in Spiritual Healing. Zürich: Lit Verlag

BYBV312

Collins, JJ. 2014. A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (2nd Edition). Minneapolis: Fortress (ISBN: 9781451472943)

BYBV323

Material reserved in Library

DOGM211

Millard, J. Erickson. (Hustad, L.A. ed.). 1992 (or any later edition). Introducing Christian Doctrine. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House Company. (ISBN: 978-0-8010-2250-0)

ETIE121

De Bruyn, P.J. 2013. Die Tien Gebooie. Potchefstroom: PTP

De Bruyn, P.J. 2013. The Ten Commandments. Potchefstroom: PTP

MISS211

No books necessary. All the material necessary is provided in the eFundi site

NTES112

Life Application Bible. (New International Version). 1991. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers.

Thompson. M.D. 2006. A clear and present word. The clarity of Scripture. New Studies in

Biblical Theology 21. Illinois: Intervarsity Press. (Chapter 2).

Van der Walt, T. 2007. The Messiah has come! A guide in the gospels for serious Bible Students. Potchefstroom: PTP (Available    from      the Administrative Bureau of the Reformed Churches in SA. Tel: 018 297 3986/7, web page: www.ptpboeke.co.za or e- mail: bestellings@gksa.co.za).

NTES123

Die Bybel In Praktyk 1993. Vereeniging, Christelike Uitgewersmaatskappy. / LIFE APPLICATION BIBLE (NEW  INTERNATIONAL VERSION) 1991.   Wheaton, Illinois  :

Tyndale House Publishers

De Klerk, BJ & Van Rensburg, FJ. 2015. Conceiving a sermon. Potchefstroom: Potchefstroom Theological Publications. ISBN: 9780869552285 (Te koop by Administratiewe Buro 018 297 3986)

De Klerk, BJ & Van Rensburg, FJ. 2015. Preekgeboorte. Potchefstroom: Potchefstroom Theological Publications. ISBN: 9780869552285 (Te koop by Administratiewe Buro 018 297 3986)

Fee, G.D. 2002. New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. Third Edition. Louisville: Westminster John Knox.

Stuart, D. 2009. Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. Fourth Edition. Louisville: Westminster John Knox.

NTES212

De Klerk, BJ & Van Rensburg, FJ. 2015. Conceiving a sermon. Potchefstroom: Potchefstroom Theological Publications. ISBN: 9780869552285 (Te koop by Administratiewe Buro 018 297 3986)

De Klerk, BJ & Van Rensburg, FJ. 2015. Preekgeboorte. Potchefstroom: Potchefstroom Theological Publications. ISBN: 9780869552285 (Te koop by Administratiewe Buro 018 297 3986)

NTES222

No books necessary. All the material necessary is provided in the eFundi site.

OTES112

Hays, J.D. & Duvall, J.S.  2012. The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook. Available as e- book. ISBN 9781441240262

OTES122

Hill, A.E. & Walton, J.H.  2009.  A survey of the Old Testament. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Recommended

Longman, T. III. 2005. How to read Genesis. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Longman, T. III & Dillard, R.B. 2006. An introduction to the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Waltke, B.K. 2007. An Old Testament Theology: an exegetical, canonical, and thematic approach. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

OTES212

Hill,  A.E.  & Walton,  J.H.  2009.  A  survey of  the  Old  Testament.  Grand  Rapids,  MI: Zondervan.

Stuart, D. 2009. Old Testament exegesis: a handbook for students and pastors. Louisville, KY: John Knox.

OTES222

Hill,  A.E.  & Walton,  J.H.  2009.  A  survey of  the  Old  Testament.  Grand  Rapids,  MI: Zondervan.

PAST121

No books necessary. All the material necessary is provided in the eFundi site.

TEOL111

No books necessary. All the material necessary is provided in the eFundi site.

 

 

 

Application

A student applies at the Unit for Open Distance Learning (for distance studies), Mafikeng Campus (for contact studies) or Vaal Triangle Campus (for contact studies) on the prescribed application form and register for the above mentioned modules for non-degree purposes and send the complete application form back to the Unit or specific Campus. On p1 of the application form is a list of all the supporting documents that must accompany the application. Please note that the documents need to be certified and the applicant must send the academic record of the B-degree.

 

If the student wants to start with classes in February 2019, the application must reach the NWU not later than 30 September 2018.

 

Banking details

With registration, a minimum amount of R9 500.00 is payable. Use the student number as reference.

 

The account details are:

 

 

BRANCH CODE

ACCOUNT NUMBER

ABSA

632 005

4070099350

FNB

240 438

62161907335

NEDBANK

171 338

1713378531

STANDARD BANK

052 838

330384465

 

 

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