Union Bible Institute UBI Bachelor of Theology
Bachelor of Theology
The Bachelor of Theology is a three-year full-time programme at NQF level 7 accredited by the Council on Higher Education. UBI’s Bachelor of Theology programme equips learners with the knowledge, ministry skills, and attitudes that enable them to lead churches and other organizations with excellence, and prepares them for further theological study.
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 50% in four subjects from the designated subject list of NSC subjects, or equivalent. Ten percent may be admitted based on recognition of prior learning.
LENGTH OF PROGRAMME
The programme consists of 360 credits (each module is worth 8 credits) offered at NQF level 7 and may be completed in three years of full time study. Students may also complete the programme through part-time study.
BBG01 BIBLICAL GREEK 1 *
An introduction to Greek grammar and vocabulary, focusing on noun cases, prepositions, and adjectives.
BBG02 BIBLICAL GREEK 2 *
This module builds on BBG01 and introduces Greek pronouns and verbs.
BBG03 BIBLICAL GREEK 3 *
A continuation of BBG02, with emphasis on Greek verbs and introduction to participles.
BBG04 BIBLICAL GREEK 4
A continuation of BBG03, with emphasis on Greek participles and non-indicative moods of the verb.
BBG05 GOSPEL OF JOHN *
A study of the Gospel of John including its background and authorship, its distinctive themes, and its contribution to New Testament theology, using both the Greek and English texts.
BBG06 ROMANS *
A study of Paul’s epistle to the Romans, emphasizing the doctrine of salvation, an understanding of the major theological themes, and the memorization of key passages, using both the Greek and English texts.
BBG07 I CORINTHIANS *
A study of I Corinthians, focusing on Paul’s teaching concerning the problems troubling the church at Corinth and its relevance and application to the church today, using both the Greek and English texts.
BBG08 PRISON EPISTLES *
A study of Paul’s epistles to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, using both the Greek and English texts.
BBG09 PASTORAL EPISTLES *
A study of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, with emphasis on the doctrine of the church and the developing of a philosophy of ministry, using both the Greek and English texts.
BBG10 HEBREWS *
A study of the epistle to the Hebrews using both the Greek and English texts, with emphasis on the historical background, the theme of the supremacy of Christ, and the interpretation of controversial passages. The module includes a study of the tabernacle and the sacrificial system as described in Exodus and Leviticus and referred to in Hebrews, showing the relevance to believers today.
BBG11 GENERAL EPISTLES *
A study of the historical background and expository outline of the Greek and English texts of the epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude. An exegetical study of the text includes the formation of expository sermons based on key passages.
BBH01 BIBLICAL HEBREW 1 *
An introduction to the Hebrew alphabet, grammar, and vocabulary.
BBH02 BIBLICAL HEBREW 2
A continuation of BBH01, introducing the student to more aspects of Hebrew grammar.
BBH03 ISAIAH *
A study of the book of Isaiah incorporating insights from the Hebrew text, with emphasis on Hebrew word studies of key concepts including servant, peace, justice, and righteousness.
BBH04 MAJOR PROPHETS *
A study of the historical narrative sections of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel, with an introduction to their prophecies, making use of insights from both the English and the Hebrew text.
BBH05 POETIC BOOKS *
A review of Hebrew grammar and an introduction to poetry and wisdom literature, with an overview of the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and Lamentations, stressing the benefit of the use of Hebrew in study and sermon preparation.
BBS01 HERMENEUTICS *
An introduction to inductive Bible study, Bible study methods (synthetic, analytic, and topical), and general and special principles for interpreting the Bible.
BBS02 METHODS OF EXEGESIS +
A follow-up to Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics, giving students more instruction and practice in making mechanical outlines, exegetical outlines, and doing exegesis.
BBSO3 BIBLE CULTURE AND GEOGRAPHY +
A study of the geography of the Bible and the customs and culture of people living in Bible times.
BOT01 PENTATEUCH *
An introduction to the Pentateuchal problem, to the major themes of the Pentateuch, and to the historical and cultural background of ancient Israel, with an emphasis on the historical narrative sections in the Pentateuch.
BOT02 JOSHUA, JUDGES, UNITED KINGDOM *
A study of the history of Joshua through the United Kingdom, emphasizing the purpose and outline of each book, leadership principles from the lives of the biblical characters, and instruction in how to prepare a biographical sermon.
BOT03 DIVIDED KINGDOM, EXILE, RETURN *
A study of the history of Israel during the Divided Kingdom, exile, and return, and an overview of the history of the intertestamental period.
BOT06 MINOR PROPHETS *
A study of the historical background and main message of each of the twelve minor prophets, with emphasis on the application of their message to our lives and ministries today.
BNT01 SYNOPTIC GOSPELS *
A historical, literary, and theological study of the gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke, examining the unique perspectives of each of these gospels as well as their common themes regarding the life of Christ.
BNT02 ACTS *
A study of the book of Acts with overviews of Galatians and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.
GSE02 ENGLISH COMPOSITION *
A course designed to sharpen and improve English writing and critical thinking for all students, particularly students of English as a second language, and to provide the basic foundation of the English language with the goal to build skills in listening, comprehension, grammar usage and composition.
GSR02 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY *
An introduction to research methodology, including instruction in how to find information, how to avoid plagiarism, how to develop good study habits, and how to write effective research papers.
GSC02 COMPUTER SKILLS 2
A practical course in which students are introduced to computer-based church management systems and other computer applications.
PPT01 HOMILETICS 1 *
An introduction to homiletics, with special attention given to the ministry of the preacher and the preparation of an expository sermon, a topical sermon, and sermon outlines.
PPT02 HOMILETICS 2 *
This course includes the theory and practice of preparing a 25-minute sermon and a 5-minute radio message, as well as practice in evaluating sermons.
PPT04 DEVOTIONAL THEOLOGY *
This course examines the meaning of devotion within the context of the Christian faith and explores ways of expressing and evaluating one’s devotion to God.
A biblical and historical survey of music and worship, along with practical principles for setting up or renewing the music and worship ministry in the local church.
PPT06 EVANGELISM +
A study of the biblical principles, models, and motivations of evangelism, as well as practical instruction in preparing a personal testimony, explaining the gospel to another individual, dealing with questions, and memorizing key verses.
PPT07 CHURCH PLANTING
A study of the biblical basis and various techniques of starting new churches and of encouraging the growth of existing churches.
PPT08 PASTORAL THEOLOGY
A study of the definition of the term “pastor” and the qualifications, call, role, and responsibilities of a pastor, with particular emphasis on ministering to men, conducting weddings, funerals, baptisms, Lord’s Supper, child dedication and home visitation.
PPT09 COUNSELLING 1 *
An introduction to various understanding of human personality, and various problem areas, in light of Scripture. The course seeks to equip students to recognize the causes of emotional problems and to apply biblical solutions, as well as to recognize the responsibilities and dangers inherent in the counseling process.
PPT10 COUNSELLING 2
A study designed to equip students to work through their own and other people’s emotional challenges, with emphasis on specific issues such as depression, death, occult issues, HIV/AIDS, abuse, addictions, and trauma.
PPT11 LEADERSHIP 1 *
A study of servant leadership in the pastoral context, focusing on the skills of planning, leading, organizing, and controlling.
PPT12 LEADERSHIP 2
A study of servant leadership in the pastoral context, focusing on principles of financial freedom and management as well as principles of managing and resolving conflicts.
PPT13 AIDS AND THE CHURCH
An introduction to the nature, causes, and prevention of HIV/AIDS, as well as to the ways churches can minister to those suffering with these diseases.
PPT14 TOLERANCE AND EMPATHY
A study of the biblical teaching on grace, acceptance, compassion, diversity, and love, with application to political, denominational, cultural, racial, gender, and sexual orientation issues in Africa today.
PCE01 CHILDREN’S MINISTRY *
A study of the biblical basis, objectives, and methods of ministry to children with emphasis on teaching children the Word of God, qualities of a teacher, characteristics of children, methods of teaching, and preparation and use of visual aids.
PCE03 TEACHING METHODS
An introduction to the basic principles and methods of teaching. Students gain experience using various methods to teach passages in Philippians or 2 Corinthians.
PCE04 YOUTH MINISTRY
An introduction to adolescent development and leadership principles for youth ministry, as well as of practical issues facing youth, such as submission to authority, peer pressure, addictions, courtship and marriage, self-acceptance, etc. Relevant passages from the book of Proverbs are studied.
PCE05 WOMEN’S MINISTRY
An introduction to the principles and methods of ministry to women in the church.
PCE06 CHRISTIAN HOME
An introduction to the biblical teaching concerning courtship, engagement, marriage, parenting, singleness, family finances, and polygamy, with emphasis on distinguishing between cultural practices that are biblically acceptable and those that are not.
PCE07 MEN’S MINISTRY
An introduction to the principles and methods of ministry to men in the church.
TCC01 MISSIONS 1 *
An introduction to the biblical basis of missions and the history of missions.
TCC02 MISSIONS 2
An introduction to modern missions and the structures, strategies, and challenges for missions today.
TCC03 MISSION SENDING AND CANDIDACY +
A study of the local church’s role, the mission agency’s role, and the individual missionary’s role in long-term and short-term missions.
TCC04 CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION +
Lectures, games, role-playing, case studies, and small group interaction are used to explore the basic elements of human communication and to gain an understanding of how to better communicate, particularly across cultural boundaries
TCC05 COMPARATIVE RELIGION
An introduction to the major religions of the world as well as the major cults present in South Africa.
TCH01 CHURCH HISTORY 1 *
A survey of the unfolding history of the Christian church from the New Testament times to present age, emphasizing the early church, the church in the Middle Ages, and the church in the Reformation period.
TCH02 CHURCH HISTORY 2
A survey of the history of Christianity in Africa, emphasizing developments in the Republic of South Africa.
TCHO3 CHURCH IN SOCIETY +
A study of the church’s role in society, with particular attention to the issues of racism, sexism, poverty, crime, violence, HIV/AIDS, family disintegration, and urbanization in South Africa today.
TCH04 CAPSTONE *
A module for third-year students in their final term in which students synthesize what they have learned for three years and produce a mini-thesis on a topic of their choice.
TST01 BIBLIOLOGY *
A study of the nature, canonicity, transmission and translation of the Bible, and a brief overview of the biblical books.
TST02 CHRISTOLOGY *
A study of the teaching of Scripture concerning the Trinity, with emphasis on the Father and the Son, including the names, attributes, and providence of God.
TST03 PNEUMATOLOGY *
A study of the teaching of Scripture covering the Holy Spirit, Satan, angels, and demons.
TST04 SOTERIOLOGY *
A study of the teaching of Scripture concerning man’s origin and nature, sin, and salvation.
TST05 ESCHATOLOGY *
A study of God’s revelation about the future of the church and man with an emphasis on the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation.
TST06 ETHICS 1 *
An introduction to ethics, based in Biblical authority, with special attention given to contemporary issues Christians face in the world today such as capital punishment, civil disobedience, contraceptives, abortion, suicide, euthanasia, homosexuality, and AIDS.
TST07 ETHICS 2
A more in-depth study of selected ethical issues that are affecting life in southern Africa today.
TST08 CONTEMPORARY THEOLOGICAL ISSUES +
PFW00 CHILDREN’S MINISTRY OBSERVATION and PFW01 CHILDREN’S MINISTRY FIELDWORK *
An application of the principles of PCE01 in which first and second-year students observe children’s ministry weekly for a semester and then lead in ministry to children in a neighbourhood or church setting weekly for two semesters.
PFW02 YOUTH MINISTRY FIELDWORK +
PFW03 LEADERSHIP MENTORING FIELDWORK *
A year’s involvement for third-year students in a church plant or an established church in which students participate in all aspects of ministry including worship leading, preaching, visiting, evangelizing, and administration.
PFW04 MINISTRY TRIP *
A trip of approximately one week during the second year in which students, along with one or more lecturers, minister in a cross-cultural or unfamiliar situation, assisting local believers in various ministries such as evangelism, preaching, prison ministry, hospital visitation, children’s ministry, youth ministry, music ministry, or practical projects.
PFW05 MUSIC MINISTRY FIELDWORK
The UBI Mixed Choir serves UBI by performing in chapels, school functions and churches in the community. It gives students a chance to develop the character qualities of a servant-leader and grow in their musical skills through faithfulness in rehearsals and performances.
PFW06 HOSPITAL MINISTRY FIELDWORK *
An application of principles learned in Practical Ministry classes in which students go in teams to local hospitals to comfort, encourage, and evangelize patients and hospital staff members. This usually takes place on certain Sunday afternoons during the second year.
PFW07 PRISON MINISTRY FIELDWORK +
PFW08 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FIELDWORK +
Courses marked with a ( * ) are required.
Courses marked with a (+) are elective courses offered less frequently.