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Programme structure

We want to give you the best chance of applying what you learn with Roehampton Online towards your career. That is why we’ve structured your online learning experience to give you regular opportunities to learn from your peers and receive faculty feedback.

All our online masters programmes consist of seven modules and a dissertation, called the Research Project. Each module is 10 weeks long and composed of five learning units. Your first module will include a comprehensive introduction to our online learning platform. Each learning unit is two weeks long. This means you’ll spend two weeks debating, researching and learning about one subject before moving on to the next.

Module outlines

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Theology of Leadership (10 Weeks)

What does it mean to be a Christian leader in congregations, faith-based organisations, and wider society? You’ll begin this module by exploring how your role as a leader can be informed by theological insights, integrating biblical interpretation and Christian thought and practice through history and across Christian traditions with the growing literature on organisations and corporate behaviour and ethics.

Throughout the module, you will critically examine your character, dispositions, skills and spirituality in the context of your role as a Christian leader and agent of transformation. You’ll develop an understanding of reflective and reflexive practice and how it can enable your spiritual and leadership growth. You’ll also evaluate contemporary management and leadership concepts, incorporating theological concepts such as incarnation, hope, sin, resistance and virtue.

In the first week you will focus on getting to know the online classroom through guided activities designed to help you develop essential study skills that you will need throughout your programme.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Confidently navigate the online classroom and perform a range of tasks including submitting assignments, contributing to discussions and viewing your grades
  • Read the Bible and undertake theological reflection on the role of a leader in contemporary institutions
  • Critically reflect on the knowledge, skills and characteristics of Christian leaders and of flourishing institutions
  • Evaluate and critique personal practices, perspectives, beliefs and assumptions as a Christian leader
  • Synthesise current research related to Christian leadership
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in productive conversation and collaboration with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and contexts
  • Demonstrate openness to change in personal perspectives and understandings, based on new theological insights

Christian Community and Organisational Dynamics (10 Weeks)

How do Christian leaders embrace the cultural contexts of their organisation without compromising a theologically informed approach to leadership? What theological themes guide and support contemporary Christian communities and their leadership? In this module, you’ll examine the emergence of the Church from its Jewish roots, its authority in Scriptural Revelation, its history, and its fluid interactions with and reliance upon human culture. Leadership is explored within these contexts.

You will critically analyse the structural organisation, institutional and historical dynamics of the Church, and how these dynamics are evidenced in different contexts. The role of the Christian leader within these different contexts is explored. During this module you will develop a transformational leadership vision in which you engage with and reflect upon leadership approaches and strategies studied throughout the module and critically analyse human ecological systems and their implications for fostering community.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Critically analyse and identify the spiritual and biblical patterns of Christian community as they emerged from their Jewish roots and in the midst of doctrinal controversy
  • Understand and critically evaluate the doctrine of the Church and the biblical symbols and practices that have exemplified the Church, such as “body of Christ”
  • Understand and evaluate historical and contemporary representations of Church, and perspectives on Christ and culture; gender and leadership; postmodernity and post colonialism; and liberation theology
  • Critically analyse the structural and institutional dynamics of churches, including the relations of power and “the powers” and hidden sources of oppressions and conflict
  • Demonstrate an ability to compare and contrast biblical understandings of leadership that take incarnation seriously, with more secular models of corporations and communities like human ecological systems theory
  • Develop preliminary theologically-informed transformational leadership guidelines to improve and heal organisational malaise and encourage practices that build community

The Kingdom of God and Globalisation (10 Weeks)

Christian leaders must be able to function in an increasingly complex and globalised world. How do the traditional and emerging societal structures of this world impede or empower the effectiveness of Christian individuals, communities and organisations? How do Christian leaders facilitate reconciliation in communities and organisations in the context of globalisation?

This module explores how leaders can integrate an understanding of cultural, economic, social and political phenomena with theological and missiological perspectives. You’ll assess your personal development with regard to a spirituality of belonging and service as neighbour and global citizen. You will consider the effect of societal structures and globalisation on your own community and on organisations. Additionally, you’ll evaluate the biblical basis and relative usefulness of a number of popular economic analogies, such as “spiritual capital” within the discourse of contemporary Christian leadership.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Assess personal development in terms of a spirituality of belonging and citizenship
  • Understand the biblical and theological notions of the Kingdom of God
  • Evaluate benefits and limitations of societal structures in relation to organisational life
  • Appraise the impact of globalisation on culture, society and organisational dynamics
  • Analyse economic systems in terms of their social benefits, hindrances and limitations
  • Critique the relative usefulness of concepts such as “spiritual capital” within debates about Christian leadership praxis

The Holy Spirit and Organisational Transformation (10 Weeks)

Christian leaders are in a unique position to influence the positive transformation of self, individuals and organisations. You’ll begin this module by engaging with the theology of the Holy Spirit and considering how a study of the Spirit can inform our understanding of organisations and organisational problems. You will then explore a variety of theoretical models and frames for analysing organisations and investigating organisational problems; in particular, “adaptive” problems that require rethinking organisational structures and practices.

You’ll identify a problem of adaptive challenge in your ministry or organisation, reflect on it theologically, and develop strategies to resolve it and to foster Christian community development, paying particular attention to the role of the Holy Spirit and Christian leadership in organisational transformation. Finally, you’ll evaluate the learning environment of the organisation with the goal of reframing the organisation to help facilitate transformational change.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Reflect theologically on the role of the Holy Spirit in the context of Christian theology of the trinity and incarnation
  • Relate the doctrine of the Holy Spirit to human enterprise, work and aspirations
  • Apply these insights to the leadership challenge, and to the ways in which organisations and corporations function and malfunction
  • Analyse secular understandings of change and transformation, and secular responses like pragmatism and utilitarianism, in the light of the challenge of the Holy Spirit
  • Reflect on how study of the Holy Spirit can inform thought and practice during the process of transformative organisational change

Incarnation and Intercultural Competency (10 Weeks)

Effective leaders have a clear understanding of leadership practice, personal beliefs and cultural context. In this module, you will explore what it means to be an incarnational leader and consider unique elements of culture. You’ll be challenged to integrate biblical and theoretical perspectives on incarnation and Christian love with a practical approach to loving others, including those perceived to be enemies.

You’ll assess your own intercultural competencies and skills and explore cultural differences in your Christian community. Based on a specific organisational or ministry context, you will develop a cultural responsiveness guide to increase awareness and identify best practices for Christian leaders.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Reflect theologically on the Incarnation and its ramifications for the acceptance – and critique – of culture, and the expectation that all cultures will in some sense incarnate important but flawed aspects of divine knowledge
  • Analyse historical and current theological accounts of culture and enculturation, including the political aspects of these phenomena
  • Understand the history and growing theological awareness of culture in its role as forming, obscuring and incarnating theological understanding, doctrine and practice
  • Analyse cultural issues within organisational or ministry contexts in the light of the biblical/incarnational demand to love one’s enemies and welcome the stranger
  • Evaluate strategies for cultural engagement and responsiveness for organisational or ministry cultural contexts
  • Critically and theologically reflect on personal growth in culturally responsive leadership

Theology of Sustainable Resource Development and Stewardship (10 Weeks)

In this module, you will study the doctrines of God, creation, salvation, sacrament and eschatology as they pertain to humanity’s role in the created order. You will learn to critique and appreciate the Church’s varied response to nature, and the theological underpinnings of that response. This leads to a theology of stewardship, participation and creation care.

You’ll consider standards of responsible stewardship and principles of accountability fundamental to operating an organisation with integrity – both personal and organisational – founded on notions of Christian ecology and sustainability. You will also research and analyse environmental, technological and financial sustainability and their application to organisations or ministry contexts. Additionally, you will explore how to create and appraise the effectiveness of a culture of generosity.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the doctrines of God, creation, sacrament, salvation and eschatology as they pertain to issues of ecology and sustainability
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theological underpinnings of stewardship and sustainability in a historical and modern context
  • Evaluate standards and principles of responsible stewardship
  • Analyse issues of stewardship and sustainability in organisational or ministry contexts
  • Evaluate strategies for creating a culture of generosity
  • Apply research skills to the examination of topics related to stewardship, sustainability and generosity

Researching Leadership, Ministry and Mission (10 Weeks)

In module 7, you will gain the knowledge and skills to evaluate a range of research approaches to address problems relevant to Christian leadership. You’ll conceptualise an issue related to Christian leadership, then select and formulate an appropriate research strategy to investigate that issue. This will form the basis for a research proposal that you’ll take forward into your Research Project.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Appraise the range of research approaches to Christian leadership, both quantitative and qualitative, and both participatory and library-based
  • Evaluate the methodologies, methods and results of published research in a field relevant to Christian leadership
  • Conceptualise issues related to Christian leadership and formulate an appropriate research question
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of research methodologies and methods for a research project related to Christian leadership

Research Project (26 Weeks)

The research project gives you the opportunity to integrate your prior learning from the programme. You’ll apply the analytical and conceptual tools, theories and theologies, together with the personal skills and spiritual insights and disciplines gained from previous modules to an in-depth investigation of a specific issue related to Christian leadership. The result will be the production of a research project.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate your ability to reflect theologically on leadership practice at a sophisticated level
  • Integrate insights gained from a theoretical and analytical study of the subject and a wide reading in ministerial, theological and biblical studies, with an in-depth investigation of a leadership challenge
  • Apply the theories and techniques of sound academic research to a particular issue of relevance in Christian ministry or leadership
  • Evaluate and integrate relevant published theoretical and research-based literature relating to the research projects
  • Collect, analyse and synthesise data and accounts
  • Argue for a particular thesis, integrating the various aspects of the research to this end

At the end of each module you’ll submit a final project, which is a written piece of work (such as an essay or case study). While your final project for each module will be the primary factor in determining your grade, your contributions to shared activities will also be taken into consideration.

Your research project is the largest – and final – piece of work you’ll undertake during your online masters programme. You’ll undertake an in-depth investigation of a specific problem and present your research topic, methodologies, results and conclusions as a report of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

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