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Bachelor of Divinity(BD) Syllabus: Senate of Serampore College

BD CURRICULUM

Senate of Serampore College (University)

LIST OF COURSES

1. BIBLICAL CLUSTER (BC)

Compulsory Courses

1.  Bible: Its Content And Message I (BOS15)

2.  Bible: Its Content and Message II (BOS16)

3.  New Testament Greek – Preliminary (BBN01)

4.  New Testament Greek – Advanced (BBN02)

5.  Biblical Hebrew – Preliminary (BBO11)

6.  Biblical Hebrew – Advanced (BBO12)

7.  The Life and Faith of the People of God: Old Testament (BBO13)

8.  The Life and Faith of the People of God: New Testament (BBN03)

9.  Liberation and Formation of Identity of the People of God in Pentateuch

(BBO14/BBO15)

10.  Biblical Hermeneutics: Methods and Perspectives (BBG01)

11.  Jesus Movement in Synoptic Gospels (BBN04/ BBN05)

12.  Jesus Tradition in Johannine Writings (BBN06/ BBN07)

13.  Prophetic Responses to the struggles of the People of God (BBO16/ BBO17)

14.  Hope in Suffering and Joy in Liberation: Study of Hebrew Poetry and Wisdom Literature (BBO18/ BBO19)

15.  Jesus Tradition in Paul and Pauline circle (BBN08/ BBN09)

Optional Courses

i. Introduction to Inter-Testamental Literature (BBO51)

ii. Reading of Apocalyptic: Daniel and Revelation (BBG51)

iii. Life and Ministry of the Early Church: Study of Acts (BBN51)

iv. Christ and Community in the letter of Hebrew & Petrine Letters (BBN52)

v. Principles and Methods of Bible Translations (BBG52)

vi. Skills of Bible Translations (BBG53)

vii. Introduction to NT Apocrypha (BBN53)

viii. Introduction to Qumran Community & Literature (BBO52)

ix. Writings of the Early Apostolic Fathers: Reading Selected Texts (BBN54)

x. Reading the Bible from Feminist, Dalit, Tribal and Adivasi Perspectives (BBG54)

xi. Reading the Bible from the Ecological Perspective (BBG55)

xii. Reading the Bible from the Sacramental Perspectives (BBG56)

xiii. Theology of the New Testament (BBN55)

xiv. Theology of the Old Testament (BBO53)

2. THEOLOGY CLUSTER (TC)

Compulsory Courses

16.  Introduction to Christian Theology (BOS17)

17.  Discerning the Signs of the Times: Theological methodologies from the Margins
(BTT01)

18.  Understanding Indian Society (BTS01)
19.  Introduction to Christian Social Ethics (BTE01)

20.  Introduction to Christian Doctrines (BTT02)

21.  Resources for constructing Theologies:

A. Western Philosophy (BTT03)
B. Theology of Martin Luther (BTT05)
C. Theology of John Calvin (BTT06)

D. Wesleyan Theology (BTT07)
E. Pentecostal & Charismatic Theology (BTT08)

F. Baptist Theology & Polity (BTT09)
G. Orthodox Theology (BTT10)

22.  Person and Work of Jesus, the Christ (BTT11)
23.  Introduction to Christian Theologies in India (BTT12)

24.  Dalit/ Tribal/ Adivasi Theology (BTT13/ BTT14/ BTT15)
25. Feminist Theology (BTW14)

Optional Courses

xv. Contemporary Trends in Theology (BTT51)
xvi. Third World Liberation Theologies (BTT52)

xvii. Post-Enlightenment Theologies (BTT53)

xviii. Theology of Human Rights (BTT54)
xix. Human Sexuality (BTE51)

xx. Theology of Iconography & Architecture (BTT55)
xxi. Liturgical Theology (BTT56)

xxii. Detailed Study of Holy Trinity (BTT57)
xxiii. Bible and Ethics (BTE52)

xxiv. Theology of Spirituality and Contemplation (BTT58)
xxv. Christianity and Social Transformation (BTS51)

xxvi. Feminist Concerns (BTW59)
xxvii. Introduction to Historical Theology (BTT60)

xxviii. People and Church and Society in North East India (BTS61)
xxix. Ancient Christian Writers (BTT61)

3. RELIGION CLUSTER (RC)

Compulsory Courses

26.  Cultural History of India until the Mughal Period (BOS19)
27.  Introduction to Major Religious Traditions in India (BRS01)

28.  Introduction to Indian Philosophy (BRS02)
29.  A detailed study of any one religious tradition

a. Primal Religious Traditions (BRS03)

b. Hindu Religious Tradition (BRS04)
c. Buddhist Religious Tradition (BRS05)

d. Jaina Religious Tradition (BRS06)
e. Muslim Religious Tradition (BRS07)
f. Sikh Religious Tradition (BRS08)

30.  Modern Religious and Secular Movements in India (BRS09)

Optional Courses

xxxi. Religion, Communalism & National Identity. (BRS51)

xxxii. A subject each on History of South Asia

Islamic History of South Asia (BRS52)

Sikh History of South East Asia (BRS53)

Neo- Buddhism of India and Ambedkarism (BRS54) l Jaina Philosophy of Life (BRS55)

xxxiii. The Living Gurus and Matas of Indian Religious Traditions (BRS56)
xxxiv. Introduction to Western Philosophy (BRS57)

xxxv. The Religions of the Adivasis of the region (BRS58)
xxxvi. Goddess Traditions of India (BRS59)
xxxvii. A Classical Language of the Scriptures (for MTh in one of the Religious Traditions)

a. Sanskrit (BRS61)

b. Pali (BRS62)
c. Arabic (BRS63)

d. Syriac (BRS64)

xxxviii.Cultural Anthropology (for M.Th in Primal Religious Traditions) (BRS65)

xxxix. Hindu Pilgrimage (BRS60)

xl. The Religions of the Tribals of the Region (BRS66)

4. HISTORY- MISSION (HM) CLUSTER

Compulsory Courses

31.  Pioneers of Christian Witnesses in India (BOS18)
32.  History of Christianity from the 1st to the 18th Century (BHC01)

33.  Development of Missiological Thinking and Praxis (BHM01)
34.  History of Christianity in India (BHC02)

35.  Contemporary Issues and Trends in Christian Mission and Evangelism (BHM02)
36.  Ecumenical Movements (BHC03)

37.  Role of Women in the History of Christianity (BHC04)

Optional Courses

xli. A Detailed Study of History of Christianity up to 1050 CE (BHC51)
xlii. A Detailed Study of History of Reformation and the Modern Missionary Movement
(BHC52)

xliii. A Study of Local History of Christianity in specific areas and among the people
groups on any one of the following:

1.  History of the St. Thomas Christians in India from the First to the Twentieth Century (BHC53)

2.  History and Development of Christianity among one of the states in India or Sri Lanka or Bangladesh or Nepal or Myanmar (BHC54)

3.  Origin and Development of Christianity in North East India (BHC55)

4.  History and Development of Christianity among Dalits / Adivasis / Tribals / Subalterns in particular regions of India (BHC56)

5.  History and Development of any Pentecostal, Charismatic, Revival or New Generation Movement in India (BHC57)

5. MINISTRY CLUSTER (MC)

Compulsory Courses

38.  General Introduction to Christian Ministry (BOS20)
39.  Introduction to Church Traditions in India (BOS21)
40.  Worship and Preaching (BMM01)

41.  Introduction to Communication Studies for Christian Ministry (BMN01)
42.  Ministerial formation of a Christian Minister (BMM03)

43.  Media Education, Information and Communication Technologies in Christian Ministry (BMN02)

44.  Principles and Practices of Pastoral Care and Counselling (BMC01)
45.  Introduction to Christian Education (BME01)

46.  Marriage and Family Counselling (BMC02)
47.  Christian Education for Social Change (BME02)

48.  Church Organization and Pastoral Administration (BMM02)

Optional Courses

xliv. Homiletics (BMH51)

xlv. Crisis Counselling (BMC51)
xlvi. Liturgy and Music (BMM51)

xlvii. Readiness to Ministry (BMM52)
xlviii. Sacramental Theology (BMM53)

xlix. Media Ethics (BMC52)

l. Pastoral Psychology (BMC53)

li. Acting, Film & Drama (BMN51)
lii. Syriac Music and Hymnody (BMM54)

liii. Recent Trends in Homiletics (BMH52)
liv. Western Church Music (BMM55)

6. INTEGRATED AND INTERDISCIPLINARY CLUSTER

Compulsory Courses

49.  Science and Religion (BID01)
50.  Justice, Peace and overcoming violence: Biblical and Ethical Perspective (BID02)

51.  Towards inclusive communities:

1. People Living with HIV and AIDS (or) (BID03)

2.  Children at Risk (or) (BID04)
3.  Disability Perspective (BID05)

52.  Christian Faith and witness in pluralistic societies (BID06)

53.  Eco-Justice Theologies (BID07)
(Nos. 50 – 53 shall have Alternative mode of Examination and no Final Examination)

Optional Courses

lv. Immigrant Theology (BID51)

7.  GENERAL STUDIES

54.  Study Methods (BGN01)

55.  English I (BOS11)
56.  English II (BOS12)

57.  Theological English (BGN02)
58.  Psychology (BOS14)

59.  Sociology (BOS13)


Note: All Optional Papers are College Papers and Credited, Students of any Cluster can register for any number of Optional Courses.


BD COURSE SCHEMA

(All Colleges are requested to strictly follow the Course Sequence as mentioned in the BD Course Schema, while filling up the Examination Paper Registration Form of the students. The Senate of Serampore College will immediately cancel the course paper, if the BD Course Schema is violated.)

BD Orientation

  1st Semester           2nd Semester      
Paper Course Title     Cr. Type Paper Course Title       Cr. Type
Code             Code              
BOS11 English I       4 C BOS12 English II       4 S
                     
BOS15 Bible: Its Content and Message 2 C BOS13 Sociology       4 S
  I: OT                          
BOS18 Pioneers of Christian Witnesses 4 C BOS14 Psychology          
  in India                          
BOS19 Cultural Histories of India until 2 S BOS16 Bible: Its Content and    
  the Mughal Period           Message II: NT          
BOS20 General Introduction to 4 C BOS17 Introduction to Christian    
  Christian Ministry           Theology          
BOS21 Introduction to Church 4 C BOS19 Cultural Histories of India    
  Traditions in India           until the            
              BFW00 Field Education        

 

BD First Year

      1st Semester       2nd Semester        
Paper   Course Title Cr. Type Paper Course Title         Cr. Type
Code                   Code                  
BBN01   New   Testament   Greek   – 4 S BBN02 New  Testament   Greek 2 C
    Preliminary       Advanced (Optional)        
                               
BBO13   The Life and Faith of the People 4 C BBO11 Biblical Hebrew – Preliminary 4 S
    of God: OT                        
BTT01   Discerning the Signs of the 4 C BBN03 The Life and Faith of the 4 C
    Times       People of God: NT            
    : Theological Methodologies                        
    from the Margins                        
BHC01   History of Christianity from 1st 4 C BTS01 Understanding Indian Society 4 S
    to 18th Century                        
BRS01   Introduction to Major Religious 2 S BRS01 Introduction to Major 2 S
    Traditions       Religious Traditions        
BGN01   Study Methods (Non-Credit) 2NC C BMM01 Worship and Preaching     4 S
                               
BGN02   Theological   English   (Non- 4NC C BMN01 Introduction         to 4 S
    Credit)           Communication Studies for    
                      Christian Ministry            
                    BMM03 Ministerial Formation of a 2 C
                      Christian Minister            
                    BFW01 Field Education         4 C

BD Second Year

  1st Semester       2nd Semester    
Paper Course Title     Cr. Type Paper Course Title     Cr. Type
Code           Code          
BBO12 Biblical  Hebrew Advanced 2 C BBO14/ Liberation and Formation of 4 S
  (Optional)         BBO15 Identity of the People of God:    
              A Study of Pentateuch (ENG./    
              HEBREW) [Any One]    
BBG01 Biblical Hermeneutics: Methods 2 C BBN04/ Jesus Movement in Synoptic 4 S
  and Perspectives         BBN05 Gospels (ENG./GREEK) [Any    
              One]        
BTE01 Introduction to Christian Social 4 C BTT02 Introduction to Christian 4 S
  Ethics           Doctrines        
BRS02 Introduction to Indian 4 C BHC02 History of Christianity in India 4 S
  Philosophy                    
BMN02 Media Education, Information & 4 C BMC01 Principles  and Practices  of 2 S
  Communication Technologies in       Pastoral Care & Counselling    
  Christian Ministry           (contd. from 1st sem.)    
BMC01 Principles  and Practices  of 2 S            
  Pastoral Counselling                  
  Towards   Inclusive 2 C BID02 Justice, Peace and Overcoming 2 C
  Communities: (Any One)       Violence: Biblical and Ethical    
  a. People Living with HIV and       Perspective        
  AIDS-BID03                    
  b. Children at Risk-BID04                
  c. Disability Perspective-BID05                
BHM01 Development  of Missiological 4 C BFW02 Field Education     4 C
  Thinking and Praxis                  

BD Third Year

    1st Semester       2nd Semester    
Paper Course Title   Cr. Type Paper Course Title     Cr. Type
Code           Code          
BBN06 Jesus Tradition in Johnnanine 4 C BBO16/ Prophetic  Responses to  the 4 S
/ Writings (ENG/ GREEK) [Any     BBO17 struggles of the People of God    
BBN07 One]         (ENG./ HEBREW) [Any One]    
  Resources for constructing 2 C BTT11 Person and Work of Jesus, the 4 S
  Theologies: (Any One)       Christ        
  a. Western Philosophy – BTT03                
  b. Theology of Martin Luther –                
  BTT05                  
  c.Theology of Calvin-BTT06                
  d.Weslyin Theology – BTT07                
  e.Pentecostal & Charismatic                
  Theology – BTT08                
  f.Baptist Theology & Polity-                
  BTT09                  
  g.Orthodox Theology-BTT10                
  A Detailed Study of Any One 4 C BTT12 Introduction to Christian 4 S
  Religious Tradition:       Theologies in India      
  a. Hindu – BRS04                
  b. Buddhist -BRS05                
  c. Jaina – BRS06                
  d. Sikh – BRS08                  
  e. Islam- BRS07                
  f. Primal -BRS03                

 

BMC02 Marriage and Family 2 C BHM02 Contemporary Issues  and 4 S
  Counselling           Trends in Christian Mission    
              and Evangelism        
BID07 Eco-Justice Theologies   2 C BME01 Introduction to Christian 4 S
              Education        
BID01 Science and Religion   2 S BID06 Christian Faith and Witness in 2 C
              Pluralistic Societies      
            BID01 Science and Religion (contd. 2 S
              from 1st sem.)        
            BFW03 Field Education – 3rd Yr. 4 C

 

BD Fourth Year

    1st Semester       2nd Semester    
Paper Course Title   Cr. Type Paper Course Title Cr. Type
Code           Code      
BBO18/ Hope in Suffering and Joy in 4 C BBN08/ Jesus Tradition in Paul and 4 S
BBO19 Liberation: Study of Hebrew     BBN09 Pauline Circle (ENG./GREEK)    
  Poetry and Wisdom       [Any One]    
  Literature (ENG./HEBREW)            
  [Any One]              
  (Any One)     2 C BTW14 Feminist Theology 4 S
  Dalit Theology- BTT13            
  Tribal Theology- BTT14            
  Adivasi Theology -BTT15            
BHC04 Role of Women in the History 2 C BHC03 Ecumenical Movements 2 C
  of Christianity              
BME02 Christian Education for Social 2 C BRS09 Modern Religious and Secular 4 S
  Change           Movements in India    
BMM02 Church Organization   and 4 C        
  Pastoral Administration            
T00 Thesis     4 C T00 Thesis 4 C

N.B:

  1. Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Missiology and ATA BTH candidates (securing 40% and 52.5% marks in 8 papers BD Qualifying examination) additionally have to do Paper Nos. BBN01, BBO11 and BGN01 as per the convenience of the College,student, Course Year and Semester.

 

2. Bold and Italic Paper Codes, total 9 subjects are “No Final Examination” with a different
       
  examination pattern. These papers are Compulsory College Examined Credit Papers. All
  Colleges have to send marks of these papers at the time of reporting of College marks.
  Also point to be noted, that no students will be qualified without completing these papers.
  1. BGN01and BGN02 are Compulsory College examined Non – Credit papers, without completing these two papers students will not be qualified. The marks of two Non-

Credit papers will not be included in the calculation of final grade of Result, Mark Sheet and Transcript.

  1. All Colleges to be requested to send Field Work marks accordingly. No students will be qualified, without completing Field Work.

 

  1. Kindly note that the Senate Papers, especially BBN01, BBO11 and all papers of Provisional Colleges which will be examined in the month of October and will be evaluated by the subject teacher of the respective Colleges and an External examiner. Those marks should be sent in a College marks format:- (Example- BBN01-1 Ex.40, 2 Ex. 40, Ex. 40, IA. 20, TOT 60).

 

  1. If a student wishes to take Optional Paper BRS65 [Cultural Anthropology – Part I and Part II – combined College Examined Paper – 2+2 = 4 credits] as a College Paper, he will not get any exemption in Primal Religious Traditions at M.Th level.

 

  1. If a student wishes to take Optional Paper BRS65 [Cultural Anthropology – Part I and Part II – combined College Examined Paper – 2+2 = 4 credits] as a Senate Examined Paper, he will get exemption in Primal Religious Traditions at M.Th level.

 

  1. A student can take Optional Paper BRS65 [Cultural Anthropology – Part I and Part II – combined College Examined Paper – 2+2 = 4 credits] in lieu of Thesis, if he chooses to write BRS65 as a College Examined Paper.

 

  1. No student shall be allowed to take BBN02 (Optional) – New Testament Greek – Advanced, unless he has passed BBN01 – New Testament Greek – Preliminary.

 

  1. No student shall be allowed to take BBO12 (Optional) – Biblical Hebrew – Advanced, unless he has passed BBO11 – Biblical Hebrew – Preliminary.

 

  1. Marks to be reported in Numbers and not in decimal or in letter grade.

 

  1. Marks must not be in the multiple of five; Only the total should be in multiple of five.

 

  1. In case of Re-sit/Referred paper examination, marks should be evaluated out of 100%. No Internal Assessment (IA) is required in case of Re-sit/Re-take examination.

 

  1. EX I and EX II refers to Examiners.

 

  1. A Student should pass the Examination (EX) [Total – 60] and Internal Assessment (IA) [Total – 40] The minimum pass marks for IA is 16 out of 40 and for EX is 24 out of 60.

 

  1. In case of Senate Papers which are evaluated by College Examiners (Internal and External),

 

Marks should not be given in a decimal format or in letter grade.

  1. Students those who transfer from one College to another College, they do not need to re-register again. The previous or the earlier Registration Number/ Student Id will be applicable to them.     

The Registrar
Senate of Serampore College (University)
P.O. Serampore
District: Hooghly
Pin:- 712 201
West Bengal
INDIA
e-mail Id:- registrarsenate@yahoo.in/registrarsenate@gmail.com
Phone: (033) 2662 2692

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