This course lays a foundation for postgraduate studies at SATS and exposes the student to the following aspect: The history of SATS, Theological research and writing skills, e-learning, research tools, theological sub-disciplines, and research models, levels of postgraduate studies and their implications for life and ministry. 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history and foundational principles of SATS, as well as of some of the people involved in establishing and growing the institution.
  • Access and use SATS’ online services.
  • Overcome common obstacles, manage time, master general elements of research, and apply them to your own studies.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: About SATS
  • Unit 2: About Support
  • Unit 3: About Successful Study

Required Reading

Köstenberger AJ 2011. Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue. Wheaton: Crossway. Pp. 159-166, 209-22.

Malherbe J 2017. Towards a Theology of Knowledge and Learning. Unpublished article.

Smith 2008. Academic Writing and Theological Research. Johannesburg: SATS Press.

1 From here on referred to as SATS.
_______ 2013. Integrated Theology: Discerning God’s Will in our World. Johannesburg: SATS Press.
South African Theological Seminary (SATS), PRA4241 Practical Theology Reader.