This course will introduce you to the discipline of theological research, setting you on the exciting journey towards writing a theological thesis based on your theological interest. The course will help you choose a research topic, taking it through the various phases of the final thesis. You will be equipped with the skills for the academic writing, advanced research, argumentation and the effective use of theological resources.

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

  • Develop your theological interest into a workable and focused research concept.
  • Develop your research concept into a full research proposal under the guidance of a supervisor.
  • Demonstrate competence in the various stages of writing, advanced research, argumentation and effective use of theological resources.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Research Concept Development
  • Unit 2: Research Proposal Development and Submission
  • Unit 3: Research and Theological Writing of Thesis

Required Reading

Asumang A 2014. Biblical Studies. In B Domeris and K Smith (eds.), A Student’s A-Z of Theology: Evangelical Theology in Outline, pp. 53-77. Johannesburg: SATS Press.
Bevans SB and Schroeder RP 2011. Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today. New York: Orbis Books.
Das R 2015. Connecting Curriculum with Context: A Handbook for Context Relevant Curriculum Development in Theological Education (ICETE). Cumbria: Langham Global Library.
Domeris B 2017. Choosing a Research Topic. Unpublished article. Johannesburg: SATS.
Ducklow P n.d. Appreciative Inquiry: A Paradigm Shift for Social Systems. Online article. Accessed from:, 2017-04-28.
Malherbe J 2017. Church and Society. Unpublished article. Johannesburg: SATS.
Mouton J 2001. How to Succeed in your Master’s and Doctoral Studies: A South African Guide and Resource Book. Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers.
Peppler CL 2014. Systematic Theology. In B Domeris and K Smith (eds.), A student’s A-Z of Theology: Evangelical Theology in Outline, pp. 255-265. Johannesburg: SATS Press.
Peters T 2000. GOD – The World’s Future: Systematic Theology for a New Era (2nd ed.). Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
Shaw IJ (ed.) 2015. Best Practice Guidelines for Doctoral Programs (ICETE). Cumbria: Langham Global Library.
Shaw IJ 2015. Handbook for Supervisors of Doctoral Students in Evangelical Theological Institutions (ICETE). Cumbria: Langham Global Library.
Smith KG 2008. Academic Writing and Theological Research. Johannesburg: SATS Press.
________ 2013. Integrated Theology: Discerning God’s Will in our World. Johannesburg: SATS Press.
Tapela B, Büscher B, Maluleke L, Twine W, Steenkamp C 2009. Guidelines for Negotiating Social Research in Communities Living Adjacent to Transboundary Protected Areas: Kruger National Park. Johannesburg: University of Johannesburg.
Thomas EC n.d. Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Change. Online article. Accessed from:, 2017-04- 28.
Tucker R 2014. Practical Theology. In B Domeris and K Smith (eds.), A student’s A- Z of Theology: Evangelical Theology in outline, pp. 236-253. Johannesburg: SATS Press.
Vyhmeister NJ and Robertson TD 2014. Your Guide to Writing Quality Research Papers: For Students of Religion and Theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
Willis R 2008. Appreciative Inquiry: A Transformational Leadership Strategy. Online blog. Accessed from: inquiry-transformational-leadership-strategy/, 2017-04-28.