Course Name: Course Descriptions
A. Biblical Theology
1. Old Testament (History of Israel) –C (Compulsory)
The history and culture of ancient Israel from the wandering time to Inter-testamental period covering the land of Palestine, life and customs of Israel, struggle for survival, migration to Egypt, liberation from slavery, re-settlement in Palestine, role of the judges, interactions and conflicts with Canaanite dwellers, evolution of kingship, conflicts between the North and the South, clashes with the empires, inculturation, deportation, return in which life, faith, culture and others have been shaped.
2. Vision and Mission of Hebrew Prophets – E (Elective)
To understand the origin and development of Hebrew prophecy, to recall the historical situations and the messages covering names, terms and titles of the prophets, their socio-political situation, call, ways, literary forms, messages, hardships, confessions, successes and failures.
3. Introduction to the Old Testament -C
To enlighten the knowledge of the development of the books of Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi book by book and their main theological messages.
4. Old Testament Theology-C
To recognize the faith and theological reflections in the books and traditions of the Old Testament reviewing how the subject is handled in various treatises on the Old Testament Theology and working out a methodology along with the various themes such as God, covenant, God’s demands and human responses, blessing, creation, promises, election, obedience and sin, and judgement.
5. Biblical Exegesis -C
To grasp the thoughts and ideas of the biblical writers using various tools of criticisms and methodologies to pinpoint the passage and its relation to contemporary situation.
6. Hebrew Language Studies-E
In order to introduce biblical Hebrew and provide a foundation in the main principles and usages as a basis for more advanced study, to enable to have a basic knowledge of some phonological, morphological and syntactical aspects. This study is based on Introduction to Biblical Hebrew by Thomas O. Lambdin dividing into five plus one (for six semesters) so that the students shall be able to read and translate the Hebrew Bible. The student who takes all semesters earns 12 credit hours and one for 2 credit hours.
7. Psalm Studies-E
To acknowledge the Psalms as praises and personal prayers which influence us in our daily lives giving comfort. Thus, a thorough study has been done on their historical questions, genres and sitz im Leben, history of their religion as poetry and their theology.
8. Pentateuchal Studies -E
To gain an awareness of theological issues and themes, to achieve confidence, to strengthen students’ skills of interpreting and to foster their skills covering the importance of the great traditions of ancient Israel – JEDP, creation epic along with its counterpart creation stories from neighbouring countries, flood epic, God’s names, forbidden fruit, the tower of Babel, circumcision and covenants, laws, tabernacle and its role, Moses as a refugee, the Passover, sacrifices, holiness, offerings, leadership within the five books.
9. Thoughts& Theologies of Intertestamental Period-E
To understand the subject as a bridge which joins the Old Testament and the New Testament and to be useful for the information about the life, culture, politics, religion that all drove the people of that era. This study covers a period from the time of Exilic period where the Jews in Babylon to the annexation of the Romans into Palestine thereby many sects arose as guarantors of the community such as Pharisees, Sadducees, Essences, the Qumran community, the Zealots who were in touch with the beliefs of resurrection, good and evil, angels and demons. Books such as Tobit, Judith, Baruch, and Maccabees are studied.
10. Canonization or How Came the Bible-C
To recall the events relating to the growth of the church identifying facts leading to the writings of the New Testament books and the process of canonization, differentiating between the stages of self-awareness of the church, explaining the emphasis of the individual writings, interpreting the message of the New Testament to relevant situation. This area will cover from the early Christian community and its growth towards the church understanding of Christ and collection of the books and the process of canonization.
11. New Testament Introduction-C
To enlighten knowledge of the historical, social political, and cultural background of the NT and the background, authors, dates and provenance of the books of New Testament from Matthew to Revelation and their main theological messages.
12. New Testament (Pauline Thoughts)-E
To understand the life of Paul, the background of his conversion, his significant work, to know Pauline theology such as Pauline anthropology, soteriology, ecclesiology, andethics,and to identify and respond tothe fundamental questions of how to present a theology based on Paul's letters
13. New Testament Theology-C
This is a basic New Testament Theology course, which does not require much knowledge of Greek, with an emphasis on important topics from the Synoptic Gospels and Pauline Theology and a brief survey on Johannine literature and other New Testament writings. Students taking this course are expected to have thorough knowledge of Christology, Jesus' teaching on the Kingdom of God and discipleship according to the Synoptic Gospels, to know Pauline theology and to identify key theological emphases in Johannine literature and other NT books.
14. New Testament (Revelation)-E
This is an exegetical study to identify the key hermeneutics and to understand the apocalyptic literature covering the themes of heavenly throne, sealed books, two multitudes, six and seven trumpets, angel and little book, dragon and women, 666, vision of assurance, seven bowls, marriage of the lamb, millennialism, new heaven and new earth.
15. Greek Language Studies-E
To introduce biblical Greek and provide a foundation in the main principles and a basis for more advanced study, and to enable to have a basic knowledge of some phonological, morphological and syntactical aspects. This studyis based on Introduction to New Testament Greek for Beginners by J. Gresham Machen dividing into five plus one (for six semesters).Students taking this subject are expected to be able to read and translate the Greek Bible. The student who takes all semesters earns 12 credit hours and one for 2 credit hours.
16. Exegetical Studies on the Book of Romans-E
To address the core theology of Paul in Romans byits exegetical studies on every passage. This study aims to have thorough knowledge and theology of the book as a whole and understand the interpretation of Romans from different points of view.
17. Corinthians Readings-E
To understand the core theology of the books of Corinthians by its exegetical studies on every passage. Students may have thorough knowledge and theology of the books as a whole and understand the interpretation from different points of view to meet various problems that arose within the Church.
B.Theology and Ethics
1. Christian Theology -C
To make students acquaint with the foundational doctrines in the Christian faith such as doctrines of the Triune God, Christ, Holy Spirit, humanity and sin, salvation, church, and doctrine of the last things by tracing its biblical, historical and evangelical trends. This course is divided into two parts for two semesters.
2. Contemporary Trends in Christian Theology-E
To familiarise various developments and issues in contemporary theological thinkings so that students may be able to have a meaningful dialogue and interaction with those trends with a constructive approach in relevant context.
3. Christian Ethics-C
To equip the students with methodological tools and practical skills in Christian Ethics for enabling them to engage in critical reflection and action when they face with ethical issues to the political, social, economic and religious life. This subject covers biblical foundation of Christian Ethics and various ethicist methods, such major ethical themes and issues as justice, liberation, sex, marriage, family, women, divorce, violence, rights, justice, equality, peace and ecology in general.
4. Asian Theology-E
To acquaint the students with the theological construction of selected Asian theologies and theologians. Local theologies and theological issues are critically examined in the light of historic Christianity and in their own contexts. The course will suggest guidelines and methodologies for constructing an Asian Christian theology seeking, on the one hand, to be faithful to the word of God and, on the other hand, to take the Asian contexts seriously.
5. Feminist Theology -E
To help the students become acquainted with the changing biblical hermeneutics, to reduce problems such as women exploitation anddiscrimination, andto pinpoint various issues arising within the community in which women are to take part in every role actively and enthusiastically.
6. Tribal Theologies-E
To understand that every theology must take its root from its own soil and to do theology arising out of cultures, traditions, folklores, and the way of life of one’s own particular tribe. The course therefore covers the meaning of tribal, its origin, lifestyle, culture, tradition along with an appropriate theology from tribal community.
7. Liberation Theology-E
To be able to reflect on the practical theology which intends to show the presence and power of God in the life and struggle of the oppressed (including women, certain races, classes and groups) in the light of God’s redemptive work manifested in the life of the Israelite people and in the ministry of Jesus who claimed himself to be liberator of the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized. The course covers a broad category of liberation theology starting from Latin America, and how it was implemented in Africa, Asia, etc.
C. History of Christianity
1. Introduction to History of Christianity-C
To survey the history of Christianity from its beginnings till present day so that students may have a comprehensive understanding of how the sources, problems and issues arose in the history of Christianity. This study has been divided and taken into two main parts in two semesters.
- Early Christianity – Medieval Periods
Covering introduction to history of Christianity discussing political, cultural, social background,and the life of the church: its worship, sacrament, ministry and style, its growth, its relation to the state, persecution and post-Constantine era; movements of Gnosticism, Montanism, Marcionism and Christological controversies, and the rise of Islam, crusade, division between the East and the West, missionary expansion in the West, the development of papacy.
- Reformation – Modern Era
The course starts from the time of Early Reform Movements such as those of Wycliff, Huss along with political, social, economic, cultural and philosophical changes during the late Middle Ages; Continental Reformation, Catholic Reformation, Pietism and Evangelism, the Great Awakening, Expansion of the Church; Scientific development and intellectual freedom, enlightenment, industrial revolution, French revolution, the two WARS, Nazism, secularism which all shape the form of the Church; and IMC in1910, Life and Work, Faith and Order, and theological Controversies in the modern Church.
To identify the different impulses and forms both secular and religious that brought cooperation, unity, renewal and joint action, to understand the meaning of unity in diversity. The subject covers from the meaning of ecumenism or ecumenical movement starting from the early church councils, Pietism, Evangelical Awakening to Modern Missionary Movement such as World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh 1910, IMC, Faith and Order Movement, Life and Work Movement, formation of WCC, Regional Conferences, development of Confessionalism all those bringing toward the unity of the Church.
3. Chin Church History-E
To recover the pre-Christian condition, the entry of British and Christianity, the works of missionaries, divisions among the Chins, the Baptists after missionary leaving, the awakening and emergence of denominations, the Churches’ attempt toward ecumenical movements.
4. World Major Religions-C
The purpose of this course is to acquaint the students with the four world major religions: Hindusim, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. The course also addresses minor world religions such as Jainism, Shintosm, and Confucionism.
5. Buddhism in Myanmar-E
To acquaint with the ways of Buddhism in Myanmar where we all live so that students may have a better understanding of that religion and people that there may be a way of penetrating and evangelising the main-land of brothers and sisters. The study covers up from the history of Myanmar starting from the first dynasty and the way they brought, introduced and developed Buddhism and how this religion has been furnished by the following dynasties. Moreover, a detailed study of the ways of Buddhism practiced in Myanmar has been viewed.
D. Practical and Christian Ministry
1. Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counselling -C
To understand the meaning of care and counselling in the context of ministry, to learn and develop pastoral attitudes and skills for care and counselling. The course normally covers from the call and commitment of the pastor, personal and vocational identity, life style, family life, pastor as a caring person – healing, sustaining, guiding, reconciling, listening and responding, empathy, respect, directive methods, informal and formal types onto physical and mental illness, dying and bereavement, alcohol and drug addiction, victims of socio-cultural, political and religious oppressions and suicidal plus various sorts of conflicts.
2. Church Organisation and Administration-E
To understand the aim of administration which is an equipment of the Church for its mission and to acquaint with the principles of Church Administration knowing that he/she will be responsible to cover the importance of the church as an organisation which needs administration for its life and mission, the function of the church, local church, its members, committees, records, finances, meetings, buildings, discussions, its officers and their works, problems that usually arose within the members.
3. Introduction to Christian Education-C
To understand the nature of Christian education and its purposes using various methods and means for the context. This course has been divided and taught into two parts in two semesters.
a) Early Childhood and Youth Education
It covers education from Hebrew-Judaistic tradition, New Testament period, early Church era, Reformation age, origin and goals of Sunday School Movement with methods of cognitive, moral and religious development.
b) Adult and Family Education
It covers from the importance and worth of the child in family, family value system, spirituality in Christian family, family worship and Christian education with the methods of stories-telling, seminars, debates, discussions, dramas and trainings.
4. Introduction to Mission and Evangelism -C
To understand the meaning of mission and evangelism of the church and its scope, limitations, strategies and implications in contemporary setting covering definition, need and practice of mission and evangelism not only from the biblical point of view but also from various models such as persuasion, conviction, and conversion.
5. Mission Strategy in the 21st Century -E
To understand a comprehensive survey of the status of Christian mission among its many families, in all parts of the world, relating it to its basic disciplines and with regard to the special challenges it faces. This area covers a clear cut understanding of traditional methods such as evangelical, conciliar, Roman Catholic and Pentecostal and Charismatic missions as bases for women, urban, dialogue with other faiths, contextualisation and church/state relation mission strategies.
E. English Language Studies
To help the students develop their reading comprehension andability to answer test of objective types as multiple choice, cloze, dictation, short answer, matching words, ordering and transformation.
To guide the students to be able to accurately translate English into the student’s native language, vocabulary and grammar, and alsoto translate the student’s native language and literature into Englishusing the proper words in the proper place.
To help the students construct grammatically correct English sentences,write formal and business letters, curriculum vitae, job application, and compose essays and short stories.
4. Phrasal Verbs
To help the students understand English idiomatic expression and phrasal verbs and to be able to use them to construct sentences.
5.Family Album I&II
To give students get American culture and usage of language points. Words in the album improve students’ speaking ability for their daily conversation.
6. Basic Grammar I
Focusing on eight parts of speech in English Grammar, this course also covers revision on relative Pronoun, Active and Passive Voice, Articles, Mood, Agreement of the Verb with the subject and Auxiliaries.
7. Grammar II
Students learning this course understand intermediate English Grammar coveringthe right use of Tenses, Conditional sentences, Gerund, Infinitive, Participles, Phrases and Clauses, etc.
8. Prose I
This course covers the definitions and meanings of seven kinds of Prose and ten topics of sample Prose.
9. Prose II
This course analyses three long stories which help students understand advanced English literature and use it for writing stories by themselves.
This subject helps students to accurately pronounce English. It includes Phonemic Symbols, Syllables, Word Stress, Sentence Stress, Sound Pair and Conversation.
11. Kernel Lesson
Textbook for this course includes 25 units. Each unit is divided into 5 parts. This course mainly focuses on the right use of English grammar.
12. Speaking I
To develop students’ speaking skills and ability. Students are encouraged to practice English in order that they may speakEnglish fluently and accurately. This course is taught for two semesters.
To help students understand classic English Novels such asWuthering Heightsand to develop their understanding in English literature.
To help students, by teaching ten kinds of Figures of Speech, seven kinds of Sound Devices, Stanza Forms, eight kinds of Rhyme Schemes, eight kinds of Poetry, sample poems,understand the basic rules of Poetry and guide them write poem and compose their feeling systematically.
The play “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” written by William Shakespeare is used for course textbook, and the course aims to help students understand classical English writers and develop their liking for English literature.
To help students write English sentences, pharses, clauses, and passages to be structurally and grammatically correct.
17. Four Skills
To help and guide the studentsto acquaint withthe IELTS exercises and teach it as a preparation of the IELTS test. IELTS testbooks published by Cambridge IELTS Testing Service is used for the main textbook.
To help and guide the students to acquaint with the TOEFL exercises and teach it as a preparation of the actual TOEFL test. Grammar Flash and Reading Flash published by Peterson and ETS test books published by Cambridge Educational Testing Service (ETS) are used for the main textbooks.
F. Chin Literature & Culture Studies
1. Chin Literature
To develop the Chin literature and to foster the spirit of understanding and love between Chin people who speak different dialects and have language barriers.
2. Chin Cultures
To maintain and develop knowledge of Chin Traditions, Cultures, Folklores, Proverbial sayings, etc., and to enhance the practical learning of Chin cultural dances.
G. Business Studies
1. Introduction to Business
To help the students know what business is, how to successfully run Business and to introduce other several business sciences and technologies.
2. Business English
To help the students know and appropriately use business terms and vocabulary, and to develop students’ English communication skills through learning the newly created words and vocabulary in current business world.
3. Business Law
To help the students know business laws andunderstand codes of conducts in the business field.
The studyof how to satisfy people’s wants in the face of limited resources andhow to deal with the behavior of individual households, farms, and market structures.
5. Principles of Management
To give the students a clear picture of the concept and function of management, to provide a framework for further management study, and to improve a student’s management and administrative abilities.
6. Financial Accounting
To introduce students accounting principles, differences between capital expenditure and revenue expenditure, bad debts and allowance for doubtful debts, nature and calculations of fixed assets, depreciation and disposal of fixed assets, accruals, and prepayments and other adjustments for preparing the financial statements in the profit as well as non-profit organizations.
7. Marketing Management
To provide students to understand marketing conceptand its application, how it affects a person’s life and pscychology, and to notifyactual marketing opportunities and problems.
8. Production and Operation Management
To provide students to understand fundamental concepts and techniques that are essential for managing modern manufacturing and service enterprises.
9. Human Resource Management
To provide students an overview of human resources management, its historical development, changing environment, factors affecting organization effectiveness and to improve the performance of individual and groups in the organization.
To help students know the theory and practice of managing a small business in the economy. Emphasis is thus stressed upon the practical matters of starting, growing and sustaining a profitable small business.
11. Business Ethics
To help students understand ethical behavior in business field and to help them have the ability to make ethical decisions by providing a framework to be used for identifying, analysing, and controlling ethical issues in business decision-making.
12. Organizational Management
To deal more specifically with the organization itself, how it is configured, managed, structured, designed, andespecially how to direct and control it to be a fruitful, profitable and healthy organization.
13. International Business Management
To improve business communication across different cultures, to build confidence and trust among clients, suppliersand colleagues, and to provide the students international matrix systems and other organizational structures.
To provide students knowledge of how to conduct statistical analyses, how to manipulate data, and how to generate tables and graphs that summarize data. It also contains several tools for recoding data and computing new variables as well as merging and aggregating datasets.
15. Consumer Behavior Description
This course includes the importance of consumer behavior and research; internal influences such as motivation and involvement, personality, self-image, life-style, perception, learning, attitude formation and change, and communication; external influences such as culture, subculture, social class reference groups and family, and the diffusion of innovations; and consumer decision-making.
16. Business Communication
To provide students knowledge of how communication, as an integral part to management strategy and a critical component for success in the workplace, plays an important rolein business. It also gives knowledge of strategic communication, elements of persuasive communication, how to design messages for diverse and possibly resistant audiences, and how to present information in a credible and convincing way.
17. Marketing Research
To providestudents a comprehensive introduction to marketing research, key concepts, processes, techniques, and applications. The course helps students notify a business enterprise, whether a start-up or an established company, research design, including qualitative and quantitative methods used for analyzing research data.
18. Customer Relationship Management
To provide students a comprehensive study and technologies for managing the relationship with potential and current customer, and also with business partners across marketing, sale, and service areas regardless of the channel of distribution. This course mainly focuses on the development and implementation of relationship for marketing strategies via the use of CRM initiatives.
19. Shop Floor Management
To provide students tools and knowledge necessary to analyze and solve complex system and problems related to manufacturing and business environments through the application of quantitative analysis, team building and leadership principles.
20. Organization Management
To provide students the fundamental concepts of organizational theory from the managerial perspectives to the behavior and performance of organizations, and to serve as the capstone course for the program.
21. Quantitative Techniques
To provide students a research-based and quantitative model for decision making and mathematical model to describe the essence of decision problems and the associated algorithms to reach an optimum solution for the profit-oriented organization.
22. Managerial Economics
To give students knowledge for the application of economic theory (microeconomics and macroeconomics, mathematical economics, and decision science tools) to find the optional solution to managerial decision problem.
23. Strategic Management
To provide learners a comprehensive study of an integral part of the organization and management principles and practices. The course aims at developing strategic management activities and capabilities drawn from the experiences of leading companies as well as new theories, and covers a wide range of critical issues.