Short Courses

Short Course Outline

Global University UK offers a number of short courses which may better suit you and your requirements. We recognise that you may not be in the position to complete an undergraduate degree. If so, these short courses may be just what you are looking for. Short courses are fully accredited and start from just 17 Credits (usually 6 or 7 modules).

Our short courses provide basic training in specific areas of Christian ministry and could be a perfect fit for those who don’t want or need to study a full undergraduate degree programme but still want to complete undergraduate courses. These short courses could take as little as 6 months to complete. We’ve listed the number of Credits for each course in brackets.

Short Course Content

Certificate in Bible and Theology (32 Credits)
Bible


The Life of Christ in the Synoptic Gospels
This course is a study of the life of Christ from the viewpoint of the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The Life of Christ in the Synoptic Gospels helps the student grasp the chronological progression and the spiritual significance of important events in Christ’s life. It also stresses His message and His method, including His parables and miracles. Organized around three themes—the world, the Man, and the message—this study helps students integrate their understanding of His life and work with a clear commitment to live by the principles He taught and the values He demonstrated. They are enabled to preach and teach about Christ with greater understanding and effectiveness.


Paul's Salvation Letters: Galatians and Romans
Paul’s Salvation Letters: Galatians and Romans gives the student a deep appreciation of the apostle Paul. In the midst of church planting, he explains the gospel, confronts false teachers,
distinguishes between law and grace, and shows how the gospel is rooted in Old Testament Scripture. His systematic explanation of the gospel to the Romans gives the student insight into the major doctrines of sin, salvation, and sanctification. The student also learns how union with Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit enable him or her to mature spiritually and live victoriously.


Principles of Biblical Interpretation
This course is divided into four units. The first unit presents fundamental truths that must be accepted before beginning a study of the Bible. The second unit deals with general principles of interpretation that are applicable to any type of literature. Specific rules that apply to special types of literature are overviewed in the third unit. In the final unit, the student is given sample passages of Scripture to which he or she will apply the guidelines of interpretation that have been learned.


Old Testament Literature: His Story
This course is a study of beginnings. It shows how the ancient, inspired Hebrew writers expressed in narrative form a record of God’s saving deeds from the beginning of God’s work with all humankind. From these narratives, students can see God’s unfolding plan of redemption through what Christians believe to be God’s revelation. Concepts like covenant, priesthood, law, trust, faithfulness, and righteousness come from the Old Testament. Such knowledge is basic to understanding the New Testament. The Old Testament is the only Bible Jesus, His followers, and the early believers had. Storytelling is one of the oldest methods of communicating from one generation to the next. Learn to tell God’s story from the record of the Old Testament and be equipped to pass it on to your generation and those to follow.




Theology


Man and Sin
Man and Sin is an introductory study of the biblical doctrines of the origin and nature of humankind and of the problem of sin and its effects. Students will learn to appreciate these subjects from a biblical, systematic, and, to a lesser extent, historical perspective. The course emphasizes biblical interpretation from the view of evangelical Christians, but this position is understood against the backdrop of predominant non-Christian worldviews.


The Bible and The Church
In The Bible and the Church, a basic study of bibliology and ecclesiology, the student investigates the nature and authority of the Scriptures. In the second half of the course, the authors consider the biblical basis for the church, its Old Testament antecedents, and its beginning, nature, and purpose.




Church Ministries


The Work of the Pastor
The Work of the Pastor focuses on the pastor’s call to and preparation for Christian ministry. The author examines the relationships vital to successful ministry and reviews the pastor’s primary responsibilities. Based on the books of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, this course enables students to recognize and apply biblical principles to different situations they face in a local congregation. Specific principles treated relate to the selection of church leadership, the discipline of church members, and guidelines for church worship. Since the study focuses on the pastor’s call and spiritual life as well as pastoral duties, it emphasizes both being and doing.


Great Commission Strategies
This course establishes a biblical theology of the Great Commission. It presents an in-depth study of evangelism and discipleship principles that are universal in their application. Important elements of Great Commission Strategies include the nature of the gospel message, the biblical definition of discipleship, and the methodology of Jesus. Challenges facing the church in multiple ministry contexts are also explored. Finally, the course integrates evangelism and discipleship, presenting them as two sides of a single task.


Introduction to Islam
This course is an introductory study of Islam, including its beliefs, practices, and present status as a world religion. The history of Islam is summarized, and key terms are defined. In the final unit, the author contrasts key beliefs of Islam with Christianity and offers practical guidelines for effective Christian witness to Muslims.




General Education


Orientation to GU Learning
This course assists new students in understanding the process and expectations of studying with Global University in the distance learning setting. It provides an overview of academic policies and guides students in developing skills in library usage, creative and critical thinking, reading and writing, study and note taking, and time management. Students identify personal learning styles to increase effective study practices and learn to make connections between personal views and other worldviews. They are introduced to how Global University courses are designed, become familiar with how to prepare assignments, and learn what to expect from three credit courses.


The Church: From Pentecost to the Reformation
The Church: From Pentecost to the Reformation is an introductory study of Christianity from its birth to the beginnings of the Reformation. The course provides an introduction to history as a scientific discipline and emphasizes the importance of history in relation to the Christian faith. The course deals with the apostolic church, the early church fathers, the ecumenical councils, the emergence of medieval theology and church practice, and the beginning of the Renaissance in Europe. Course content includes a consideration of the contribution of major Christian theologians, the relationship of the church and state, and the rise of monasticism and missions. The twelve lessons enable the student to apply insights from the past to contemporary situations.


The Church: From the Reformation to the 20th Century
This course provides an introductory
study of the history of Christianity from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. The student will consider renewal periods, organizational matters, theological issues, and geographic expansion. The student will also examine the lives and contributions of significant Christian preachers, leaders, and theologians, concluding with an assessment of recent trends such as the charismatic renewal and non-Western missionary outreach. The lessons are structured to enable the student to apply insights learned from the past to contemporary situations.



Bible Interpreter Certificate (17 Credits)
Bible Interpreter Certificate


The Life of Christ in the Synoptic Gospels
This course is a study of the life of Christ from the viewpoint of the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The Life of Christ in the Synoptic Gospels helps the student grasp the chronological progression and the spiritual significance of important events in Christ’s life. It also stresses His message and His method, including His parables and miracles. Organized around three themes—the world, the Man, and the message—this study helps students integrate their understanding of His life and work with a clear commitment to live by the principles He taught and the values He demonstrated. They are enabled to preach and teach about Christ with greater understanding and effectiveness.


Principles of Biblical Interpretation
This course is divided into four units. The first unit presents fundamental truths that must be accepted before beginning a study of the Bible. The second unit deals with general principles of interpretation that are applicable to any type of literature. Specific rules that apply to special types of literature are overviewed in the third unit. In the final unit, the student is given sample passages of Scripture to which he or she will apply the guidelines of interpretation that have been learned.


Corinthians
How does one relate the Bible to contemporary church life? In the Corinthians Study Guide, the author helps the student do this through an in-depth study of the Corinthian letters. He begins with exegesis, teaching the student how to use this method of Bible study to understand the problems faced by first-century Corinthian believers. Then, for each major problem the apostle Paul dealt with, the author suggests a possible solution or an interpretation that can be applied to the church today. This course is especially helpful to those who desire to preach and teach as it demonstrates a methodology of Bible interpretation. An overview of 2 Corinthians is also included in this study.


Old Testament Literature: His Story
This course is a study of beginnings. It shows how the ancient, inspired Hebrew writers expressed in narrative form a record of God’s saving deeds from the beginning of God’s work with all humankind. From these narratives, students can see God’s unfolding plan of redemption through what Christians believe to be God’s revelation. Concepts like covenant, priesthood, law, trust, faithfulness, and righteousness come from the Old Testament. Such knowledge is basic to understanding the New Testament. The Old Testament is the only Bible Jesus, His followers, and the early believers had. Storytelling is one of the oldest methods of communicating from one generation to the next. Learn to tell God’s story from the record of the Old Testament and be equipped to pass it on to your generation and those to follow.


New Testament Literature
This course is intentionally a literary approach to understanding the New Testament and is not intended to be a survey course. More attention is given to understanding literature—especially divinely sponsored literature—than is given to survey the specific contents of each book. The overarching goal is to prepare students to appreciate and understand the New Testament more fully in its divinely ordained original context. The intent is that this understanding will better equip students to be faithful in interpreting the Word more closely to the authorial intent.


Man and Sin
Man and Sin is an introductory study of the biblical doctrines of the origin and nature of humankind and of the problem of sin and its effects. Students will learn to appreciate these subjects from a biblical, systematic, and, to a lesser extent, historical perspective. The course emphasizes biblical interpretation from the view of evangelical Christians, but this position is understood against the backdrop of predominant non-Christian worldviews.


The Bible and the Church
In The Bible and the Church, a basic study of bibliology and ecclesiology, the student investigates the nature and authority of the Scriptures. In the second half of the course, the authors consider the biblical basis for the church, its Old Testament antecedents, and its beginning, nature, and purpose.



Christian Mission Certificate (17 Credits)
Christian Mission Certificate


Cross-Cultural Communications
How do cultural differences affect the way people interact? How might one improve his or her communication skills in a shrinking world? Cross-Cultural Communications attempts to help the student discover answers to these current problems. Perhaps the most important aspect of this course relates to the word mission. The course is dedicated to helping the student become a sent one to present Christ and His kingdom in an environment other than his or her own. To do this, the course addresses how communication and culture relate, how to reach people where they are, how different people think and express ideas across cultures and subcultures, and how the thoughts and expressions of people affect their behaviour.


Great Commission Strategies
This course establishes a biblical theology of the Great Commission. It presents an in-depth study of evangelism and discipleship principles that are universal in their application. Important elements of Great Commission Strategies include the nature of the gospel message, the biblical definition of discipleship, and the methodology of Jesus. Challenges facing the church in multiple ministry contexts are also explored. Finally, the course integrates evangelism and discipleship, presenting them as two sides of a single task.


Introduction to Missions
The orientation of Introduction to Missions is both biblical and contemporary. The Bible’s teaching on missions is outlined through both the Old and New Testaments. Two international and biblical missions themes are treated throughout this course: those of the redeemed people of God and Christ’s strategy of missions. A former missionary writes from his own years of experience.


The Bible and Missions
This course is a biblical study about the missionary task of the church. The Bible and Missions focuses on world evangelism and discipleship. The author emphasizes the lost condition of humankind and God’s plan of redemption. He presents the church as the agency God uses to reach the world with the gospel. The course introduces the student to the spiritual resources available to the church for this task. Biblical illustrations focus on the church’s and individual’s involvement in missions, emphasizing commitment and responsibility.


Introduction to Islam
This course is an introductory study of Islam, including its beliefs, practices, and present status as a world religion. The history of Islam is summarized, and key terms are defined. In the final unit, the author contrasts key beliefs of Islam with Christianity and offers practical guidelines for effective Christian witness to Muslims.


People and Their Beliefs
After an introduction to the concept of religion, the course surveys ten of the prominent living religions of the world: animism of the Majority World and religions of India (Hinduism and Sikhism), of East Asia (Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Shintoism), and of the Middle East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). The course treats the origins, development, tenets, and literature of each and evaluates each in the light of Christian concepts. The course concludes with an analysis of the departure of heretical sects from orthodox Christian principles.



Christian Communicator Certificate (17 Credits)
Christian Communicator Certificate


How to Speak in Public
This course is designed to increase the student’s awareness of the importance of speech in all areas of life and human cultures. Its main emphasis is on the values of Christian ministry through speech. The units of the course deal successively with speech and the speaker, resources available to the speaker, the speaker and his or her audience, and intercultural aspects of speech.


The Principles of Teaching
This course presents a Christian philosophy of education based on the concepts implied in Luke 2:52: “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.” The first unit deals primarily with the characteristics and needs of students at different ages and considers ways Christian teachers can meet these needs. The second unit looks into the fundamental responsibilities of the teacher and how to fulfil them, and the third unit provides practical help in the use of contemporary educational methods. The last unit presents the steps in preparing, presenting, and evaluating lessons.


Writing Better English
Writing Better English shows how an author’s point of view and choice of language determine style and influence the meaning of written communication. The course also covers more advanced grammatical principles and the application of sentence structure to improve written communication depending on one’s purpose of narration, description, explanation, or persuasion. Special topics include academic outlining and an orientation to research, report, and summary writing.


The Work of the Pastor
The Work of the Pastor focuses on the pastor’s call to and preparation for Christian ministry. The author examines the relationships vital to successful ministry and reviews the pastor’s primary responsibilities. Based on the books of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, this course enables students to recognize and apply biblical principles to different situations they face in a local congregation. Specific principles treated relate to the selection of church leadership, the discipline of church members, and guidelines for church worship. Since the study focuses on the pastor’s call and spiritual life as well as pastoral duties, it emphasizes both being and doing.


Christian Counselling
Christian Counselling is a paraprofessional approach to Christian counselling. Humankind is viewed as the creation of God with a capacity to know Him and have fellowship with Him. In Christian Counselling, the students gain an understanding of the agape theory approach to counselling. This helps them follow Christ’s command to love one another. This course is not a theoretical approach; rather, it is a means to practical Christian counselling.


Preparing and Preaching Bible Messages
The intention of this course is to give a clear understanding of the basic principles of Christian preaching. It stresses the prime place of biblical exposition in authoritatively communicating the Christian message. It deals with practical matters such as the preparation of sermons, sources of materials, construction of sermon components, variety of sermon types, and delivery of sermons. It also stresses the importance of preachers themselves in effectively communicating their messages.


The Church's Educational Task
Pastors or those responsible for the educational program in the local church will find The Church’s Educational Task a valuable course. It examines what the Bible has to say about such concepts as teaching, training, and religious instruction. In general, the course discusses the church’s role and responsibility to train and instruct its members and families in the Word of God.