Details for Theology of Social Justice

This unit provides a biblical theology of holistic mission that takes seriously the responsibility of the church to address issues of justice and poverty.  It argues that the good news of the Kingdom of God has vital implications for social and cultural values. Too often in our western society we see political ideology claiming these values. As Christians we need to reclaim them as expressions of our faith, not our politics, and as the reflection of God’s Kingdom on earth.


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: THE221
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Jacqueline Service

Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Theology of Social Justice

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Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This unit sets out the theological foundations for social justice. It will provide a Biblical theology of holistic mission that takes into account the physical, social, cultural and spiritual implications of the gospel of the Kingdom of God, as well as examining Christian teaching on poverty and economic justice.

Outcomes

  1. Develop a solid understanding of the biblical and theological foundations of holistic church mission;
  2. Describe and critique alternate ways in which religious communities have engaged with the economic, political and cultural structures that generate and sustain poverty, injustice and environmental issues;
  3. Identify the local and global environmental and social challenges that require response from the church;
  4. Show the ways in which issues of gender, culture and religion frame the experience of poverty and inform aid and relief projects;
  5. Compare and contrast different conceptions and expressions of Christian mission.

Subject Content

  • Social Justice, Scripture and the Early Church
  • Social Justice as Worship – The Church, Mission, and the Holy Spirit 
  • Contemporary History of Christian Social Engagement
  • Dynamics of Power and Liberation Theology
  • Personhood and Poverty
  • Human Well-Being and the Triune God
  • Charity, Aid, Development and Beyond Development
  • Group Presentations
  • Gender Justice
  • Indigenous Justice, Race and Reconciliation
  • Globalisation, Economic Injustice and Human Trafficking
  • Justice for the Earth – Environment/Climate Change/Christian Stewardship

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)
  • SOC201 - Theology of Social Justice is the equivalent online subject for Semester 1, 2019 only.

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Major Essay (40%)
  • Forum Postings (20%)
  • Creative Project (40%)

Prescribed Text

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