Bachelor of Ministry Subjects

Subjects offered as part of this Award, including Elective Subjects:

(For more specific information about the course structure, please see the Bachelor of Ministry Course page)

BIB102 - Introduction to Israel's Scriptures (Old Testament)

Description: The aim of this subject is to familiarise students with Israel's Scriptures as a coherent narrative that is of crucial importance to Christians (pun intended!). While this subject includes a discussion of every book in Israel's Scriptures, it goes beyond this to look at how the character of God is communicated and traces significant themes throughout. We will also look at how to read Hebrew narrative and poetry, and at the influence of cultural background on interpretation. Unit detail page >>

BIB103 - Introduction to the New Testament

Description: This course seeks to introduce the content of the books of the NT with a view to providing a basis for further reading and study. The primary focus will be on the message of each book within its particular historical-cultural setting, with some attention being given to its contribution to the theology of the NT as a whole. Selected critical issues will be dealt with on occasion. Unit detail page >>

BIB210 - The Pentateuch

Description: At the beginning of the bible, we find the Pentateuch. From Genesis to Deuteronomy, these books are essential for understanding our faith today. For ancient Israel it described their origins, creation stories, ancestors, exodus from Egypt, covenant with Yahweh, the journey to the Promised Land and their worship of Yahweh. Similarly for us as Christians, our salvation-story is framed by the people, images and stories found in the Pentateuch. Together in this unit we will explore these foundational themes of creation, faith, salvation, covenant, worship, land and journeying present in the Pentateuch. We will particularly discover the wonder of the Pentateuch’s literary structure and techniques as well as the world it constructs. It will also survey how the Pentateuch sets the stage for what follows in the rest of the biblical canon. Unit detail page >>

BIB257 - Mark’s Gospel

Description: Recent scholarship has come to appreciate the power and rich subtlety of Mark’s deceptively straightforward and oft-neglected account of Jesus. The rehabilitation of Jesus’ long-ignored Jewishness has contributed to this renaissance, paving the way for a new understanding of Mark’s themes, structure, coherence, and remarkably high Christology. Deepen your understanding of Mark’s gospel and its relevance today through this careful exegetical study. Unit detail page >>

BIB311 - Psalter

Description: The Psalms are infused with the diverse richness of the human experience. No matter what you are feeling, whether joy or thankfulness, grief or despair, you can always find a psalm that resonates with these emotions. This is why the Psalter continues to remain a favourite book for many of us. Together in this unit, we will explore the wonder and technique of Hebrew poetry, plus the many expressions of prayer and worship within ancient Israel. We will be challenged to utilise these psalms in our own life to bring expression to all our experiences, whether the heights of praise or cries of doubt. But wait, there’s more! In this unit, we will also explore the sexually infused lyrical poetry of the Song of Songs. So all in all, settle back as we explore the poetry of the Psalms and Song of Songs. Unit detail page >>

BIB313 - Esther

Description: Esther is a female character in the Old Testament who outwits her enemies in a deadly game of palace politics. In a thoughtful examination of Esther, we discover that it is a book rich in wonder, mystery, and artistic literary expression. The excellent Hebrew narrative of Esther, with its twists and turns, continues to make it a favourite book for many of us today. This unit will take you into the Persian world of Esther, and its post-exilic context. We will particularly explore with Esther ‘where is God?’ - for this narrative is crafted in such a way that the name of the LORD is never mentioned, yet God is present in every situation. Unit detail page >>

CCM101 - Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry

Description: This subject aims at training future pastors and church leaders to lead Australasian churches with a world mission focus, in all of its biblical, historical, cultural and strategic dimensions. Unit detail page >>

CCM102 - Biblical Foundations of Mission

Description: This Biblical Foundations of Mission unit is designed to demonstrate the responsibility that God has charged his people with to bring his Kingdom to earth. From Israel to the birth of the Christian church through the ministry of Jesus Christ, the task of God’s people was, and still is, to be a light to the nations and to make disciples that reflect the character of God. This unit will trace this mandate through the biblical narrative and give special attention to Jesus’ own ministry and the spread of the early Christian church. For those wishing to broaden their understanding of a biblical theology of mission, then sign up now! Unit detail page >>

CCM201 - Cross Cultural Communication

Description: This subject provides students with an opportunity to study the principles and processes of communication theory and how to apply that in the process of the contextualization of the Christian message. These tools are important for ministry anywhere in the world including in cross-cultural mission. It will also introduce students to the communication prototypes inherent in the Scriptures as well as preparing students for Christian witness in their own ministry context. Unit detail page >>

CCM202 - Anthropology in Christian Ministry

Description: This unit provides students with an understanding of anthropological concepts and insights as tools for contemporary ministry. It also sets out an anthropological analysis of Christianity, and enables students to develop the capacity to exegete any cultural context in which they find themselves ministering. Unit detail page >>

CCM221 - Preparing for Cross Cultural Field Ministry

Description: This unit lays a foundation for cross cultural ministry, by broadly examining cultural and lifestyle issues vital to contemporary missions. Unit detail page >>

CCM222 - Personal and Professional Skills for Cross Cultural Ministry

Description: This unit builds on ‘Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry” (CCM101) and complements ‘Foundations of Cross Cultural Field Ministry’ (CCM221) by examining the religious world in which missions takes place, and the personal challenges and growth that are part of the process. Unit detail page >>

CCM223 - Methods and Strategies for Cross Cultural Ministry

Description: This unit builds on ‘Introduction to Cross Cultural Ministry’ (CCM101) by developing a personal and ministry strategy for effective missionary life and work. Unit detail page >>

CCM304 - World Religions

Description: TBA Unit detail page >>

CCM305 - Exploring Islam

Description: This unit will provide the basis for understanding Islam as a religion as observed in the world today. To do so it explores the historical, cultural, theological, philosophical and political background of Islam. This is necessary for understanding the complex cross-currents of Christian-Muslim Relations in contemporary society. It will also point the student towards effective approaches to Muslim evangelism and discipleship. Unit detail page >>

CCM392 - Cross Cultural Ministry Field Study

Description: TBA Unit detail page >>

ENG101 - Literature from the Classical period to the 17th Century

Outcomes:

1.      Discuss the origins of and influences of the English language;

2.      Read and discuss signature literary texts from the 7th Century BC to the 16th Century AD which influenced English literature, and review them in relation to key questions in literary studies;

3.      Undertake textual  interpretation of two of Shakespeare's plays;

4.      Formulate and defend intertextual arguments relating to two plays of Shakespeare;

5.      Interpret Shakespeare's contribution to the English language, and to the development of modern thought.

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ENG102 - 17th - 19th Century Literature in English

Outcomes:

1.      Identify connections between English texts and their social and political contexts;

2.      Review the signature literary texts of the English language across the 17th-19 Centuries;

3.      Discuss how ideas, perspectives, and values are represented in texts and how they are received by audiences;

4.      Recognise and differentiate texts, through the identification of the structural, conventional, and language and stylistic features used by authors;

5.      Select evidence to develop, support, and justify a critical interpretation of a text;

6.      Classify and interpret arguments relating to the structure of two key English literary texts.

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ENG201 - 20th - 21st Century English Literature

Outcomes:

1.      Identify connections between English texts and contexts;

2.      Review the signature literary texts of the English language across the 20th-21st Centuries;

3.      Analyse how ideas, perspectives, and values are represented in texts and how they are received by audiences;

4.      Analyse and compare texts, through the identification of the structural, conventional, and language and stylistic features used by authors;

5.      Examine evidence to develop, support, and justify a critical interpretation of a text;

6.      Compose and defend arguments relating to the technical composition of two key English literary texts and a significant historical / social movement. 

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ENG202 - Australian Literature and Identity

Outcomes:

1.      Analyse connections between Australian English texts and contexts;

2.      Review the signature Australian literary texts of the English language across the 20th-21st Centuries;

3.      Analyse how ideas, perspectives, and values are represented in Australian texts and how they are received by audiences;

4.      Analyse and compare texts, through the identification of the structural, conventional, and language and stylistic features used by authors;

5.      Examine evidence to develop, support, and justify a critical interpretation of a text;

6.      Examine and defend arguments relating to the technical composition of two key Australian literary texts;

7.      Justify how the two Australian literary texts significantly contribute  to the construction of National Identity.

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ENG301 - Literary Criticism and the History of Western Thought

Outcomes:

1.      Examine connections between English texts and philosophical contexts;

2.      Appraise the key philosophical movements that shape the experience of English language texts, from the Classical period  – Contemporary period;

3.      Analyse how ideas, perspectives, and values are represented in texts and how they are received by audiences, in particular schools of literary analysis;

4.      Explore the relationships between the experience of literary text and religious thinking;

5.      Assess evidence to develop, support, and justify a critical interpretation literary critical movement;

6.      Compose and defend arguments relating to the structure of two key English literary movements.

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EXP201 - Professional Practice

Description: Itching to connect the realm of the classroom with some real-life experience? Professional Practice is designed with just this aim in mind. Students will have the have the chance to engage academically with issues pertaining to their Major Specialisation (whether ministry or business) plus experience a hands-on placement. Working with an experienced supervisory mentor (no family members or close friends!), students will complete a 100 hour placement over the course of semester, with a variety of formats to choose from. For instance, do you have a heart for pastoral ministry? You could complete 8 hours a week at your local church, working with a department pastor. Or perhaps you have visions of becoming the next CEO of World Vision? A block placement at a Christian organisation, working with a field specialist, could be the kick start needed. Alternatively, have you been wanting to make a difference while experiencing cross cultural ministry overseas? Your 100 hours could be served with an overseas mentor in a concentrated three or so weeks of professional practice. The sky is the limit! Want to know more specifics? Go to 'Professional Practice' on moodle (login: Profexp1 ) Unit detail page >>

EXP301 - Advanced Professional Practice

Description: Advanced Professional Practice builds on Professional Practice. It provides a chance for students to continue the challenging but rewarding combination of academic reflection upon contemporary ministerial issues and hands-on experience. Like Professional Practice, you will work with an experienced supervisory mentor (no family members or close friends!), complete a 100 hour placement over the course of semester, with a variety of formats to choose from. Want to know more specifics? Go to 'Professional Practice' on moodle (login: Profexp1 ) Unit detail page >>

HIS101 - History of Christianity

Description: This subject is an introduction to the rich and inspiring heritage of Christian tradition, examined within social and cultural contexts.  It explores early church formation, the challenges of the medieval era, the repercussions of the renaissance and the reasons for the reformation.  Major revivals are analysed as well as the effectiveness of modern missionary movements.  The struggles and strengths of the 20th century are also revealed, as well as various issues facing the 21st century church.  By exploring such historical shifts in spirituality and society, students will gain understanding of both contingency and continuity in Christian history, in order to deepen their understanding of gospel ministry today. Unit detail page >>

HUM101 - The West and the Making of the Globalised World

Description: HUM101 is a general introductory course to the Modern History sub-discipline, aiming to provide an overview of major trends and interpretative approaches to the rise of ‘modernity’ from the 17th through to the 20th centuries. Unit detail page >>

LEA201 - Leadership Principles

Description: Why do we need leaders? What do they do? Are they born or made? This unit will help students to find answers to these questions in the light of contemporary leadership theory and a Christian worldview. We will explore theory on leadership skills, traits and behaviours and consider the important question of what makes a leader great or...what would make you a great leader. Unit detail page >>

LEA220 - Developing Women Leaders

Description: The church-at-large is still divided about the question whether women should lead. Despite the ongoing debate, many female leaders have made significant contributions to the church and to their communities. This unit explores the background of the debate as well as the journeys of these women leaders–some in the midst of controversy. How did they become leaders, what was their leadership style and how did they contribute to their context? Learning from the past we will then explore how to raise and develop women leaders for the future. Unit detail page >>

LEA301 - Advanced Leadership and Decision Making

Description: Organisations are groups of people working together for a purpose. Despite the pervasiveness of organisations in our modern society, effective group behaviour does not always come naturally. In fact, many goals are never achieved due to poor group dynamics rather than a lack of skills, vision or strategy.  This unit will help students to develop an understanding of how an organisation can encourage effective, efficient, social and ethical behaviour; how leadership styles, organisational structure and value systems influence behaviour and how ultimately the group dynamics impact the effectiveness of the organisation in its pursuit of its purpose. Unit detail page >>

LEA302 - Strategic Thinking and Planning

Description: A few years ago Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek church, confronted his church team with the question: “Are we making a difference?” Hybels leads a mega-church, has written multiple best-selling books and is a sought after speaker…yet he asks himself and his team this question: “Are we making a difference?” Hybels is a strategic thinker. Strategic thinkers constantly remind themselves and their team of the purpose of their organisation and ask in the light of this purpose: Where are we now (are we making a difference), where do we want to be and how are we going to get there? In ‘Strategic Thinking and Planning’ we unpack these questions and look at what the Bible as well as contemporary management texts offer to help us in our quest to turn our visions into reality and make a difference. Unit detail page >>

LEA303 - Strategic Challenges, Innovation and Change

Description: Just when organisations think they have found the formula for success, they start to fall behind. In today’s constantly changing environment standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards. This unit will address the need for change, the challenges of change and introduces students to theories and processes for innovation. This unit also looks at how innovative and entrepreneurial thinking can be used to expand God’s kingdom. Unit detail page >>

LEA311 - Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Description: This unit is a study of Creativity and Entrepreneurship, incorporating an introduction to Entrepreneurship theories and issues related to the development and formation of creative skills in leaders. Unit detail page >>

MAN101 - Introduction to Management

Description: Most people like a job that is motivating and rewarding; a job that allows them to make a meaningful contribution; a job that allows them to learn and grow and to earn a fair salary. Not many people know how to design such jobs. Certainly as Christians we should ask ourselves the question: How can we create jobs and work environments that treat people as ‘made in the image of God’? This unit introduces the student to the key skills of management which includes the design of jobs, recruiting the right person for the job, team training, structuring the organisation, and designing fair compensation schemes, in order to equip them to create better jobs and job environments. Unit detail page >>

MAN201 - Organisational Behaviour

Description: This unit explores the concept of organisational behaviour (OB) from its beginnings to the current day approach and behaviour of organisations in the Australian context. The course covers a number of operational and organisational dimensions including the history and evolution of OB. We then cover the constructs of leadership, teams, change, conflict, communication, culture, strategy and politics all within the working organisation environment. We will blend theory and commercial application to provide a rounded coverage of the course. Unit detail page >>

MAN311 - Strategic Management

Description: This unit aims to develop the student’s strategic management capability, focusing on the role of leaders as strategic thinkers and planners. On a quest to achieve their mission, organisations need to grab opportunities, avoid pitfalls, respond to changes in their environment, and stay on course. Good leaders do not only have a clear vision and set of values to guide them, they are also well aware of their current position - their starting point - of the challenges they are facing and of the competencies they will need to develop to achieve the mission. Strategy management will teach students how to lead teams and organisations to fulfil their mission. Unit detail page >>

MIN101 - Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

Description: In this introductory subject, students will explore a broad variety of topics that form the very basis of pastoral ministry. Primarily, students will consider contemporary pastoral models that connect academic reflection with the real world. Topics discussed will range from defining ministry, calling and ordination to conflict resolution, and being effective in caring for others. Students will also be provided with ample opportunity to engage creatively with these topics to make connections with their own contexts. Unit detail page >>

MIN102 - Christian Spirituality

Description: Ever wondered if there were other ways to express faith, apart from lifting your hands during worship? Would you like to deepen the spirituality of your local Christian community, but find yourself hesitating, uncertain of the appropriate boundaries? Students with these questions and more will find themselves challenged as they partake in this foundational unit, designed specifically to introduce charismatic and Pentecostal Christians to the broader history of Christian spiritual approaches. In doing so, students will have a chance to connect with their heritage and participate in a broad range of spiritual exercises practiced by the wider body of Christ throughout history. Unit detail page >>

MIN107 - Spiritual Formation 1: Personal Formation

Outcomes:

1.      Describe and demonstrate various expressions of Christian spirituality, both traditional and contemporary;

2.      Discuss various spiritual disciplines and how these have been, and can be, applicable to the student’s own spiritual formation and practice;

3.      Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the concept of self-awareness in the area of emotional health and spiritual wellbeing;

4.      Describe features of healthy and unhealthy spirituality that can be identified in self and others; and

5.      Demonstrate an understanding of spiritual and emotional intelligence as it pertains of spiritual maturity.

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MIN201 - Pastoral Administration and Management

Description: This course unit offers the student an introduction to the philosophy of church health and management. Unit detail page >>

MIN202 - Communicating the Christian Faith

Description: The ‘E’ word: Evangelism – is a concept that can equally incite ‘excitement’ and ‘excruciation’. In this unit, extroverts and introverts alike will find themselves engaging with the historical, biblical and theological roots for communicating the Gospel and gaining the skills (along with the empowering of the Spirit) to communicate effectively. In doing so, students will explore ways to engage with a world where the acceptance of the Christian story is counter-cultural, as well as ways to connect the good news of the kingdom to contemporary social concerns. Unit detail page >>

MIN203 - Preaching

Description: Have you ever wished that you could bottle the persuasiveness and power of your favourite preacher in order to supercharge your own sermons and see your congregation transformed? When it comes to sermons, the bridge between the first century text and twenty-first century context can often seem longer than 2000-odd years. If you want to discover what turns effective preaching into life-changing preaching, and bring revelation to postmodern people that struggle with the Christian story, then look no further. Get ready to be equipped with the rhetorical tools in this unit to craft a message so powerful that it will be impossible for your audience to leave the pews unchanged. Unit detail page >>

MIN204 - Healing Ministry

Description: Why don’t people always get healed when we pray for them? What is our responsibility in partnering with God for healing? What does it even mean to be well? What does it mean to be sick? Students undertaking this unit will have the opportunity to investigate the various perspectives on healing throughout the life of the church. Some of the big questions surrounding the ‘why’ of sickness, suffering, and death will also be grappled with. Further, practical skills will be discussed to care for people at these inevitable times of sickness, grief and death. Unit detail page >>

MIN205 - Church and Society

Description: Why do we act the way we act? Why do we gather in certain social groups and not others? Have you ever wondered how our faith connects with society? Sociologists are those who study human social behaviour and propose these questions. Students undertaking this unit will be introduced to the field of sociology with the aim to explore the trends and megatrends that have formed the Christian community and its practice. Unit detail page >>

MIN206 - Pentecostal Ministry Foundations

Description: This unit explores the foundations of the Pentecostal movement. The unit begins with a brief overview of Pentecostal History and the Biblical foundations of Pentecostalism. The Theological Distinctives within Pentecostal Movements, Pentecostal Praxis, Pentecostal Leadership, and Evangelism, Church Growth and Community Engagement from a Pentecostal Perspective, will also be examined. Students will also be given ample opportunity to engage creatively with these topics to make connections with their own contexts. Unit detail page >>

MIN207 - Spiritual Formation 2: Developing self and others

Outcomes:

1.      Analyse and apply appropriate self-management and communication skills within a range of relational settings, including personal and ministry contexts;

2.      Demonstrate a solid knowledge of the theological and biblical foundation for conflict resolution;

3.      Analyse and apply key concepts of discipleship to Christian life and ministry;

4.      Identify and develop potential Christian leaders according to gifts and skills; and

5.      Examine the role of spiritual disciplines in a mentoring relationship.

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MIN220 - Youth Ministry

Description: Generation Y? Why? Effective ministry must always be grounded in love and understanding. The objective of this unit is to explore ways to build a deep and compassionate understanding of young people; their needs, pressures and concerns. To do so, we must understand the context in which they grow up and the social norms that surround and form them. If you have a heart to minister more effectively to the next generation, this unique course will empower you to engage and make a dramatic difference with Gen Y and beyond. Unit detail page >>

MIN221 - Children's Ministry

Description: The Introduction to Children Ministry unit will encourage you to be like Horton. Our purpose is to protect, train and release our little people. We will be looking at the why, the what and the how for children’s ministry. Unit detail page >>

MIN225 - Childhood and Adolescent Development

Description: Are you brave enough to explore the complex and often moody workings of the teenage psyche? Or the developmental stages of childhood?  If so, this is the unit for you! In this unit, students will engage with the forefront theories of childhood and adolescent development in relation to ministry – perfect for the frazzled parent, youth or children's pastor! Unit detail page >>

MIN230 - Women and Christian Ministry

Description: Helen Reddy made headlines when her feminist anthem hit #1 on the Billboard Charts in 1972. Do you want to have the same empowering impact for women in your ministry context? This unit seeks to explore the place of women in Australasian society, both past and present, inside and outside of the church. Particularly it will examine what is the place of women in ministry by drawing on key examples, to provide tools for women (and their supporters) to be released and successful in their ministry today. Unit detail page >>

MIN302 - Discipleship

Description: This course unit offers the student an introduction to the philosophy of church health and management. Unit detail page >>

MIN304 - Church Planting

Description: If you had the opportunity to plant a brand new church, what would it look like? What are the personnel and resources required? How does a new church meet the needs of its community? What characteristics and personal stamina are required? Students undertaking this unit will explore the essential need for new churches. It will assist students to develop a church-planting toolkit, by standing on the shoulders of key church planting practitioners, proven principles in the academic literature on entrepreneurship as well as wider historical-biblical-theological foundations of why we should plant churches. Unit detail page >>

MIN305 - Relationships

Description: How do I develop strong relationships, whether friendships, marriage or family? Should I get married or remain single? How do I deal with the changing dynamics of family and relationships through the life stages? If ever a unit was needed to clarify the confusion found in the ‘relationships’ section of the local Christian bookstore, this is it. Whether young, old, single, betrothed, married or unspecified, all are invited to come and explore the inner workings of relationships, marriage and the family, as it has unfolded throughout history and wider society. Specifically this unit aims to develop skills to strengthen your relationships and assist those you minister to in everyday life. Unit detail page >>

MIN307 - Spiritual Formation 3: Developing Collaborative Relationships

Outcomes:

1.      Establish and assess practices of accountability and transparency in the exercise of self-care;

2.      Evaluate key theories of personality, personality differences and the ways in which these affect team relationships;

3.      Assess key principles and practices for the promotion of spiritual growth in a team;

4.      Demonstrate awareness and critical reflection of own evolving spirituality and leadership development; and

5.      Apply self-awareness as it applies to their own personal maturity exercised in their ministry context.

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MIN326 - Advanced Children's and Youth Ministry

Description:  Do you want to expand your toolbox in ministering to children and youth? Well, you’re in good stead! This unit will deepen your knowledge and skill base to specifically explore issues related to building viable communities of young people, which acknowledges and addresses relevant developmental stages. Further, it seeks to affirm the role and contribution of  young people, plus children and youth workers within the local church and beyond. Unit detail page >>

MUS230 - Music Performance

Description: This subject is highly practical, involving constructive peer feedback and weekly in-class concerts.  Students will perform solo and in ensembles, across a wide range of genres.  Focus will also be given to key performance techniques including audience perception, performance stress, and holistic preparation. Unit detail page >>

MUS307 - Music and Technology

Description: Technology and music symbiotically impact one another.  Advances in one create or force advances in the other.   This subject spans both music for High School students and music in worship contexts to explore its intersections with technology.  Some of the technology explored includes PA systems, powered instruments, DAWs, aural training software, computer-aided notation software, audio and video recording software and related hardware Unit detail page >>

MUS335 - Music Ensembles

Description: This subject follows on from MUS230 Music Performance, and again involves constructive peer feedback and weekly in-class concerts.  However, the focus of this subject is playing music in groups.  As such, students will engage in a variety of ensemble types, across a wide range of genres.  Students will also gain experience in leading ensembles, whether as lead instrument, music director, or conductor. Unit detail page >>

MUS340 - Composition and Songwriting

Description: To create is to be human. This subject equips students with an understanding of compositional techniques so they can create their own original music. First, the building blocks of music are explained and explored, including pitch, rhythm, tone colour, texture, and structure.  Then these individual elements are combined and manipulated to express musical ideas in a variety of genres. Unit detail page >>

RES101 - Introduction to Academic Writing and Research

Description: New to higher education studies & it all seems too hard? Worried about writing essay papers? Or where to begin researching? Or you feel confident in writing, but want to learn the skills of evaluating the masses of information we are bombarded with? This unit is for you! It will give you the tools of how to succeed in your undergraduate academic studies. It will examine how you learn, plus challenge you to think deeper, wider and more creatively. It will also encourage you in how to critically evaluate and reflect on information. Plus develop your skills in how to put it all together in an essay paper or oral presentation. Unit detail page >>

SOC201 - Theology of Social Justice

Description: 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. Unit detail page >>

SOC202 - Global Poverty

Description: Poverty is more than living on less than a dollar a day. Why does the national health and prosperity of some nations continue to decline whilst neighbouring countries grow? Why does the gap between the rich and the poor countries continue to widen?  This unit examines the concept of globalization and the nature and causes of global poverty. The unit involves practical exercises that invite students to reflect on what it means to live in poverty, and explores real world strategies for empowering the poor. Unit detail page >>

THE303 - Public Theology and Political Engagement

Description: This subject addresses three related areas and associated questions: 1) Public theology: what is it, what does it seek to do, and how can theology speak to issues of society and the common good beyond the walls of the church? 2) Political theology: what particular issues concern political theology, and what has the Christian faith said about governing and ordering life together in God’s world (for example on the question of the relation of Church and State, law, justice, etc.)? 3) Political engagement: what are the political systems and structures which do govern us? And on the basis of public and political theology, how might Christians engage practically and effectively in the contemporary political arena? What might be said about and to contemporary political concerns, in faithfulness to Christ?  Unit detail page >>

THE101 - Christian Worldview

Description: Do you have questions about God that you have been unable to answer?  Do you sometimes wonder whether Christian beliefs about things like the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus make any sense?  This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore those beliefs that are foundational to Christianity.  It argues that what we believe about God (our theology) has a practical impact upon our life and ethics and, therefore, provides an overview of Christian faith, and reflects on the ways in which this faith informs our everyday life and calling. The topics addressed range from the doctrine of God, creation and sin, to discussion on the person and work of Christ, and the nature of the coming kingdom of God. Unit detail page >>

THE201 - Christian Ethics

Description: In an era of moral relativism, Christians should stand out as moral beacons.  In fact, however, it is increasingly the case that Church is seen not as a community of love but, rather, as a legalistic, dogmatic, mean-spirited and hypocritical institution.  This unit helps students to think through how they go about making ethical decisions.  It argues against legalism, and sets up a theological method of approaching ethics that prioritises grace and the power of the Spirit. It also facilitates guided reflection on personal morality and societal ethical issues. Unit detail page >>

THE202 - Christ and Salvation

Description: Is it an oxymoron (contradiction) to claim that Jesus is both human and divine?  How do we make sense of Jesus’ death on the cross?  Is the resurrection something that can be believed in this modern scientific era?  These are the sort of questions addressed in this unit, which intends to provide students with the opportunity to explore central elements of Christian faith.  It explores what has traditionally been labelled the “person” and “work” of Jesus, i.e. who is he and what did he do for us?  In answering these questions, students are encouraged to reflect on both the ancient traditions of the bible and early church and, further, to discuss the significance of Jesus Christ for contemporary Christian life and thought. Unit detail page >>

THE221 - Theology of Social Justice

Description: 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. Unit detail page >>

THE307 - Theology and Film

Outcomes:

1.      Demonstrate an ability to evaluate contemporary film from a theological perspective;

2.      Reflectively critique the spiritual dimension of films and describe how film impacts us;

3.      Contrast different portrayals of Christ plus theological themes embedded in films;

4.      Examine and reflect upon theological motifs inherent in contemporary films; and

5.      Discern and describe points of contact in contemporary film for communicating the faith to a post-modern generation.

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THE311 - Ecclesiology

Description: Ecclesiology is the study of the church. Contemporary churches are often focused on "doing church", but this unit reflects critically on the nature and mission of the church. It puts in place biblical and theological foundations for understanding the church, and then reflects theologically upon contemporary developments. These include discussion of Church leadership structures and contemporary trends, such as the so-called emerging church and multi-centred mega-churches. It also considers the relationship between Church Mission and evangelistic and social work activities, as well as engaging with the contemporary ecumenical movement. Unit detail page >>

WOR101 - Introduction to Worship Ministry

Description: “Worship Ministry”, a phrase that doesn’t show up in Scripture, yet most Christians would have a context for it and their personal understanding of what it means and what it involves.  For some, it might be the role of the musicians and singers at the start of a Sunday service.  For some, it might be anything musical related to church.  For some, it would represent the involvement in anything that happens during a church gathering.  For some, they would consider all of Christendom to be in Worship Ministry whether gathered together, or living their own lives.  So... with such a diversity of views, where do we start?  RIGHT HERE!  With the introduction to Worship Ministry.  We’ll look at its origins, its expressions, its relationship to music and the Arts, its role within the individual Christian’s life and the wider body of Christ.  We’ll explore the theology as well as the contemporary practicalities of “Worship Ministry”. Unit detail page >>

WOR130 - Independent Study in Specific Creative Arts 1

Description: Everyone has their area of passion and preference.  This unit is all about you being able to pursue your musical or artistic passion.  Dance, Drama, Lighting, Multimedia, Sound, Instrument, Voice, Recording, whatever it is, this unit can adapt to help you set and acheive your goals.  Learn new knowledge and skills.  Master your craft.  Challenge your capacity.  Grow as an artist. Unit detail page >>

WOR205 - Worship, Arts and Church History

Description: The Christian church has had a fascinating link to the Creative Arts throughout history.  On occasion it has been the Arts greatest promoter and supporter.  At other times it has been the greatest stifler and constrainer of the Arts.  As human beings our tendency is to make vessels sacred the moment they appear to be used by God.  A worship style, an architectural style, an instrument, a liturgy, an artistic approach can all be tools that help people make a meaningful connection with God.  Yet, these very things can be traps into religious ritualism, nostalgia or even idolatry!  So, what can we learn from the long legacy of the Arts and the church? Unit detail page >>

WOR215 - Worship in Comparative Religious Contexts

Description: As compelling, engaging and consuming as our local church world is... we don't live in a bubble!  All humans worship.  What does that worship look like for other religions?  What impact does that have on the way we worship?  This unit explores these questions and many more, from our judeo-christian heritage to the comparative worship of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other world religions.  These insights will both challenge the students' preconceptions as well as inspire a critical look at the way in which we worship as Christians. Unit detail page >>

WOR220 - Lyrics and Theology

Description: Words we sing are extraordinarily powerful.  They become our confession.  Music reinforces and empowers those words.  They stick in our head, which means they become our meditation.  Many authors have had things to say about the lyrics of songs sung in church, but the arguments are particularly partisan and heated in our present day.  Contemporary congregational songs, with their popular musical influences are a hot topic.  Are their lyrics inferior to traditional hymns?  How should we approach their analysis and assessment?  What would Jesus sing? Unit detail page >>

WOR301 - Practicum in Worship Ministry

Description: On the job training... there's nothing like it!  This practicum is not just about free help to your church's worship team; it is about encountering the on-the-ground issues that daily arise in building, managing and leading a worship team.  Not only will you actively engage with the worship ministry, you will analyse and assess its strengths and weaknesses and contribute to the improvement of the department.  What you learn here, will put everything else in context and give you the invaluable practical experiences to set you up for pursuing your call. Unit detail page >>

WOR310 - Worship in Contemporary Context

Description: The unique nature and prominance of contemporary worship music in today's churches (especially Pentecostal/Charismatic denominations) is worthy of study.  It is a phenomenon that has accompanied the emergence of megachurches, created a substantial sub-genre of the popular music industry, crossed cultural and language barriers, as well as impacting the global Christian church.  It is certainly necessary to understand what is going on, but equally important, to assess its theological, historical, sociological, ecclesial and musical implications. Unit detail page >>

XXX199 - Introduction to...

Outcomes:

1.      Summarise the key foundational issues in the specialist area.

2.      Express an understanding of the literature of the specialist area

3.      Review the contemporary relevance of the specialist area

4.      Illustrate the significance of the issues in the specialist area

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XXX369 - Field Study

Description: This unit features an onsite field study program Unit detail page >>

XXX390 - Independent Guided Study

Description: This course unit enables students with initiative and creativity to pursue ideas and areas of interest in the subject area. It affords the student an opportunity to develop independent research and study skills. Unit detail page >>

XXX391 - Research Project

Description: This course unit enables a bachelor level student to research in greater depth a particular topic relating to material in the subject area. Unit detail page >>

XXX392 - Advanced Seminar

Description: This course subject enables students to engage in reflection and research relating to a particular topic, chosen from the various disciplines undergraduate awards. Unit detail page >>