Units (Subjects)

Contextualisation of Theology and Ministry Practice

AQF: 9 online

Postgraduate Unit


This unit will enable participants to understand the principles of contextualisation in order to construct a framework for approaching contextualisation in any specific cultural context. It will help participants to develop contextualised ways to communicate the gospel in their context as well as contribute to the development of the church.

The assessments in this unit are highly interactive, requiring students to compare their own experiences in a cross-cultural ministry context with missiological case studies. The final assessment for this unit incorporates doing a contextualisation process with people from another culture and reflecting on that experience. This means that for this unit, it is essential for participants to be in a ministry context where there is significant engagement with people from another culture and to be able to communicate well with local people.

Lecturer: Dr Ed Grudier
AQF level: 9
Lecture Mode: online
Available: see Schedule of MICS Unit Offerings 
Credit Points and Costs: 
AEM052-912 = 36hrs - Audit (no assessments)
EM052-912 = 12cp (1 unit) - MICS and other masters level courses
Cost: see Study Costs
Note: This is a core unit of the SMBC Master of Intercultural Studies (MICS) course run by the SMBC Centre for Cross-Cultural Mission. You can study either the whole MICS course or just single MICS units of study towards another ACT course. You can enrol in a single unit for credit or audit, even if you do not meet the requirements to enrol for the whole MICS course. Please note the ACT Coursework Course Enrolment Policy

Check availability of this unit on the Schedule of Master of Intercultural Studies Unit Offerings. For more detailed information on this unit see the ACT overview

If you are interested in this unit, please contact us to check if it will suit your study needs

Postgraduate online learning at SMBC

At SMBC we believe in Christian community and the importance of learning from each other. Our approach to online teaching and learning is highly interactive. There are a range of different interactive activities including collaborative reading, discussion, peer feedback, creative presentations and the use of a number of different interactive apps. Lecturers present material through written or audio-visual presentations that can be read or watched at times that are convenient for each participant. There are no set weekly times for meeting. Lecturers may occasionally arrange a video conference at a time that suits most participants.

One of the most important things for successful online study is to set aside dedicated time each week and to be disciplined in keeping up-to-date. We advise setting aside approximately 5 hours per week for reading and 3 hours each week to work through the activities online. Extra time should also be set aside for each assessment, budgeting approximately 12 hours for each 1000 words.

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