Units (Subjects)

The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnographic Research Methods

AQF: 8/9, online

Postgraduate Unit


This unit will provide participants with an understanding of anthropological concepts and insights as tools for contemporary ministry, especially cross-cultural ministry. In light of this understanding, it will enable participants to exegete the cultural context in which they are serving.

Participants in this unit will be assessed on their engagement with relevant literature as well as by doing a small ethnographic research project in an intercultural context.

Lecturer: Jonathan James
AQF level: 8/9
Lecture Mode: online
Prerequisite: 48 level 8 credit points
Start Date: Monday 15 July 2024
End Date: Monday 25 November 2024
Credit Points: 
AEM033-912 = 36hrs - Audit (no assessments)
EM033-812 = 12cp (1 unit) - MICS and other masters level courses
EM033-912 = 12cp (1 unit) - MICS and other masters level courses
Tuition Fees:
Audit = $445
AQF unit levels 8-9 (12 credit points) = $2,976 (Overseas student = $3,426)
For further details see Costs

Note: This unit is part 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

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*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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