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Units (Subjects)

See below for the individual units (subjects) currently available. Please go to Courses for information on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. We encourage you to contact our registrars to start a conversation about what units might best suit your needs.

Note: Due to COVID-19, Semester 1 2021 units will be available in one of the following modes:

  • On-Campus: units in this mode are delivered face-to-face in the classroom only, with a limit on numbers.
  • Off-Campus: units in this mode are delivered live online only, that is, a mix of online lectures, videos, activities and interaction with lecturers and fellow students.
  • Hybrid: units in this mode are delivered both on-campus (limited face-to-face numbers) and off-campus (live online) concurrently.

AQF levels (Australian Qualifications Framework) specify the standards for educational qualifications:
AQF 5 = Foundational undergraduate level
AQF 6 = Advanced undergraduate level
AQF 7 = Advanced undergraduate level + Foundational postgraduate level
AQF 8 = Advanced postgraduate level
AQF 9 = Advanced postgraduate level
AQF 10 = Doctorate postgraduate level
Here's a helpful chart with more AQF levels information

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Daytime Units

Christianity in History to 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Monday Daytime Unit

CH001-512/712

Who we are is very much a product of our personal history and experiences. The same can be said of families, people groups, even whole countries. As Christians, we have a shared collective history of thought and experiences that make up who the church is today. Christian History not only helps us to understand ourselves, but it also reminds us how God has sovereignly worked throughout the centuries...

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The Fourth Gospel (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Corequisite: NT001 or NT003

SEMESTER 1 2021
Monday Daytime Unit

NT016-612/712/812

Ever wish you'd been there with Jesus, listening to him in action and even eavesdropping on his conversation with his Father? John was there and left us his eyewitness record. The Gospel of John is unique: simple and accessible, but also complex and profound. Its purpose, according to John, is ‘that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name’ (John 20:31)...

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The Fourth Gospel (Greek)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Prerequisite: LA006, Corequisite: NT001 or NT003

SEMESTER 1 2021
Monday Daytime Unit

NT017-612/712/812

Ever wish you'd been there with Jesus, listening to him in action and even eavesdropping on his conversation with his Father? John was there and left us his eyewitness record. The Gospel of John is unique: simple and accessible, but also complex and profound. Its purpose, according to John, is ‘that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name’ (John 20:31)...

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New Testament Greek A (Class 1)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Monday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA005-612

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text. There are fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's word. In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written...

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New Testament Greek A (Class 2)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Monday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA005-612

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text. There are fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's word. In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written...

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Ethics

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Tuesday Daytime Unit

CT04

Sex, guns and babies – what is Christian ethics in a postmodern, post-Christian, culturally relativist, morally subjectivist world where "everything is OK as long as you are true to yourself". Can you give a Christian viewpoint on the mini-Pill, euthanasia, IVF, divorce and remarriage, same-sex attraction, war, gambling, or which political party to vote for? Can you explain what makes something right or wrong?..

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Wisdom Literature (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Tuesday Daytime Unit

OT016-612/712/812

There's something intriguing and appealing about books like Job, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. But then they disorient us. The book of Job is sad, Ecclesiastes is sceptical and Proverbs is self-interested. And they don't seem to be about the gospel...

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Wisdom Literature (Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 off-campus or on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Tuesday Daytime Unit

OT017-612/712/812

There's something intriguing and appealing about books like Job, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. But then they disorient us. The book of Job is sad, Ecclesiastes is sceptical and Proverbs is self-interested. And they don't seem to be about the gospel...

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Foundational Christian Beliefs

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Tuesday Daytime Unit

TH005-512/712

‘Everyone is a theologian...they just don't know it!’ If that's so, then the real question is whether you're doing good or bad theology. Theology absolutely matters. That's because what lies at the heart of life, love and the universe is the reality of the Triune God and his plan to create, redeem and perfect the world he has made for his glory...

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Critical Thinking

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Wednesday Daytime Unit

CT05

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The Church and its Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Wednesday Daytime Unit

TH104-612/712/812

For Christians, church is a central part of life. But what, according to the Bible, is the church? What is it we are seeking to do when we gather? What is the church’s nature and essential marks?..

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Pastoral Theology

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Wednesday Daytime Unit

CT02A

Pastoral Theology seeks to provide students with an overview of the structure and content of Christian theology. In doing so, the focus of the subject is upon the personal impact of the knowledge of God upon the student's mind, heart and life...

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Applied Evangelism

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EMO25 -612/712/812 + EM205-912

Jesus commissioned his disciples to ‘go and make disciples’ (Mt 28:19); Peter exhorted, ‘Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have’ (1 Pt 3:15); and Paul lamented, ‘How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?’ (Rm 10:14). As Christians, we have a commission, exhortation and passion to evangelise, but do you ever get the feeling that our culture has changed, and methods of evangelism which once worked very well last century, no longer seem as effective?..

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Biblical Hebrew A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

LA003-612

This unit is the first step in building a solid framework for engaging with Biblical Hebrew texts in their original language. By completing both Biblical Hebrew A and B (Semester 2), students will be in a position to work directly with the Hebrew scriptures, and to continue translation and exegesis of Old Testament texts. After these units, students will be able to take Old Testament exegesis units in the Hebrew stream...

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Mission Perspectives

SMBC Internal Unit SMBC Certificate hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

CM07

God has a global mission! And that means that we, as God’s people, also have a mission. But to know how we fit in, we need to understand what God has done, is doing and will do...

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Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministries

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

PC008-612/712/812

Competence and charisma often outstrip character in Christian leaders. However, what God primarily requires of Christian leaders in Scripture is character. That’s because leadership in God’s church is to be exercised by those who are first and foremost, followers of Jesus Christ. We can only serve as leaders if we are disciples of THE leader, Jesus Christ.

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Pentateuch (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

OT008-612/712/812

The Pentateuch is the foundation of all biblical revelation, and indeed, of the entire biblical worldview. How was this part of Scripture designed to impact the lives of ancient Israelites? And how does knowing this help us discern God’s enduring message for today?..

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Pentateuch (Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

OT009-612/712/812

The Pentateuch is the foundation of all biblical revelation, and indeed, of the entire biblical worldview. How was this part of Scripture designed to impact the lives of ancient Israelites? And how does knowing this help us discern God’s enduring message for today?..

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Spiritual Formation for Cross-Cultural Settings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Thursday Daytime Unit

​EM017-612/712/812

Cross-cultural ministry can shape us to be more like our Lord Jesus. Unfortunately, it can also be a difficult and discouraging journey. This is often due to the extra challenges of living and serving away from our normal supports of family, friends and church; being out of our comfort zone in unfamiliar cultures where we struggle as linguistic toddlers; and confronting entrenched spiritual forces that are dogged in opposing the discipling of the nations...

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The Knowledge of God

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Friday Daytime Unit

​TH001-612/721/812

Can we know God? And if so, then how? Who wrote the Bible? Is it a divine book? Or a human book? How reliable and trustworthy is the Bible? Can we rely on it to tell us the truth about all things, or just some things? Does God foreknow the future? All of it, or just some of it? If everything happens according to God's will, why is there still suffering and evil in the world? What exactly does it mean to be created in God's image?..

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Jesus and the Gospels

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2021
Friday Daytime Unit

​NT001-512

Being a Christian involves ‘following’ the Lord Jesus, not around Galilee and Judea, but in the course of our daily lives. The four Gospels provide four different records of what Jesus said and did. They are the foundation for knowing and understanding what he has done for us, as well as what he said about God and his will. If we really want to ‘follow’ Jesus, if we really want to be salt and light in our world, then the Gospels need to be our regular reading matter.

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