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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.
Units are available in the following modes:
- On-Campus: units in this mode are delivered face-to-face in the classroom only.
- Off-Campus: units in this mode are delivered live online only.
- Hybrid: units in this mode are delivered both on-campus and off-campus concurrently.
Lecture Week: Monday 10 - Friday 14 May 2021
Christians have responded to Jesus' parables in a variety of ways since he first spoke them. Today they continue to delight and intrigue and confront. In this unit we’ll discuss the role of parables in the context of Jesus' ministry, as well as their function in the Gospels. We’ll also look at the history of the study of the parables, especially in modern times (1800-2020), looking at both the longer story parables as well as shorter more enigmatic sayings...
Lecture Week: Monday 5 - Friday 9 July 2021
The human experience of disability keeps turning up on the pages of the Bible and raises questions about the core concerns of theology. What are God’s purposes? What does it mean to be human? How do faith and cognition connect? Who belongs at my church? What answers are on offer in Christianity and other systems of belief?..
Lecture Week: Monday 5 – Saturday 10 July 2021
EM014-612i/712i/812i + EM205-912i (Capstone)
Are you teaching, training, or discipling anyone from a different cultural background than your own? Or do you think you might be in the next few years? If so, this unit is designed to equip you to do this well. We will explore biblical concepts, principles, and examples of teaching and learning, engage with key adult education theorists and practitioners from both western and non-western contexts, and examine case studies of cross-cultural teaching and learning...
Lecture Week: Monday 9 - Friday 13 August 2021
Ruth and Esther make exciting Sunday School stories, but if we scratch a bit deeper we’ll find some thorny interpretive issues. Did Ruth the Moabite truly find belonging among the people of God? To what extent was Naomi’s sense of loss mingled with feelings of shame and guilt? Despite their circumstances, did Ruth and Esther go beyond acceptable sexual boundaries? Was ethnic intermarriage acceptable in the Old Testament? Should we view Esther’s actions against her enemies as ‘revenge’? Was it right for Esther and Mordecai to hide their identity as God’s people? Does God still act in narratives where he is barely mentioned (Ruth) or not mentioned at all (Esther)?..
Lecture Week: Monday 20 - Friday 24 September 2021
Christian ministry is hard work and stressful at the best of times, even when it is a joy and blessing. Following in the way of Jesus necessarily involves suffering and sacrifice. Caring for God’s people is demanding and costly. Unresolved conflict can demotivate us. Criticisms can hurt. The challenge is to keep holy, healthy and maturing in the midst of the ups and downs of Christian ministry. A vibrant spiritual relationship with the living God is vital. We are to attend to our physical, emotional and mental health. Loving relationships with family and friends are crucial aspects of our being and well-being...
Lecture Week: Monday 20 – Saturday 25 September 2021
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...