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 course.


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

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Intensive Units

Christian Ethics

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 13 - 17 January 2020
PE001-512i/712i

What does it mean to live a life worthy of the gospel? How can we discern what is ‘right’ and ‘good’ – and how should we seek to apply that understanding in our post-Christian world? The aim of this unit is to apply the Bible to develop a coherent theological framework for how we should think and act, live and love, do and desire as disciples of Christ...

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Knowledge of God

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 Prerequisites: 2 x OT/NT foundational units + 1 x CH unit

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 13 - 18 January 2020
TH001-612i/712i/812i

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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Identity and Idolatry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 Prerequisites: not less than 2 x biblical foundational units

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 20 - 24 January 2020
TH204-812i/912i

What does it mean to be created in God’s image, and the effect of that on our distinctive human identity and vocation? Do the constructs of human identity and human nature differ, and how do they inform a biblical anthropology? This unit explores human identity from the perspective of Genesis 1-3, and the unfolding biblical narrative. But alongside the unfolding of our identity lurks the inverted narrative of human idolatry: the disruption of the image of God – from creation to the golden calf idolatry of Exodus, through to redemption in Christ as perfect image...

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Chaplaincy in Educational Settings

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

SEMI-INTENSIVE
Lecture evenings: Mondays 9, 16, 23 March;  4, 11, 18 May 2020
Lecture days: Tuesday 21 - Thursday 23 April 2020
DM014-612i/712i/812i

Chaplains have played a significant role for many years in sharing and modelling the Christian faith in places of education in this country. With much recent media discussion about the role of chaplaincy, this unit will give you the opportunity to explore the practice and theology of chaplaincy...

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Empowering Leadership

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 Prerequisites: not less than 2 x biblical foundational units + demonstrable experience in ministry and/or leadership

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 2 - 6 March 2020

PC070-812i/912i + PC205-912i(Capstone)

All churches and Christian organisations are at the same moment human entities which need to be well organised and wisely led, and spiritual entities which need to be guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit as they serve the Lord Jesus. This means they need both the best of leadership and management practice, and also the unique insights into leadership which come from Scripture and the mission of God’s kingdom...

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Christianity in History to 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 20 - 24 April 2020
CH001-512i/712i

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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Understanding and Applying Wisdom Literature (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 7/8/9 Prerequisite: Old Testament Prophets and Writings

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 20 - 24 April 2020
OT037-712i/812i/912i

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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The Bible in Context - Israel and Greece

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/7/8

This unit includes the SMBC 2020 Study Tour of Israel and Greece on 29 June - 18 July, 2020.

Join us as we visit some of the key archaeological sites relating to important events recorded in the Bible. Come to Caesarea on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea where Gentiles heard the good news from Peter, travel to Galilee to the Mount of Beatitudes and sail from Tiberius to Capernaum, enter Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives and explore the Garden of Gethsemane. Fly to Phillipi where the gospel first came to Europe and then enjoy the sights of Thessaloniki, Athens, and Corinth...

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Synoptic Gospels (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 Prerequisite: Jesus and the Gospels

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 13 - 17 July 2020
NT008-612i/712i/812i

Luke was a doctor, a theologian, a careful historian and a follower of Jesus – the evangelist who recorded Jesus’ momentous words to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation has come to this house.” This unit studies the Gospel of Luke in its context as one of the three Synoptic Gospels, considering the question of what kind of writing the Gospels actually are...

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Christian Mentoring

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9

INTENSIVE
Workshops: 13-16 July, 11 September, 20 October 2020
PC020-812i/912i

We live in an era when Christian leadership is intensely challenging. It is more important than ever for leaders to find competent support for effective ministry and personal development. Christian Mentoring is an intentional 1 to 1 ministry that helps good leaders flourish as thoughtful and secure Christian disciples in the midst of the challenges of ministry and life...

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Interpreting Samuel for Today

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 7/8/9 Prerequisites: 2 x OT foundational units

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 10 - 14 August 2020

OT042-712i/812i/912i  + OT205-912i (Capstone)

1 & 2 Samuel are often seen as the most literarily sophisticated books of the Bible. Gripping stories of Samuel, Saul and David combine to describe the dawn of Israel's monarchy. The central character of these stories, however, is God himself. And the goal of recounting Israel's history is made subordinate to the goal of presenting life-changing theology. Ultimately, God's choice of David as king becomes essential background for understanding Jesus as the messiah king...

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Interpreting and Applying Thessalonians

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 7/8/9 Prerequisites: 2 x NT foundational units

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 7 - 11 September 2020

NT038-712i/812i/912i + NT205-912i(Capstone)

1 & 2 Thessalonians are the somewhat forgotten books of the New Testament. While many are familiar with Paul's letters written to the Romans, Galatians and the church at Corinth, the letters of 1 & 2 Thessalonians are often less familiar. When we examine these shorter letters, however, we quickly discover they are filled with deep truth that is both encouraging and practical...

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Christianity in History from 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/7

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: 28 September - 3 October 2020
CH002-512i/712i

We can only properly make sense of our present if we understand our past. Our numerous Protestant denominations only make sense if we understand the Reformation of the 16th Century. Whether we identify ourselves as modern or post-modern, we are indebted to the Enlightenment of the 18th Century. Our ability to understand the American Presidential race depends in part on how we well we have grasped the rise of fundamentalism in the 19th Century...

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