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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.

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.

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Christian Mentoring: Foundations and Dynamics

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8, on-campus

INTENSIVE
Workshops: 12–14 January, 8 April, 27 May, 12-14 July, 16 September, 28 October 2022

PC043-824i

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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The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology

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

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 17 – Friday 21 January 2022​
TH103-612i/712i/812i + TH205-912i (Capstone) + TH206-912i (Specialised Studies)

There is no more important question in life than, “What must I do to be saved?” The doctrines of grace are concerned with God’s plan of salvation from election through to glorification, through which he brings about his eternal purposes for his creation, and in particular, for those he has chosen by grace to be his people. They also describe how the finished work of Jesus Christ is applied by the regenerating and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit to the believer, who by virtue of their union with Christ, is justified, adopted and perfected to share in his glory...

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Christian Ethics

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/8, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 17 – Friday 21 January 2022

PE001-512i/812i

What does it mean to live a life worthy of the gospel? How can we properly discern what is ‘right’ and ‘good’ in our post-Christian world? How are we to apply our understanding of God’s will to the complex ethical questions facing Christians today?..

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Jesus and the Gospels

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2022
Monday Daytime Unit

​NT001-512/612/812

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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The Church and its Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9 hybrid, Corequisites: 6cps TH/CH/PE + 24cps OT/NT/BB

SEMESTER 1 2022
Monday Daytime Unit

TH104-612/712/812 + TH205-912(Capstone) + TH206-912(Specialised Studies)

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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New Testament Greek A

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

SEMESTER 1 2022
Monday + Thursday Daytime Unit

LA005-612/812

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text, providing fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's Word, and enhance the faithfulness of your teaching and preaching...

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The Early New Testament Church

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2022
Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

NT002-512/612/812

The church is far from perfect; whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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New Testament Greek A

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/8, off-campus

SEMESTER 1 2022
Monday Evening Unit

LA005-612/812

Learning to read the New Testament in its original language opens up a richness of understanding of the text, providing fresh insights and nuances that can deepen your love of God's Word, and enhance the faithfulness of your teaching and preaching...

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Chaplaincy in Educational Settings

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

SEMESTER 1 2022
Monday Evening Unit

DE014-612/712/812

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 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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Pauline Theology and Romans (English)

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

SEMESTER 1 2022
Tuesday Daytime Unit

NT018-612/712/812 + NT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

The apostle Paul was one of the most zealous evangelists and clearest thinkers in the early church. What we know about him comes from the Acts of the Apostles and from the letters that make up a large part of our New Testament. Our world is fast becoming as pagan as it was in Paul’s time. With individual Christians and churches exhibiting many of the problems that he addressed, his letters are of crucial importance to the modern church. They enable us to respond to those issues in a godly and courageous way, and remain faithful to Christ and his gospel in our own age...

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Pauline Theology and Romans (Greek)

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

SEMESTER 1 2022
Tuesday Daytime Unit

NT019-612/712/812 + NT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

The apostle Paul was one of the most zealous evangelists and clearest thinkers in the early church. What we know about him comes from the Acts of the Apostles and from the letters that make up a large part of our New Testament. Our world is fast becoming as pagan as it was in Paul’s time. With individual Christians and churches exhibiting many of the problems that he addressed, his letters are of crucial importance to the modern church. They enable us to respond to those issues in a godly and courageous way, and remain faithful to Christ and his gospel in our own age...

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Foundational Christian Beliefs

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/8 hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2022
Tuesday Daytime Unit

TH005-512/812

‘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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Pentateuch (Hebrew)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Prerequisite: LA004 Corequisite: OT001 or OT003

SEMESTER 1 2022
Tuesday + Wednesday 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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Christianity in History to 1550

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2022
Tuesday Evening Unit

CH001-512/612/812

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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Leading and Developing a Music Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2022
Tuesday Evening Unit

DE041-512

Many local churches find music ministry beset with challenges – perhaps because of competing musical tastes or different views of the place and importance of singing in the congregation, or maybe just because of a lack of musical and technical resources and equipment.  Whatever the particular set of challenges facing your church, this unit aims to help you to gain the necessary biblical understanding, godly attitudes, practical insights, musical and ministerial skills for helping lead and develop effective music ministry in a local church context...

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Old Testament Foundations

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

SEMESTER 1 2022
Wednesday Daytime Unit

OT001-512/612/812

As Christians, we want to affirm that the Old Testament is indeed the word of God and that it holds value for the contemporary church. Yet at times we struggle to know what to do with it. While some parts are familiar, there is much here that seems odd or strange. In fact, it can sometimes feel like we are travellers lost in a foreign country – and without a guidebook...

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Pentateuch (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 hybrid, Corequisite: OT001 or OT003

SEMESTER 1 2022
Wednesday 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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Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministries

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2022
Wednesday Daytime Unit

PC008-612/712/812 + PC206-912(Specialised Studies)

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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Spiritual Formation for Cross-Cultural Settings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2022
Wednesday Daytime Unit

EM017-612/712/812 + EM205-912(Capstone)

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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Biblical Hebrew A

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

SEMESTER 1 2022
Thursday Daytime Unit

LA003-612/812

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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Cross-Cultural Communication

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

SEMESTER 1 2022
Thursday Daytime Unit

EM008-612/712/812 + EM205-912 (Capstone)

Would you like to get to know people from another culture, but are afraid of ‘treading on their cultural toes’? Do you want to learn how to share the gospel with people who are very different to you, in a way that resonates with their hearts?..

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Applied Evangelism

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 1 2022
Thursday Daytime Unit

EM025-6/7/812 +  + EM205-912(Capstone)

Jesus commissioned his disciples to ‘go and make disciples’ (Matthew 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 Peter 3:15); and Paul lamented, ‘How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?’ (Romans 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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Wisdom Literature

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

SEMESTER 1 2022
Thursday Evening Unit

OT016-612/712/812 (English) + OT017-612/712/812 (Hebrew) + OT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

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 Knowledge of God

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8 on-campus, Corequisites: 6cps TH/CH/PE + 24cps OT/NT/BB

SEMESTER 1 2022
Friday Daytime Unit

​TH001-612/712/812

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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Old Testament Prophets and Writings

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 April 2022

OT002-512i/612i/812i

'Get Wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.’ (Proverbs 4:7). Would you like to grow in your understanding of the Old Testament’s wisdom and prophecy books? Would you like to deepen your knowledge of God, as well as be equipped with tools for doing your own study and teaching of some of the least read books of the Bible?

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Interpreting and Applying Revelation

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 hybrid, Prerequisites apply

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 23 - Friday 27 May 2022

NT033-812i/912i + NT205-912i (Capstone)

"A curious record of the visions of a drug addict." That's how George Bernard Shaw once described the Book of Revelation. Amongst Christians, Revelation is sometimes ignored and sometimes obsessed about. But rarely is the book a positive influence on Christian life and practice. But the book of Revelation was given by God to form disciples for worship and witness. If it does not transform our discipleship, we haven't yet heard its message...

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Fourth Gospel (English)

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

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 4 – Friday 8 July 2022

NT016-612i/712i/812i + NT206-912i (Specialised Studies)

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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Pauline Theology and Romans (English)

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 6/7/8/9, on-campus

SEMESTER 2 2022
Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

NT018-612/712/812 + NT206-912 (Specialised Studies)

The apostle Paul was one of the most zealous evangelists and clearest thinkers in the early church. What we know about him comes from the Acts of the Apostles and from the letters that make up a large part of our New Testament. Our world is fast becoming as pagan as it was in Paul’s time. With individual Christians and churches exhibiting many of the problems that he addressed, his letters are of crucial importance to the modern church. They enable us to respond to those issues in a godly and courageous way, and remain faithful to Christ and his gospel in our own age...

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Empowering Leadership

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8/9 hybrid, Prerequisites apply

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 4 - Friday 8 July 2022

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 the unique insights into leadership that come from Scripture and the mission of God’s kingdom...

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Leviticus Exegesis

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF:8/9 hybrid, Pre/Corequisites apply

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 8 - Friday 12 August 2022

OT031-812i(Hebrew) + OT032-812i(English) + OT206-912i(Specialised Studies)

Why did God give us such a boring book? While many may have secretly asked that question when reading through Leviticus, in the end the problem lies more with us. Here is a part of Scripture that has a long history of being neglected, misunderstood, and misapplied. That is a great pity for Leviticus is a consummate work of literary artistry, it is theologically rich, and presents a vital word that God’s people need to hear today. In fact, it is impossible to fully grasp the significance of Jesus without understanding Leviticus...

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Applied Evangelism

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

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 26 – Friday 30 September 2022

EM025 -612i/712i/812i + EM205-912i(Capstone)

Jesus commissioned his disciples to ‘go and make disciples’ (Matthew 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 Peter 3:15); and Paul lamented, ‘How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?’ (Romans 10:14)...

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Old Testament Foundations

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 5/6/8, hybrid

INTENSIVE
Lecture Week: Monday 26 – Friday 30 September 2022

OT001-512i/612i/812i

As Christians, we want to affirm that the Old Testament is indeed the word of God and that it holds value for the contemporary church. Yet at times we struggle to know what to do with it. While some parts are familiar, there is much here that seems odd or strange. In fact, it can sometimes feel like we are travellers lost in a foreign country – and without a guidebook...

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The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnographic Research Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM033-912

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...

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Ministry in Culturally Diverse Teams

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM049-912

This unit will enable participants to investigate the principles of healthy multicultural teamwork, to reflect on their own and others’ experiences of serving in multicultural teams, and to more effectively work as part of a team composed of people from diverse cultural backgrounds...

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Making Disciples Across Cultures

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM039-912

This unit will enable participants to understand the patterns and principles of disciple making and mentoring in the Scriptures and the ways these principles are expressed in various cultures. Building on this understanding, participants will be helped to develop contextually appropriate ways of discipling people in their particular ministry setting...

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Cross-Cultural Church Planting

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM012-812

This unit will enable participants to discover a framework of biblical principles that can help guide the practice of church planting in any cultural context.  A variety of models of and approaches to church planting will be evaluated for their appropriateness to specific contexts and cultural settings. Stages of pioneer church planting in cross-cultural contexts and ways to address challenges arising in each stage will be explored...

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Developing Resilience and Spiritual Maturity in Cross-Cultural Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM038-812

This unit will enable participants who are engaged in cross-cultural ministry to understand, reflect on, and think through the personal issues and challenges involved in this ministry. Building on these insights, it will explore principles and resources for responding to these issues and challenges in ways that nurture spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical wellbeing in themselves, their families and their co-workers...

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Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM036-812

This unit will enable participants to enhance their ability to relate well to Muslims, to communicate the gospel and to help the church grow among them in ways that are biblically faithful and culturally relevant. It will do this by deepening participants’ understanding of key themes in Islam, Islamic attitudes towards Christianity, and approaches to evangelism, discipling and church planting among Muslims.

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Transformational Development

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM043-912

This unit explores the Bible’s teaching on the nature of poverty and the way that God’s people are called to love the poor. We will consider models of engagement and assess their appropriateness for a range of contexts...

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Contextualisation of Theology and Ministry Practice

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM052-912

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...

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Developing Leaders Across Cultures

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM020-812

This unit will help participants investigate the theological, philosophical, anthropological, educational and developmental foundations of leadership and leadership development in order to enable participants to engage in the practical challenge of developing leaders in cultures that have different assumptions and worldviews. Models of education and curriculum design for leadership development will also be explored...

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Effective Christian Education Across Cultures

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 8 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM034-812

This unit will enable participants to research local cultural values and approaches to learning, plan responses, and develop curriculum to empathically serve the educational needs of various receptor cultures in which they are situated. The unit introduces postgraduate students to the current approaches to education across boundaries of culture and worldview difference. Students will critically reflect on various approaches and devise strategies that are appropriate to the design and delivery of educational materials allied to their ministry specialisation in cross-cultural contexts...

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Intercultural Dynamics of Multicultural Ministry

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM069-912

This unit enables students to develop a specialist understanding of the intercultural dynamics that are at play when people from multiple cultures interact and work with each other, wherever they are in the world. Theoretical viewpoints will be evaluated in the light of the authentic voice of interviewees and other data gathered from multicultural contexts. An integrative framework for multicultural engagement that creatively engages with the challenges of intercultural dynamics will be crafted as a guideline for future multicultural ministry...

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Reproducing Reflective Practice Capstone

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

EM205-912 Capstone

As part of the assessments in this unit, participants will work together to construct an integrative conceptual map of what they have learned about cross-cultural ministry throughout the SMBC Master of Intercultural Studies course. They will develop a personal professional development plan and prepare an item that communicates missiological ideas to others in practical ways...

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Introduction to Research Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 online

MICS
Postgraduate Unit

AS001-912

This unit prepares participants to do a research project. Assessments are focused preparatory steps towards a research project...

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Introduction to Research Methods

Australian College of Theology Unit AQF: 9 hybrid, Prerequisites: 48 credit points at AQF level 8

SEMESTER 1 2022
Friday Seminars

AS001-912

The purpose of the unit is to assist you to plan and design a research project. You will be introduced to the discipline of research, become familiar with the research methods that you are likely to use in your research, analyse some examples of the research of others, and develop your own research proposal...

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