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Bachelor of Theology

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Bachelor of Theology

Associate Degree in Theology [exit point only]
Diploma of Theology [exit point only]

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CSU’s Bachelor of Theology enriches students spiritually and vocationally equipping them for leadership and ministry in the life and work of the Christian church. This course is theologically and biblically rich, vocationally oriented, ecumenically sensitive and integrated with practical experience.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU’s Bachelor of Theology encourages and fosters the search for meaning and spiritual depth in the context of cultural and religious pluralism in contemporary Australia. Students are offered a thorough grounding in the four foundational areas of theology: Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, Church History. Each program has a strong basis in Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology. There is a focused emphasis on theory and practice together in the area of Practical Theology, however students have opportunities to pursue a significant number of subjects in any of the four main areas.

    First year students are introduced to the four sub-disciplines and include introductory subjects in the Old and New Testaments. Students will study two subjects in Church History; one on the early church and the other on the Reformation. This is complemented by two subjects from Practical Theology; one on worship and the other an introduction to practical theology itself. The course is rounded off with two subjects in Systematic Theology providing an introduction to theology and a subject on the theology of the church. The intention here is that you are opened to the range of possibilities in theology and also invited to explore how you can integrate these four areas.

    Across the program you will have the opportunity to develop frameworks for critical and constructive engagement in church and society. Support is available for you to learn how to study, take notes, write essays, use the library and become confident as a student.

    The Bachelor of Theology is offered in conjunction with St Mark's National Theological Centre in Canberra and United Theological College in North Parramatta to equip students to undertake lay religious ministry functions or to pursue ordination. The Bachelor of Theology aims to deepen students' faith understanding in whatever context they live or work. Students can choose to study only theology subjects or they can integrate their study of theology with another area of interest to further enrich their program. Students looking to ordination or professional ministry can access subject offerings which are vocationally oriented, ecumenically sensitive and integrated with practical experience.

  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities include chaplaincy in a variety of institutional settings, such as military, prisons, police, ambulance, hospital, trade and industry, or work in the social welfare arms of charities and the church, e.g. overseas development aid, communication functions and pastoral care. Graduates may also use the generalist skills and specialist vocational training provided by the Bachelor of Theology as a good grounding for a career in many fields.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    DIPLOMA OF THEOLOGY (64) [EXIT POINT ONLY]
    Students who satisfactorily complete the following subjects (64 points) may exit with a Diploma of Theology:

    • 4 core subjects
    • 4 restricted electives

    Core Subjects (32):

    THL105 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
    THL106 Introduction to New Testament Studies
    THL111 Introduction to Christian Theology
    THL113 Being the Church

    Restricted electives (32):
    Four subjects at 100 and 200 level chosen from the following list:

    COM120 Reasoning, Values and Communication
    THL100 Introduction to Biblical Languages
    THL101 New Testament Greek 1
    THL102 Biblical Hebrew 1
    THL115 Liturgical Theology
    THL120 Practical Theology
    THL131 The Rise of Christianity to 600 CE
    THL132 The European Reformations 1400-1700
    THL202 Old Testament History and Narrative
    THL203 Paul and His Letters
    THL204 New Testament Greek 2
    THL208 The Synoptic Gospels
    THL209 Wisdom and Worship Traditions
    THL211 Creation and Ecology
    THL215 Jesus the Christ
    THL216 Christian Spirituality
    THL218 Christian Ministry
    THL220 The Diaconate
    THL225 Aboriginal Cultures and Spirituality
    THL228 Pastoral Care
    THL230 Cross Cultural Ministry in Australia
    THL231 Christianity in Australian History
    THL235 Medieval Church History
    THL238 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics
    THL250 Ministry Across the Lifespan
    THL241 Biblical Hebrew 2
    THL242 New Religious Movements, Cults and Sects
    THL245 God, Humanity and Difference
     

    ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN THEOLOGY (128) [EXIT POINT ONLY]
    Students who satisfactorily complete the following subjects (128 points) may exit with an Associate Degree in Theology:

    • 10 core subjects (80)
    • 6 restricted electives (48)
    • A maximum of 12 x 100 level subjects (96)
    • A minimum of 14 Theological Subjects (108)

    Core Subjects (80):

    Biblical Studies (24)
    THL105 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
    THL106 Introduction to New Testament Studies
    THL208 The Synoptic Gospels

    Systematic Theology (24)
    THL111 Introduction to Christian Theology
    THL113 Being the Church
    THL215 Jesus the Christ

    Church History (16)
    THL131 The Rise of Christianity to 600 CE
    THL132 The European Reformations 1400 - 1700

    Practical Theology (16)
    THL115 Liturgical Theology
    THL120 Practical Theology

    Restricted Electives (48 points):
    Six subjects chosen from the following list.

    COM120 Reasoning, Values and Communication
    THL100 Introduction to Biblical Languages
    THL101 New Testament Greek 1
    THL102 Biblical Hebrew 1
    THL202 Old Testament History and Narrative
    THL203 Paul and His Letters
    THL204 New Testament Greek 2
    THL209 Wisdom and Worship Traditions
    THL211 Creation and Ecology
    THL216 Christian Spirituality
    THL218 Christian Ministry
    THL220 The Diaconate
    THL225 Aboriginal Cultures and Spirituality
    THL228 Pastoral Care
    THL230 Cross Cultural Ministry in Australia
    THL231 Christianity in Australian History
    THL235 Medieval Church History
    THL238 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics
    THL250 Ministry Across the Lifespan
    THL241 Biblical Hebrew 2
    THL242 New Religious Movements, Cults and Sects
    THL245 God, Humanity and Difference
    THL301 Alternative New Testament Voices
    THL302 New Testament Greek 3
    THL303 Judaism and Early Christianity
    THL304 The Pentateuch
    THL306 Biblical Hebrew 3
    THL307 The Johannine Literature
    THL308 The Prophetic Literature
    THL310 Ordination Studies
    THL314 Sacramental Theology
    THL315 Anglican Foundations
    THL316 The Triune God
    THL319 Uniting Church Studies
    THL320 Homiletics
    THL322 Theology, the Arts and Film
    THL325 Pastoral Care in Context
    THL326 Theological Ethics
    THL328 Reconciliation: The Theological-Political Nexus in Indigenous Public Policy
    THL329 World Religions
    THL330 Global Christianity since 1700
    THL334 Interfaith Dialogue
    THL354 Youth, Culture and Mission
    THL361 Theology International Study Experience
    THL366 Christian Education

    BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY (192)

    • 11 Core Subjects
    • A minimum of 20 Theological subjects
    • A minimum of 4 x 200 level (including core) – at least 2 x 200 in Biblical Studies and 2 x 200 in Systematic Theology
    • A minimum of 6 x 300 level subjects – at least 2 x 300 in Biblical Studies and 2 x 300 in Systematic Theology
    • A maximum of 12 x 100 level subjects (including core)
    • A maximum of 4 subjects (32) may be chosen from a discipline other than theology
    • A maximum of 2 x 400 level 8 point subjects (16)

    Core Subjects (88):

    Biblical Studies (32)
    one Biblical Language Subject chosen from:
    THL100 Introduction to Biblical Languages
    THL101 New Testament Greek 1
    THL102 Biblical Hebrew 1
    and
    THL105 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
    THL106 Introduction to New Testament Studies
    THL208 The Synoptic Gospels

    Systematic Theology (24)
    THL111 Introduction to Christian Theology
    THL113 Being the Church
    THL215 Jesus the Christ

    Church History (16)
    THL131 The Rise of Christianity to 600 CE
    THL132 The European Reformations 1400 - 1700

    Practical Theology (16)
    THL115 Liturgical Theology
    THL120 Practical Theology

    Required Subjects (48):

    Biblical Studies (24)
    200 level (8)
    one subject (8) chosen from

    THL202 Old Testament History And Narrative
    THL203 Paul and His Letters
    THL204 New Testament Greek 2
    THL209 Wisdom and Worship Traditions
    THL241 Biblical Hebrew 2

    300 level (16)
    two subjects chosen from
    THL301 Alternative New Testament Voices
    THL302 New Testament Greek 3
    THL303 Judaism and Early Christianity
    THL304 The Pentateuch
    THL306 Biblical Hebrew 3
    THL307 The Johannine Literature
    THL308 The Prophetic Literature

    Systematic Theology (24)
    200 level (8)
    one subject (8) chosen from
    THL211 Creation and Ecology
    THL216 Christian Spirituality
    THL245 God, Humanity and Difference

    300 level (16)
    two subjects chosen from

    THL310 Ordination Studies
    THL314 Sacramental Theology
    THL316 The Triune God
    THL326 Theological Ethics
    THL334 Interfaith Dialogue

    Restricted Electives (56)
    Seven subjects (56) chosen from the following
    (at least two (16) must be at 300 level):

    Biblical Studies
    THL202 Old Testament History and Narrative
    THL203 Paul and His Letters
    THL204 New Testament Greek 2
    THL209 Wisdom and Worship Traditions
    THL241 Biblical Hebrew 2
    THL301 Alternative New Testament Voices
    THL302 New Testament Greek 3
    THL303 Judaism and Early Christianity
    THL304 The Pentateuch
    THL306 Biblical Hebrew 3
    THL307 The Johannine Literature
    THL308 The Prophetic Literature

    Systematic Theology
    THL211 Creation and Ecology
    THL216 Christian Spirituality
    THL245 God, Humanity and Difference
    THL310 Ordination Studies
    THL314 Sacramental Theology
    THL316 The Triune God
    THL326 Theological Ethics
    THL334 Interfaith Dialogue

    Church History
    THL231 Christianity in Australian History
    THL235 Medieval Church History
    THL315 Anglican Foundations
    THL319 Uniting Church Studies
    THL330 Global Christianity from 1700

    Practical Theology
    THL218 Christian Ministry
    THL220 The Diaconate
    THL228 Pastoral Care
    THL230 Cross Cultural Ministry in Australia
    THL238 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics
    THL250 Ministry Across the Lifespan
    THL320 Homiletics
    THL322 Theology, the Arts and Film
    THL325 Pastoral Care: Advanced Practice
    THL354 Youth, Culture and Mission
    THL366 Christian Education

    General Theological Electives
    COM120 Reasoning, Values and Communication
    THL225 Aboriginal Cultures and Spirituality
    THL242 New Religious Movements, Cults and Sects
    THL328 Reconciliation: The Theological-Political Nexus in Indigenous Public Policy
    THL329 World Religions
    THL341 Guided Research
    THL361 International Study Experience

    Enrolment pattern

    There is a degree of flexibility in the course structure, suitable to the large number of part time and distance education enrolments. Students are encouraged to complete first the eight 100 level subjects that serve as a foundation to the four sub-disciplines. As well, students with poorly developed academic study skills should enrol in COM120 Reasoning, Values and Communication as one of their subjects during their first session. Students will structure their progress through the degree according to the requirements in the degree and to availability of subjects in a given session.

    Students must ensure that they meet the Exit Point award structure in order to exit with their chosen qualification.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    THL111 Introduction To Christian Theology
    THL105 Introduction To Old Testament Studies
    THL242 New Religious Movements, Cults and Sects
    THL306 Biblical Hebrew 3
    THL132 The European Reformations, 1400-1700
    THL209 Wisdom And Worship Traditions
    THL325 Pastoral Care: Advanced Practice
    THL100 Introduction To Biblical Languages
    THL115 Liturgical Theology
    THL238 Mission, Evangelism And Apologetics
    THL215 Jesus The Christ
    THL228 Pastoral Care
    THL218 Christian Ministry
    THL113 Being The Church
    THL131 Rise of Christianity to 600 C E
    THL208 The Synoptic Gospels
    THL101 New Testament Greek 1
    THL106 Introduction To New Testament Studies
    THL241 Biblical Hebrew 2
    THL334 Interfaith Dialogue
    THL322 Theology, The Arts And Film
    THL220 The Diaconate
    THL120 Practical Theology

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    6500

    Admission is according to the standard CSU and UAC criteria for undergraduate courses

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    6240*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    2200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    UACOn CampusCanberraCGSYYN211957
    DirectOn CampusCanberraFPOSYYNIATH
    UACOn CampusUnited Theological CollegeCGSYYN211955
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraCGSYYNEATH
    DirectOn CampusUnited Theological CollegeFPOSYYNIATD
    DirectOn CampusCanberraCGSYYNKATH
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPOSYYNJATH
    DirectOn CampusUnited Theological CollegeCGSYYNKATD

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points, normally comprising 24 subjects.

  • How to apply
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    CRICOS Code(s)

    022012C (United Theological College, Canberra)

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  • About the School
    School of Theology

    CSU’s School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. The ethos of the School is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education. Combined with a flexible learning environment and four teaching sites, the School provides a wide range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs as well as those of other cultures. Students can study on campus at CSU’s Canberra and Parramatta campuses or via distance education. The School is also affiliated with St Barnabas Theological College in Adelaide and St Francis College in Brisbane and there may be opportunities for students to study some parts of their course at these locations.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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