THL354 Youth, Culture And Mission (8)

This subject explores the cultures in which young people are immersed and the impact these have on communication and religious self-understanding. Consideration is given to the way that Christian mission may be enacted within this context. The subject also examines ways of communicating the gospel to the post-Christian mindset by analysing popular culture. The subject functions as a capstone for the study of mission.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Assumed Knowledge

THL115, THL120 and THL238

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and discuss the key factors impacting on Australian culture with particular reference to youth
  • be able to demonstrate awareness of how immersion in a digital world influences young people
  • be able to demonstrate skills in interpreting popular culture
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate methods of engagement with popular culture in ministry settings
  • be able to synthesise an appropriate missional response to a particular cultural group in Australia


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What is culture?
  • The factors that impact youth culture: individualism, consumerism, digital technology, economic inequality and friends and family
  • Reading cultures: movies, television and the net, music and art, print media
  • The gospel as a transformative force in culture
  • Learning to speak within culture as an authentic, proximal and intelligible witness


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.