THL361 Theology International Study Experience (8)

This subject is provided in recognition of a students full and compliant participation in an International Short Term Program. Programs will typically consist of a 3 or 4 week cultural and educational program in an international setting involving students living in another country, engaging in studies of culture, language, history, archaeology, art, etc. with visits to sites of cultural and educational significance, and intercultural engagement with local peers. Programs may include some practical experience in an educational or cultural setting.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Ming Hua Theological College
Term 1 (75)
On Campus
Ming Hua Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL361. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is open to all School of Theology students participating in an approved International Short Term Program.

Assumed Knowledge

A basic knowledge of biblical history and literature, such as covered in THL105 and THL106.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an improved ability to think globally and consider issues from other cultural perspectives
  • be able to demonstrate an awareness of their own culture and its perspectives, and other cultures and their perspectives
  • be able to appreciate the importance of multicultural diversity to professional practice in their field of study
  • be able to better appreciate the complex and interacting factors that contribute to notions of culture and cultural relationships
  • be able to value diversity of language and culture
  • be able to demonstrate improved cross-cultural communication skills and some facility with local language
  • be able to demonstrate improved social, cultural and educational knowledge and understanding of the specific context of the international experience
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The syllabus will vary from one type of international study experience to another, but the following example indicates the syllabus for the Bethsaida Excavations Project
  • Orientation to and survey of the geography, geology, history and archaeology of Bethsaida. This is a one-day introduction to the region of Bethsaida.
  • Fieldwork in archaeological loci. Students are assigned to work in areas and in certain archaeological loci. An area supervisor will introduce the essentials of field archaeology such as locus, basket, finds, etc.
  • Elementaries of land surveying, taking elevation, operating a transit and elementary cartography. Teaching is carried out around workstations, which include working loci, land surveying, photography and recording. Each station is supervised by an instructor, and students rotate positions between the stations during the course.
  • Elementaries of professional photography of archaeological sites and finds. The expedition photographer is the instructor of this section.
  • Maintaining database and recording excavation log. The area supervisor is the instructor of this section.
  • Section drawing and operating a transit is instructed by the expedition recorder.
  • Lab works, sorting cataloguing and recording finds. Area supervisor instructs this work.
  • Essential pottery analysis instructed by the director of the excavation. Students learn typology of pottery vessels.
  • Processual archaeology, preparing finds to further research is instructed by area supervisors. This includes cleaning, marking and essential reconstruction of pottery.
  • Attending evening lectures on archaeology, history and geography of the Land of Israel. Lectures are given by faculty participating in the excavation.
  • Optional weekend tours to see other archaeological and religious sites.

Special Resources

A period of overseas travel including participation in an approved academic program is required for this subject. The overseas study experience may be offered by an Australian university or an overseas higher education institution, and will involve not less than three weeks outside Australia.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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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.