Bachelor of Theology Articulated Set

includes:

Bachelor of Theology
Associate Degree in Theology [Exit Point Only]
Diploma of Theology [Exit Point Only]

Awards

The course includes the following awards:

Associate Degree in Theology AssocDegTh

Bachelor of Theology BTh

Diploma of Theology DipTh

Availability

Bachelor of Theology (1463TH)

On Campus - Canberra
On Campus - Ming Hua
On Campus - United Theological College
Online - Canberra

Availability is subject to change, please verify prior to enrolment.

Normal Course Duration

Diploma of Theology [Exit Point Only]

Full-time: 1.0 year (or part-time equivalent)

Bachelor of Theology

Full-time: 3.0 years (or part-time equivalent)

Associate Degree in Theology [Exit Point Only]

Full-time: 2.0 years (or part-time equivalent)

Course duration is the effective time taken to complete a course when studied full-time (full-time equivalent duration). Students are advised to consult the Enrolment Pattern to determine length of study. Not all courses are offered in full-time mode.

Admission Criteria

CSU Admission Policy

Bachelor of Theology

Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, or New Zealand citizens:
Applicants should have one of the following for admission to the CSU Bachelor of Theology:

  • an ATAR of 60 or higher; or
  • successful study at university level (minimum two subjects); or
  • TAFE Cert III or higher VET qualification or equivalent industry qualifications; or
  • successful completion of TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) or a bridging program; or
  • relevant industry experience of at least two years - this may include, but is not limited to, Church or NGO-type ministry, nursing or related healthcare professions ("the caring professions"), and school teaching at any level; or
  • partial completion of TAFE Diploma level study (minimum 50 per cent).

AND
English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 with no minimum score below 6.0, or a qualification deemed by CSU to be equivalent; or
  • HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary English) Minimum of 4 in English Language; or
  • HKALE (Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination) D Pass in Use of English.
  • (Read more at http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language)
     

English Language Proficiency
Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements. This will apply to both domestic and international applicants. Offer may be conditional on ELP but applicants will be required to provide evidence of meeting these requirements before the start of studies.

International Applicants:
Ming Hua Theological College Hong Kong applicants must fulfil one of the following requirements:

  • Aggregate score of 13 in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE). The HKDSE aggregate is based on the four core subjects, Chinese Language, Mathematics and Liberal Arts, and the best grade in one Category A elective subject, Category B and C subjects are not counted; or
  • Attain a score of 2 in the HKALE a,b,d:or
  • Pass two subjects in Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE); or
  • Prior study at University with successful completion of at least two subjects; or
  • Demonstrated industry experience (e.g. work in church or NGO-type ministry, nursing or related healthcare disciplines and school teaching) of at least two years, plus a letter of motivation and two letters of reference.

And
English language proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each component); or
  • Level 4 in HKDSE English Language; or
  • Grade D in HKALE Use of English
    where the attain a score of 2 in the HKALE a, b, d; or may need to change as attain a pass for any two subjects in HKALE;

Credit

CSU Credit Policy

Bachelor of Theology

Students who complete Clinical and Pastoral Education from an accredited institution will receive 16 points of credit as THL221 Clinical and Pastoral Education in the subdiscipline of Practical Theology.

Associate Degree in Theology [Exit Point Only]

No special arrangements apply.

Diploma of Theology [Exit Point Only]

No special arrangements apply.

Articulation

The Bachelor, Associate Degree [Exit Point Only] and Diploma [Exit Point Only] make up an articulated set of courses and credit is given in each higher level course for the subjects completed in the lower.

Graduation Requirement

Bachelor of Theology

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

Associate Degree in Theology [Exit Point Only]

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 128 points.

Diploma of Theology [Exit Point Only]

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

Course Structure

BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY (Articulated Set) (Onshore Students Studying with CSU)

All subjects have a value of 8 points. To graduate with the Bachelor of Theology, students must complete 192 points / 24 subjects made up as follows:

" 11 Core Subjects
" A minimum of 20 Theological subjects
" A minimum of 4 x 200 level  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 (24)
THL105 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
THL106 Introduction to New Testament Studies
and
one Biblical Language Subject chosen from:

THL100 Introduction to Biblical Languages
THL101 New Testament Greek 1
THL102 Biblical Hebrew 1

Church History (16)
THL131 Early Church History
THL132 The European Reformations

Indigenous Studies (8)
THL225 Aboriginal Cultures and Spirituality

Practical Theology (16)
THL115 Liturgical Theology
THL120 Practical Theology

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

Required Subjects (48):

Biblical Studies (32)
200 level (16)
two subjects chosen from
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
THL241 Biblical Hebrew 2

300 level (16)
two subjects chosen from
THL301 Hebrews and the General Epistles
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 chosen from
THL211 Ecological Theology
THL216 Christian Spirituality
THL245 God and Humanity

300 level (16)
two subjects chosen from
THL314 Sacramental Theology
THL316 The Triune God
THL326 Theological Ethics
THL329 World Religions and Christian Theology
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
THL208 The Synoptic Gospels
THL209 Wisdom and Worship Traditions
THL241 Biblical Hebrew 2
THL301 Hebrews and the General Epistles
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

Church History
THL231 Christianity in Australian History
THL235 Medieval Church History
THL303 Judaism and Early Christianity
THL315 Anglican Foundations
THL319 Uniting Church Studies
THL330 Global Christianity since 1700

Practical Theology
THL218 Christian Ministry
THL220 The Diaconate
THL228 Pastoral Care
THL230 Cross Cultural Ministry in Australia
THL238 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics
THL242 New Religious Movements and Alternative Spiritualities
THL255 Children and Family in Theological Perspective
THL256 Theology and the Arts
THL315 Anglican Foundations
THL319 Uniting Church Studies
THL320 Homiletics
THL328 Reconciliation: The Theological-Political Nexus in Indigenous Public Policy
THL329 World Religions and Christian Theology
THL335 Advanced Practical Theology
THL354 Youth, Culture and Mission
THL366 Christian Education

Systematic Theology
THL211 Ecological Theology
THL216 Christian Spirituality
THL245 God and Humanity
THL314 Sacramental Theology
THL316 The Triune God
THL326 Theological Ethics
THL329 World Religions and Christian Theology
THL334 Interfaith Dialogue

General Theological Electives
COM120 Reasoning and Writing
THL341 Guided Research in Theology
THL361 International Study Experience

DIPLOMA OF THEOLOGY [Exit point only]

Students who satisfactorily complete the following 8 subjects (64 points) may exit with a Diploma of Theology:
" 4 core subjects (THL105, THL106, THL111 and THL113);
" 4 restricted electives at Level 1 and 2 (see list below for Associate Degree in Theology).

ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN THEOLOGY [Exit point only]
Students who satisfactorily complete the following 16 subjects (128 points) may exit with an Associate Degree in Theology:
" 10 core subjects (80 points) listed below;
" 6 restricted electives (48 points);
" A maximum of 12 x Level 1 subjects may be counted;
" A minimum of 14 Theological subjects (with prefix THL) may be counted.

Core Subjects (80 points):

Biblical Studies (16 points)
THL105 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
THL106 Introduction to New Testament Studies

Indigenous Studies (8 points)
THL225 Aboriginal Cultures and Spirituality

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

Church History (16 points)
THL131 Early Church History
THL132 The European Reformations

Practical Theology (16 points)
THL115 Liturgical Theology
THL120 Practical Theology

Restricted Electives (48 points):
Six subjects chosen from the following list:
COM120 Reasoning and Writing
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
THL208 The Synoptic Gospels
THL209 Wisdom and Worship Traditions
THL211 Ecological Theology
THL216 Christian Spirituality
THL218 Christian Ministry
THL220 The Diaconate
THL228 Pastoral Care
THL230 Cross Cultural Ministry in Australia
THL231 Christianity in Australian History
THL235 Medieval Church History
THL238 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics
THL241 Biblical Hebrew 2
THL242 New Religious Movements and Alternative Spiritualities
THL245 God and Humanity
THL255 Children and Family in Theological Perspective
THL256 Theology and the Arts
THL301 Hebrews and the General Epistles
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
THL314 Sacramental Theology
THL315 Anglican Foundations
THL316 The Triune God
THL319 Uniting Church Studies
THL320 Homiletics
THL326 Theological Ethics
THL328 Reconciliation: The Theological-Political Nexus in Indigenous Public Policy
THL329 World Religions and Christian Theology
THL330 Global Christianity since 1700
THL334 Interfaith Dialogue
THL335 Advanced Practical Theology
THL354 Youth, Culture and Mission
THL361 Theology International Study Experience
THL366 Christian Education

HONG KONG CAMPUS - MING HUA THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
The following course structure applies to students studying on campus at Ming Hua Theological College in Hong Kong.

NOTE: There are no early Exit Points in the Hong Kong Ming Hua offering of the Bachelor of Theology.

BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY (Hong Kong students)
To graduate with the Bachelor of Theology, students must complete 24 subjects (192 points) made up as follows:

" 11 core subjects;
" A minimum of 20 Theological subjects (with prefix THL);
" A minimum of 4 x Level 2 subjects  at least 2 x Level 2 in Biblical Studies and 2 x Level 2 in Systematic Theology;
" A minimum of 6 x Level 3 subjects  at least 2 x Level 3 in Biblical Studies and 2 x Level 3 in Systematic Theology;
" A maximum of 12 x Level 1 subjects (including core);
" A maximum of 4 subjects (32) may be chosen from a discipline other than theology.

Students must complete the following 11 core subjects (88 points):

Biblical Studies (24 points)
THL100 Introduction to Biblical Languages
THL105 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
THL106 Introduction to New Testament Studies

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

Church History (24 points)
THL131 Early Church History
THL132 The European Reformations
THL257 Religion in Chinese Culture

Practical Theology (16 points)
THL115 Liturgical Theology
THL120 Practical Theology

Students must complete 6 subjects (48 points) as indicated in the list below, including 2 x restricted electives and 4 x required subjects:

Biblical Studies (24 points)
Level 2 (8 points)  choose one subject:
THL203 Paul and His Letters
THL209 Wisdom and Worship Traditions
THL208 The Synoptic Gospels

Level 3 (16 points) core subjects:
THL307 The Johannine Literature
THL308 The Prophetic Literature

Systematic Theology (24 points)
Level 2 (8 points)  choose one subject:
THL211 Ecological Theology
THL216 Christian Spirituality
THL245 God and Humanity

Level 3 (16 points) required subjects:
THL316 The Triune God
THL326 Theological Ethics

Other Restricted Electives (56 points)
Students must choose a further 7 subjects (56 points) from the restricted elective list above and / or the following list (with at least two subjects at Level 3):

Systematic Theology
THL314 Sacramental Theology

Church History
THL315 Anglican Foundations
THL330 Global Christianity since 1700
THL346 History of Christianity in China

Practical Theology
THL218 Christian Ministry
THL228 Pastoral Care
THL238 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics
THL255 Children and Family in Theology Perspective
THL256 Theology and the Arts
THL335 Advanced Practical Theology
THL366 Christian Education

General Theological Electives
THL341 Guided Research in Theology
THL361 International Study Experience

NOTE: Credit may be received towards the Restricted Electives (56 points) for up to two subjects (16 points) for students who have successfully completed a Basic Unit (400 hours) of Clinical Pastoral Education through an approved provider.

Enrolment Pattern

ONSHORE STUDENTS:
There is a degree of flexibility in the course structure, suitable to the large number of part-time and online enrolments. Students are encouraged to first complete the eight Level 1 subjects that serve as a foundation to the four sub-disciplines. As well, students requiring improvement in academic study skills should enrol in COM120 Reasoning and Writing 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 appropriate Exit Point course structure in order to graduate with their chosen qualification.

In Australia and Hong Kong, the BTh has a pair of core subjects at 200 level that address religious and cultural questions in relation to relevant social and historical context:

" In Australia, THL225 Aboriginal Cultures and Spirituality
" In Hong Kong, THL257 Religion in Chinese Culture

All students are required to take ONE of these two subjects. Students registered in Australia are required to take THL225 as a core subject at 200 level. Students registered in Hong Kong are required to take THL257 as a core subject at 200 level.

HONG KONG STUDENTS:
There is a degree of flexibility in the course structure. Students are encouraged to first complete the eight 100 level subjects that serve as a foundation to the four sub-disciplines. Students will structure their progress through the degree according to the requirements in the degree and to availability of subjects in a given session.

In Australia and Hong Kong, the BTh has a pair of core subjects at 200 level that address religious and cultural questions in relation to relevant social and historical context:

" In Australia, THL225 Aboriginal Cultures and Spirituality
" In Hong Kong, THL257 Religion in Chinese Culture

All students are required to take ONE of these two subjects. Students registered in Australia are required to take THL225 as a core subject at 200 level. Students registered in Hong Kong are required to take THL257 as a core subject at 200 level.

[NOTE: There are no early Exit Point awards within the Hong Kong offering of the Bachelor of Theology. Please refer to the course structure for Hong Kong students.]

Residential School

Please note that the following subjects may contain a Residential School component. Further details of Residential School requirements are located via the subject page

THL100 Introduction to Biblical Languages
THL101 New Testament Greek 1
THL105 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
THL106 Introduction to New Testament Studies
THL111 Introduction to Christian Theology
THL113 Being the Church
THL115 Liturgical Theology
THL120 Practical Theology
THL131 Early Church History
THL132 The European Reformations
THL215 Jesus the Christ
THL218 Christian Ministry
THL220 The Diaconate
THL228 Pastoral Care
THL238 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics
THL242 New Religious Movements and Alternative Spiritualities
THL320 Homiletics
THL334 Interfaith Dialogue

Enrolled students can find further information about CSU Residential Schools via at About Residential School

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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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