THL366 Christian Education (8)

This subject explores a range of approaches to Christian education and the philosophical, psychological, theological, ethical and biblical ideas upon which they depend.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL366. 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

Competed all core subjects from the Bachelor of Theology or equivalent knowledge.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the significance of Christian education for the life and ministry of the Christian community;
  • be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of a variety of approaches to Christian education;
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the significance of faith development theory for Christian education;
  • be able to articulate an informed theological position in relation to more than one model of Christian education;
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of ways of integrating and contextualising models of Christian education;
  • be able to discuss critically the role of the Christian educator as mentor, teacher, advocate and disciple; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The nature of Christian education as integral in Christian formation and discipleship, including theology, epistemology and sociology
  • The contexts of Christian Education in life-long learning, including worship, Bible study, local church group life, schools, mission and service
  • Implications of developmental understandings of faith for Christian education
  • Exploring Christian education frameworks to assist practitioners as they shape learning opportunities, including phenomenological, typological and praxis models
  • Integrating and contextualising models of Christian education and resources for particular ministry contexts and/or learning communities
  • The role of the Christian educator, including teacher, mentor, advocate and disciple

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL366 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Curriculum exercise

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.