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Master of Theological Studies

MTheolSt

80 cp

Minimum duration: 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.

Course available at:
Ballarat Victoria (not offered in 2012)
Brisbane Queensland
Canberra ACT
Melbourne Victoria
Sydney (Strathfield) NSW
Nationally online
(www.acu.edu.au/elearning/)

EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

1. Admission Requirements1

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed one of :

    1. an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
    2. a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies or Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies including THBS501 Biblical Studies and THCT500 Foundations of Christian Faith (or equivalent); or
  1. an undergraduate degree in Theology or equivalent; or
  2. a Bachelor of Education including at least 30 cp in introductory Biblical Studies and Theology units and 20 cp in Religious Education units or equivalent.

2. Requirements for Completion of the Degree

2.1 To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

  1. in the case of a student seeking to qualify for a named specialisation:
    1. at least 40 cp from units from that specialisation, which may include project and/or special studies units where the content and assessment clearly relate to the area of the specialisation;
    2. at least 10 cp from a Project Unit, if not selected in accordance with Rule 2.1 (a) (i);
    3. the balance from other units;
      or
  2. in any other case:
    1. at least 10 cp from a Project Unit;
    2. up to 70 cp from other units

2.2 A student wishing to proceed to the Master of Theology (Research) must include a 20 cp Project Unit and Thel619 Introduction to Theological and Philosophical Research and obtain a minimum grade of Credit in each.

3. Exit Point

3.1 A student who gained admission in accordance with Rule 1(a) and who has completed at least 40 cp in accordance with Rule 2 may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies.

3.2 A student who gained admission in accordance with Rule 1(b) or (c) and who has completed at least 40 cp in accordance with Rule 2 may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies.

Schedule of Unit Offerings

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Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

Project Units2

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
PHIL617 10 Philosophy Project A (Inc: PHIL617 One Unit Project in Philosophy and PHIL637 Philosophy Project A)
PHIL618 20

Philosophy Project B (Inc: PHIL618 Two Unit Project in Philosophy and PHIL638 Philosophy Project B)

THEL621 10 Theology Project A (Inc: THEO608 One Unit Project in Theology and THEL631 Theology Project A)
THEL622 10 Theology Project B (Inc: THEL632 Theology Project B)
THEL623 20 Theology Project C (Co: THEL619 Introduction to Theological and Philosophical Research; Inc: THEO613 Two Unit Project in Theology)

Theology Specialisations

Biblical Studies3

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
PHIL622 10 Truth and Interpretation4 (Inc: PHIL632 Truth and Interpretation)
THBS600 20

Bible Lands Study Tour (Inc: THEO626 Bible Lands Study Tour)

THBS601 10 Literature of the Hebrew Bible (Inc. THEO636 Prophetic and Wisdom Literature and THBS631 Literature of the Hebrew Bible)
THBS602 10

New Testament Christology (Inc: THEO615 New Testament Christology and THBS632 New Testament Christology)

THBS603 10 Pauline Literature (Inc: THBS633 Pauline Literature)
THBS604 10 The Gospel of John (Inc: THBS634 The Gospel of John)
THEL620 10 Special Studies in Theology (Inc: THEO633 Special Studies in Theology and THEL630 Special Studies in Theology)
THEL621 10 Theology Project A (Inc: THEO608 One Unit Project in Theology and THEL631 Theology Project A)
THEL622 10 Theology Project B (Inc: THEL632 Theology Project B)
THEL623 20 Theology Project C (Co: THEL619 Introduction to Theological and Philosophical Research; Inc: THEO613 Two Unit Project in Theology)

Christian History5

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THEL620 10 Special Studies in Theology (Inc: THEO633 Special Studies in Theology and THEL630 Special Studies in Theology)
THEL621 10

Theology Project A (Inc: THEO608 One Unit Project in Theology and THEL631 Theology Project A)

THEL622 10 Theology Project B (Inc: THEL632 Theology Project B)
THEL623 20 Theology Project C (Co: THEL619 Introduction to Theological and Philosophical Research; Inc: THEO613 Two Unit Project in Theology)

Interfaith Relations6

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THEL620 10 Special Studies in Theology (Inc: THEO633 Special Studies in Theology and THEL630 Special Studies in Theology)
THEL621 10

Theology Project A (Inc: THEO608 One Unit Project in Theology and THEL631 Theology Project A)

THEL622 10 Theology Project B (Inc: THEL632 Theology Project B)
THEL623 20 Theology Project C (Co: THEL619 Introduction to Theological and Philosophical Research; Inc: THEO613 Two Unit Project in Theology)


Liturgy
7

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THEL620 10 Special Studies in Theology (Inc: THEO633 Special Studies in Theology and THEL630 Special Studies in Theology)
THEL621 10

Theology Project A (Inc: THEO608 One Unit Project in Theology and THEL631 Theology Project A)

THEL622 10 Theology Project B (Inc: THEL632 Theology Project B)
THEL623 20 Theology Project C (Co: THEL619 Introduction to Theological and Philosophical Research; Inc: THEO613 Two Unit Project in Theology)


Ministry
8

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THCP600 10

Advanced Preaching9 (Inc: THCP502 Advanced Preaching)

THCP601 10 Exercising Leadership in Ministry9 (Inc: THCP506 Exercising Leadership in Ministry and THCP631 Exercising Leadership in Ministry)
THCP610 10 The Church Reaching Out9 (Inc: THCP500 The Church Reaching Out) THEL620 Special Studies in Theology (Inc: THEO633 Special Studies in Theology and THCP630 The Church Reaching Out)
THEL621 10 Theology Project A (Inc: THEO608 One Unit Project in Theology and THEL631 Theology Project A)
THEL622 10 Theology Project B (Inc: THEL632 Theology Project B)
THEL623 20 Theology Project C (Co: THEL619 Introduction to Theological and Philosophical Research; Inc: THEO613 Two Unit Project in Theology)


Mor
al Theology

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THCP603 10 Issues in Christian Ethics (Inc: THEO647 Issues in Christian Ethics and THCP633 Issues in Christian Ethics)
THCP602 10

Foundations of Social Justice (Inc: THEO658 Foundations of Social Justice and THCP632 Foundations of Social Justice)

THEL620 10 Special Studies in Theology (Inc: THEO633 Special Studies in Theology and THEL630 Special Studies in Theology)
THEL621 10

Theology Project A (Inc: THEO608 One Unit Project in Theology and THEL631 Theology Project A)

THEL622 10 Theology Project B (Inc: THEL632 Theology Project B)
THEL623 20 Theology Project C (Co: THEL619 Introduction to Theological and Philosophical Research; Inc: THEO613 Two Unit Project in Theology)


Philosophy
10

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
PHIL616 10 Special Studies in Philosophy (Inc: PHIL636 Special Studies in Philosophy)
PHIL620 10 God, the Universe and Everything (Inc: PHIL630 God, the Universe and Everything)
PHIL621 10 The Problem of Evil (Inc: PHIL631 The Problem of Evil)
PHIL622 10 Truth and Interpretation (Inc: PHIL632 Truth and Interpretation)
PHIL617 10 Philosophy Project A (Inc: PHIL617 One Unit Project in Philosophy and PHIL637 Philosophy Project A)
PHIL618 20

Philosophy Project B (Inc: PHIL618 Two Unit Project in Philosophy)


Practical Theology

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THEL620 10

Special Studies in Theology (Inc: THEO633 Special Studies in Theology and THEL630 Special Studies in Theology)

THEL621 10 Theology Project A (Inc: THEO608 One Unit Project in Theology and THEL631 Theology Project A)
THEL622 10 Theology Project B (Inc: Theology Project B)
THEL623 20 Theology Project C (Co: THEL619 Introduction to Theological and Philosophical Research; Inc: THEO613 Two Unit Project in Theology)


Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THCP604 10

Spirituality and Ministry in the Christian Tradition 1 (Inc: THEO685 Spirituality and Ministry in the Christian Tradition 1)

THCP605 10

Spirituality and Ministry in the Christian Tradition 2 (Inc: THEO686 Spirituality and Ministry in the Christian Tradition 2)

THCP606 10 Spirituality, Ministry and Practice 1 (Inc: THEO687 Spirituality, Ministry and Practice 1)
THCP607 10 Spirituality, Ministry and Practice 2 (Inc: THEO688 Spirituality, Ministry and Practice 2)
THCP608 10 Spirituality, Ministry and Practice 3 (Inc: THEO697 Spirituality, Ministry and Practice 3)
THCP609 10 Spirituality, Ministry and Practice 4 (Inc: THEO698 Spirituality, Ministry and Practice 4)


Systematic Theology
11

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THCT601 10 Fundamentals in Theology (Inc: THCT631 Fundamentals in Theology)
THCT600 10 Creation, Grace and Salvation (Inc: THCT630 Creation, Grace and Salvation)
THCT602 10

Sacraments and Sacramentality (Inc: THCT502 Sacraments of Initiation; THEO543/611 Theology of Sacraments and THCT632 Sacraments and Sacramentality)

THEL620 10 Special Studies in Theology (Inc: THEO633 Special Studies in Theology and THEL630 Special Studies in Theology)
THEL621 10 Theology Project A (Inc: THEO608 One Unit Project in Theology and THEL631 Theology Project A)
THEL622 10 Theology Project B (Inc: THEL632 Theology Project B)
THEL623 20 Theology Project C12 (Co: THEL619 Introduction to Theological and Philosophical Research; Inc: THEO613 Two Unit Project in Theology)
PHIL622 10 Truth and Interpretation12 (Inc: PHIL632 Truth and Interpretation)
PHIL620 10 God, the Universe and Everything12 (Inc: PHIL630 God, the Universe and Everything)
PHIL621 10 The Problem of Evi12 (Inc: PHIL631 The Problem of Evil)


Electives

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THEL619 10 Introduction to Theological and Philosophical Research (Inc: THEO628 Introduction to Theological Research and THEL639 Introduction to Theological and Philosophical Research)
THEL618 10 Charism and Spirituality of a Religious Congregation13

Up to 20 cp from 600-level Religious Education units.


1A student must also comply with the Admission Rules.
2A student may only include any particular Project or Special Studies unit once in the degree.
3A student wishing to undertake this specialisation would normally have completed the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (The Biblical World) or the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies (The Biblical World) or equivalent.
4To be included in this specialisation, the assessment for this unit must include a significant Biblical Studies component.
5A student wishing to undertake this specialisation would normally have completed THCT503 The Early Christian World or equivalent.
6A student wishing to undertake this specialisation would normally have completed the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (Interfaith Relations) or equivalent.
7A student wishing to undertake this specialisation would normally have completed the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (Liturgy) or Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies (Liturgy) or equivalent.
8A student wishing to undertake this specialisation would normally have completed THCP512 Effective Ministry: Communication and Processes in Groups and THCP513 Exploring Parish Culture, or equivalent.
9Available only in Brisbane in on-campus mode.
10A student wishing to undertake this specialisation would normally have completed PHIL510 Introducing Philosophy for Theology, or equivalent.
11A student wishing to undertake this specialisation would normally have completed at least 20cp at 500-level in Systematic Theology units, or equivalent.
12To be included in this specialisation, the assessment for this unit must include a significant theological component.
13Available only in partnership and subject to agreement with religious orders.


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