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The Certificate is an introductory academic course that allows students to explore foundational areas of Christian faith such as Biblical Studies, Doctrine and Church History, as well as offering a range of electives including Ethics and Liturgy. It is taught by academics and practitioners who are teaching, or have taught, at institutions around the world.
The Certificate comprises eight units: four core and four elective units.
Other units may be offered on occasions.
Open to all, participants choose their level of commitment, ranging from the completion of all requirements of the eight units, to auditing as many units as desired.
Teachers either employed in the Anglican School sector or seeking employment in the sector are strongly encouraged to complete the Certificate.
Parishes and/or parishioners are encouraged to form study groups and complete units within their parish. We offer flexibility within study options.
Participants who successfully complete all requirements are awarded The Wollaston Certificate in Theology. While the material in this course is taught by academics who are teaching, or have taught, at universities around the world and is intellectually rigorous, the Certificate is a non-accredited course.
A Portfolio Program is available for selected students who complete the Certificate. It is designed for students who want to study postgraduate Theology at Murdoch University, but do not satisfy admission requirements. Students may access the Portfolio Program to apply for entry to Murdoch’s highly regarded Graduate Diploma in Theology.
Introduction to Church HistoryTaught by the Reverend Dr Ric Barrett-Lennard, Introduction to Church History gives students an overview of the history of the Christian Church from its beginnings to the modern period. We pay particular attention to the early foundational period, as well as to the Church of England and emergence of Anglicanism.
Tuesday evenings, 8 October – 26 November Time: 6pm – 8pmVenue: St Basil’s Church, Murdoch-WinthropCost: $150 for credit; $80 audit
EthicsThis unit explores issues and concepts in ethics. Ethics may be viewed in numerous ways: this unit introduces some approaches to ethical theory and assists participants to employ elements of that theory, and critical thinking, in understanding complex ethical issues. As far as is practicable, the unit encourages collaboration and discussion, whether face-to-face or online. Participants should recognise that understanding a position taken by others need not imply agreement with that position.
Wednesday evenings, 16, 23, 30 October; 6 November (4 sessions)Time: 6pm – 8pmVenue: Wollaston Theological CollegeCost: $120 for credit; $80 audit
Spirituality In this elective unit, Dr Nancy Ault traces a brief history of the Christian spiritual tradition. Commencing with the early church, followed by the beginnings of monasticism, students will gain a fuller understanding of the depth of these ancient traditions. Dr Ault will lead students through a number of extant spiritual traditions, including Mendicant orders, Ignatian spirituality, and Carmelite spirituality. There is a particular focus on spirituality in the Anglican tradition, and the unit provides opportunities to practice these spiritual traditions in sessions and in written work which will be available throughout.
Saturdays; 2, 9, and 16 November 2019 (3 sessions)Time: 9am – 12:30pmVenue: Murdoch University Worship CentreCost: $120 for credit; $80 audit
All units fully available via external or online study.
Download the Wollaston Certificate in Theology brochure here: WTC Brochure (WCT) web version
Download the application form here: Application form
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