University of Divinity

Wollaston Theological College has a partnership with Trinity College School (Melbourne) enabling students to study for either a Bachelor of Theology or Master of Divinity (as well as other awards).

Semester 1 2022 begins 21 February and ends 10 June 2022. The following units are being taught at Wollaston Theological College:

Understanding Religion in Australian Society

In this unit, students will examine the relationship between Australian society and religion through socio-cultural studies, religious studies and history. Firstly, a historical and socio-cultural approach will uncover the ways that religion has shaped Australian society. Secondly, we focus on religious phenomena in Australia, including Aboriginal Spirituality; Christianity; Buddhism; Islam; Judaism; Bahá'í; Hinduism; Pentecostalism; as well as the absence of religious faith (sometimes, but erroneously, called secularism). Students will present on issues that they may encounter in practice, and how these may be negotiated. Finally, we will envision the future of religion in Australian society.

 

Lecturer: Dr Mark Jennings, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, Wollaston Theological College and University of Divinity
Venue: Wollaston Theological College (also available externally)
When: Monday afternoons, 1-4:30pm

 

Find out more (including how to apply) here:

Understanding Religion in Australian Society (undergraduate unit)
Understanding Religion in Australian Society (postgraduate unit)
Gospel of Matthew

This unit will situate the Gospel of Matthew in the context of the first-century Greco-Roman world. Key trends in recent scholarship, as well as the text's major themes, world-views and reception, both within its interpretive traditions and cultural afterlives, will be considered. The unit will also introduce a number of exegetical methods that are used by interpreters in contemporary scholarship including historical-critical, literary, and ideological approaches.

The unit intends to build core skills in the area of New Testament exegesis. Students will gain in-depth and critical familiarity with both primary and secondary sources, knowledge of important features of historical background, and develop skills in applying biblical methodologies.

 

Lecturer: Dr Robert Myles, Senior Lecturer in New Testament, Wollaston Theological College and University of Divinity
Venue: Wollaston Theological College
When:
Find out more (including how to apply) here:
Gospel of Matthew (undergraduate unit)
Gospel of Matthew (postgraduate)

A basic introduction regarding the Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity is listed below and more information on these Degrees (and others) can be found on the University of Divinity website. https://divinity.edu.au/courses/

Bachelor of Theology

Duration:         3 years full-time

Modes:            Classroom, Online, Mixed

Overview

The Bachelor of Theology critically examines life and faith through the study of scriptures, theological traditions and historical contexts. It aims to broaden self-understanding and facilitate cultural engagement.  The Bachelor of Theology assists students to develop knowledge across broad areas of theology and depth in particular areas of interest. It develops research and communication skills, and prepares graduates for further theological study. It may be possible for students to undertake study in a ministry setting as part of the course.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Theology

  1. have a broad, coherent and critical knowledge of Christian theological traditions and methodologies, with focused knowledge in at least one area.
  2. can articulate the knowledge they have acquired to generate insights and communicate them through clear reasoned argument.
  3. are able to engage theological traditions and contemporary culture.
  4. have a theologically informed basis for engagement and service in community and world.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Theology consists of 432 points comprised of:

a)    2 points in a discipline or disciplines in Field B (Biblical Studies) which must include at least 18 points in each Testament;
b)    36 points in the discipline of Church History;
c)    72 points in the discipline of Systematic Theology;
d)    36 points in a discipline or disciplines in Field D (Theology: Mission and Ministry);
e)    an undergraduate Capstone unit worth at least 18 points; and
f)     a further 198 points.

Each course of study for the Bachelor of Theology:

a)     must not include more than 216 points at level 1; and
b)     must include at least 108 points at level 3 including 36 points at level 3 in either a discipline or disciplines in Field B (Biblical Studies) or in the discipline of Systematic Theology.

Master of Divinity

Duration:         3 years full-time

Modes:            Classroom, Online, Mixed

Overview

The Master of Divinity is a primary theological degree for students with a degree in another area. The Master of Divinity enables students to apply an advanced body of knowledge in divinity and its associated disciplines in ministry contexts. Students broaden their knowledge and skills to prepare them for professional practice and further learning.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Divinity:

  1. have advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in divinity and its related disciplines
  2. have mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical and communication skills applicable to divinity and its related disciplines
  3. have advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of theological and related disciplines, with awareness of their implications and applications to historical and contemporary issues and contexts, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practice and further learning
  4. articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in divinity and its related disciplines to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  5. apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, theological synthesis, or supervised ministry project.

Course structure

The Master of Divinity consists of 432 points comprised of:

a)     not less than 48 points in at least one biblical or associated language
b)     not less than 120 points and not more than 144 points of Postgraduate Foundational units, including:

1)     48 points in Field B
2)     48 points in Field C
3)     24 points in Field D

c)     not less than 192 points and not more than 240 points of Postgraduate Elective units, including:24 points in Field B

1)    24 points in Field C
2)    24 points in Field D

d)     either a Capstone unit worth at least 24 points or RQ9748M Minor Thesis.

 


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