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  • Objectives
    The aim of the course is to offer an initial grounding in interfaith relations for interested women and men, from within the Catholic community and beyond. The course will introduce students to theological study in the Catholic tradition; to ecumenical and interfaith dialogue in the Catholic and Christian context. Students will undertake a preliminary study of other faiths, especially Judaism and Islam, and will develop skills in social and cultural analysis, engagement and dialogue, with a view to preparing themselves for leadership in interfaith relations.
  • Entry requirements
    Bachelor degree or equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate in Interfaith Relations
  • Course description
    Graduate Certificate in Interfaith Relations
    GradCertInterfaithRel

    40 cp

    Minimum duration: 6 months full-time or equivalent  part-time.

    Course available at: Canberra, ACT

    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. Requirements for Completion of the  Graduate Certificate

    To qualify for the Graduate Certificate, a student must complete 40 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings.

    Schedule of Unit Offerings

    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ECUM500     10     Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue
    ECUM501     10     Judaism and Islam
    ECUM502     10     Socio-Cultural Analysis and Leadership in Interfaith Relations
    THEO558      10     Foundations of Christian Faith

    ECUM500 Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue
    10 cp
    Prerequisites Nil
    Teaching Organisation 2 contact hours per week for 12 weeks or equivalent of lectures, tutorials and workshops.

    The unit explores church teaching – with a particular focus on the teaching of the Catholic Church – on the Christian call to dialogue in ecumenical and interfaith situations. Theological issues, such as the role of Jesus Christ in salvation and the church's mission of proclamation and dialogue, are examined in historical and contemporary contexts. Specific dialogues are considered with the view to developing a practical theology of ecumenical and interfaith relations.

    ECUM501 Judaism and Islam
    10 cp
    Prerequisites Nil
    Teaching Organisation 2 contact hours per week for 12 weeks or equivalent of lectures, tutorials and workshops.

    The unit aims, firstly, to provide students with a basic introduction both to Judaism and Islam, their origins and forms, their beliefs and practices, and their legal codes and social life. In the second part of the unit students will explore, as a practical exercise in interfaith relations, a particular question in either one or other of the two religions (eg, theological aspects of the Shoah, or Islam and socio-political life), or a particular aspect of dialogue between Christians and the other two Abrahamic religions (eg, in cooperating to alleviate human misery). The methodological emphasis in this unit is on Jewish and Muslim self-understanding and on authentication from within each religion of the variety of traditions that are found there.

    ECUM502 Socio-Cultural Analysis and Leadership in Interfaith Relations
    10 cp
    Prerequisites Nil
    Teaching Organisation 2 contact hours per week for 12 weeks or equivalent of lectures, tutorials and workshops.

    This unit focuses on social and cultural analysis and on engagement as a critical and practical approach to leadership in the context of interfaith relations and dialogue between religious traditions. It introduces students to the field of social and cultural analysis providing methodologies for relating theology, and the study of religious faith traditions, to the social sciences. The emphasis throughout is on the need for adequate social and cultural analysis to underpin interfaith dialogue and serve as the foundation for authentic leadership in and between religious faiths. The unit helps students develop skills in engagement and dialogue as key features of leadership in the field of interfaith relations.

    THEO558 Foundations of Christian Faith
    10 cp
    Prerequisites Nil
    Incompatible THEO695 Foundations of Christian Faith
    Teaching Organisation 2 hours per week for 12 weeks or equivalent. The unit may be offered on-campus and online.

    This unit will introduce students to the study of Catholic theology. It explores the foundational perspectives of the Christian tradition in relation to God, Jesus, Church and sacraments and seeks to encourage students to critically reflect on religious faith as practiced in a diverse and pluralistic world.

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