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  • Objectives
    The Master of Arts (Theology) is a generalist postgraduate coursework degree which provides a pathway for graduates without substantial theological background to gain a foundation in the study of Christian theology; and, for graduates with at least an undergraduate major in theology, the course enables them to deepen their knowledge and skills in theology.
  • Entry requirements
    1. Bachelor degree or equivalent; and 2. theological studies equivalent to the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Theology); or 3. a four unit undergraduate minor in theological studies.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Arts (Theology)
  • Course description
    This course is designed to enable students to:

    1. study the meaning and practice of Christian theology within the Catholic tradition;
      
    2. develop and enhance a critical academic understanding of the Christian scriptures, the history of the Christian tradition, the systematic and doctrinal heritage of Christian theology, and the moral and practical dimensions of Christian faith;
     
    3. engage with contemporary social and ethical issues, ecumenical and interfaith contexts, and the relevance of theology to human culture;
      
    4. articulate the inter-relationships between theology and particular vocational, professional and pastoral activities.

    Master of Arts (Theology)
    MA(Theol)

    80 cp

    Minimum duration: 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.
    Graduate Diploma in Arts (Theology)
    (Exit qualification only)
    GradDipArts(Theol)

    40 cp

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

    Course available at:
    Ballarat, Victoria
    Brisbane, Queensland
    Canberra, ACT
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
    Nationally, online (http://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. Requirements for Completion of the Degree

    1.1 To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, including at least 10 cp from Advanced Units in each of Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology.

    1.2 A Graduate Certificate unit level 500 that is double-coded as a Masters unit level 600 may not be undertaken at both levels of study.

    2. Exit Point

    2.1 The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Theology) is available only as an exit point from the Master’s degree.

    2.2 A student who has completed the following requirements may exit from the course with the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Theology).

    In addition to completion of the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Theology), a student must complete 40 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, including at least 20 cp from Advanced Units.

    Schedule of Unit Offerings

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

    Foundational Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    THEO611     10     Theology of Sacraments
    THEO660     10     Jesus the Christ
    THEO661     10     Christian Life and Thought to 590CE
    THEO662     10     Foundations in Liturgy
    THEO663     10     Theology of Church
    THEO664     10     Approaching World Religions
    THEO667     10     Theology of the Human Person
    THEO673     10     Christian Morality
    THEO694     10     Biblical Studies
    THEO695     10     Foundations of Christian Faith

    Advanced Units

    Biblical Studies
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    THEO602     10     Biblical Narrative as Theology
    THEO615     10     New Testament Christology
    THEO626     20     Bible Lands Study Tour
    THEO636     10     Prophetic and Wisdom Literature
    THEO650     10     Theological Perspectives of the Bible
    THEO674     10     The Corinthian Correspondence
    THEO675     10     A Synoptic Gospel (Pre: A foundational or undergraduate unit in Biblical Studies)
    THEO677     10     Biblical Poetry

    Systematic Theology
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    THEL602     10     Theology Today
    THEO631     10     Issues in Systematic Theology
    THEO647     10     Issues in Christian Ethics
    THEO649     10     Revelation and Tradition
    THEO679     10     Contextual Theologies
    THEO680     10     Theology of Mission

    Ministry and Praxis
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    THEO629     10     Issues in Liturgical Studies (Pre: THEO662 Foundations in Liturgy)
    THEO646     10     Issues in Ministry
    THEO651     10     Theology and Leadership
    THEO652     10     Theology and Society
    THEO657     10     Practical Theology
    THEO658     10     Foundations of Social Justice

    Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    THEO685     10     Spirituality and Ministry in the Christian Tradition 1
    THEO686     10     Spirituality and Ministry in the Christian Tradition 2 (Pre: THEO685 Spirituality                                 and Ministry in the Christian Tradition 1)
    THEO687     10     Spirituality, Ministry and Practice 1 (Pre: THEO685 Spirituality and Ministry in the                             Christian Tradition 1 and THEO686 Spirituality and Ministry in the Christian                                         Tradition 2)
    THEO688     10     Spirituality, Ministry and Practice 2 (Pre: THEO685 Spirituality and Ministry in the                             Christian Tradition 1, THEO686 Spirituality and Ministry in the Christian Tradition                             2 and THEO687 Spirituality, Ministry and Practice)
    THEO697     10     Spirituality, Ministry and Practice 3 (Pre: THEO685 Spirituality and Ministry in the                             Christian Tradition 1, THEO686 Spirituality and Ministry in the Christian Tradition                             2, THEO687 Spirituality, Ministry and Practice and THEO688 Spirituality, Ministry                                 and Practice 2)
    THEO698     10     Spirituality, Ministry and Practice 4 (Pre: THEO685 Spirituality and Ministry in the                             Christian Tradition 1, THEO686 Spirituality and Ministry in the Christian Tradition                             2, THEO687 Spirituality, Ministry and Practice 1, THEO688 Spirituality, Ministry and                             Practice 2 and THEO697 Spirituality, Ministry and Practice 3)

    Religion and Culture
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    THEO644     10     Religion, Ethics and Pluralism
    THEO656     10     Christian Spirituality
    THEO681     10     Theology, Literature and the Arts
    THEO682     10     Religion and Psychology
    THEO689     10     Science, Theology and Religion

    Patristics and Historical Studies
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    THEO621     10     Church Literature to Gregory the Great
    THEO643     10     Women and the Church
    THEO648     10     History and Development of the Church
    THEO655     10     History of the Church in Australia

    Interfaith and other Religious Studies
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    PHIL604      10     Issues in Philosophy of Religion
    THEO618     10     The Phenomenology of Religion
    THEO625     10     Issues in Ecumenism
    THEO632     10     Jews and Judaism
    THEO683     10     Religious Pluralism and Interfaith Dialogue
    THEO684     10     Theology and Reconciliation

    Biblical and Ecclesiastical Languages
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    THEO669     10     Ecclesiastical Latin A
    THEO670     10     Ecclesiastical Latin B (Pre: THEO669 Ecclesiastical Latin A or equivalent)
    THEO671     10     Biblical Hebrew A
    THEO672     10     Biblical Hebrew B (Pre: THEO671 Biblical Hebrew A or equivalent)
    THEL600     10     New Testament Greek A
    THEL601     10     New Testament Greek B (Pre: THEL600 New Testament Greek A)

    Research Units

    The following units in theological research may be included in one of the above specialisations with the approval of the Course Co-ordinator.
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    THEO608     10     One-Unit Project (Pre: Credit average grade or above in at least four units of the                              course)
    THEO613     20     Two-Unit Project (Pre: Credit average grade or above in at least four units of the                             course)
    THEO628     10     Introduction to Theological Research
    THEO633     10     Special Study

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