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Bachelor of Theology

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points, normally comprising 24 subjects.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Theology is offered in conjunction with St Mark's National Theological Centre in Canberra and United Theological College in North Parramatta, to equip students to undertake lay religious ministry functions or to pursue ordination.

CSU's Bachelor of Theology aims to deepen students' faith understanding in whatever context they live or work.

What will I learn?

Students may choose to study only theology subjects or they may prefer to integrate their study of theology with another area of interest to further enrich their program.

Learning facilities

The joining of St Mark's and UTC with CSU means students have access to outstanding resources. Both St Mark's and UTC have significant theological libraries. Students looking to ordination or professional ministry will find offerings which are vocationally oriented, ecumenically sensitive and integrated with practical experience.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Career opportunities include chaplaincy in a variety of institutional settings, such as military, prisons, police, ambulance, hospital, trade and industry, or work in the social welfare arms of charities and the church, e.g. overseas development aid, communication functions, marriage and family counselling. Graduates may also use the generalist skills and specialist vocational training provided by the Bachelor of Theology as a good grounding for a career in many fields.

Course structure

The course consists of 24 subjects. The equivalent of 19 subjects must be theological subjects.
The degree can be structured in one of two ways:

  • two majors, one minor, and three restricted electives,
    or
  • one major; two minors and six restricted electives

Either structure must include:

  • a minimum of five subjects in both Biblical Studies and Theological Studies, either as a minor (five subjects) or as part of a major (eight subjects),
    and
  • nine core subjects as follows, the first six of which count towards required subjects in Biblical Studies and Theological Studies, respectively:

Biblical Studies

THL101 New Testament Greek 1
THL105 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
THL106 Introduction to New Testament Studies

Theological Studies

THL111 Introduction to Christian Theology
THL113 Being the Church
THL215 Jesus the Christ

Mission and Pastoral Studies

One subject from this subdiscipline -

Church History

THL131 The Christian Church to 500 CE
and either
THL132 Reformation Church History (1500-1700 CE)
or
THL231 Australian Church History from 1788 CE

No more than ten Level 1 subjects (80 points) may be counted towards the Bachelor of Theology degree.

Majors

A major is a group of eight subjects in the same subdiscipline that reflects both breadth and depth of knowledge. Unless otherwise specified, two subjects must be studied at Level 1, at least two subjects at Level 2, and at least two subjects at Level 3. Majors are available in the following subdisciplines:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Theological Studies
  • Mission and Pastoral Studies
  • Church History

Minors

A minor is a group of five subjects in the same subdiscipline. Unless otherwise specified, two subjects must be studied at Level 1, at least one subject at Level 2, and at least one subject at Level 3. Minors are available in the following subdisciplines:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Theological Studies
  • Mission and Pastoral Studies
  • Church History
  • Art History
  • English
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Social Welfare
  • Sociology

Restricted electives

These may be taken from major and minor areas and, subject to some restrictions, from many other areas of study the University offers.

MAJORS

BIBLICAL STUDIES

Level 1

THL101 New Testament Greek 1
THL105 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
THL106 Introduction to New Testament Studies
Students may also choose:
THL102 Hebrew 1

Level 2

At least two of the following:
THL202 Old Testament History and Narrative
THL203 Paul and His Letters
THL204 New Testament Greek 2
THL205 Luke-Acts
THL208 The Gospels of Matthew and Mark
THL209 Wisdom and Worship Traditions
THL241 Hebrew 2

Level 3

At least two of the following:
THL301 Alternative New Testament Voices
THL302 New Testament Greek 3
THL303 Judaism and Early Christianity
THL304 The Pentateuch
THL305 New Testament Exegesis in Greek
THL306 Hebrew 3
THL307 The Johannine Literature
THL308 The Prophetic Literature
THL309 New Testament Theology
THL341 Guided Research

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

Level 1

THL111 Introduction to Christian Theology
THL113 Being the Church

Level 2

At least two of the following:
THL211 God, Creation and Ecology
THL214 The Holy Spirit and Christian Hope
THL215 Jesus the Christ
THL222 Pastoral Theology
THL223 Christianity and Australian Society
THL224 Theological Ethics
THL236 Science and Religion
THL252 Theological and Ethical Issues for Youth Ministry

Level 3

At least two of the following:
THL309 New Testament Theology
THL313 Feminist Theology
THL314 Sacramental Theology
THL315 Anglican Foundations
THL316 The Triune God
THL334 Interfaith Dialogue
THL341 Guided Research

MISSION AND PASTORAL STUDIES

Level 1

At least two of the following:
THL121 Introduction to Christian Ministry
THL122 Pastoral Care
THL123 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics
THL151 Introduction to Youth Ministry
THL152 Youth Ministry: Practice and Leadership

Level 2

At least two of the following:
THL222 Pastoral Theology
THL223 Christianity and Australian Society
THL224 Biblical and Social Ethics
THL225 Aboriginal Culture and Spiritualities
THL226 Christian Education
THL227 Uniting Church Studies
THL228 Pastoral Care Interventions
THL242 New Religious Movements, Cults and Sects
THL251 Youth, Evangelism and Discipleship
THL252 Theological and Ethical Issues for Youth Ministry
THL254 Youth, Culture and Mission

Level 3

At least two of the following:
THL314 Sacramental Theology
THL315 Anglican Foundations
THL322 Theology, the Arts and Film
THL323 Christian Worship
THL325 Advanced Pastoral Care
THL332 Christian Mission: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
THL334 Interfaith Dialogue
THL341 Guided Research

CHURCH HISTORY

Level 1

THL131 The Christian Church to 500 CE
THL132 Reformation Church History (1500-1700 CE)

Level 2

At least two of the following:
THL231 Australian Church History from 1788 CE
THL232 European Church History from 1789 CE
THL234 British Church History from 1815 CE
THL235 Medieval Church History (500-1500 CE)

Level 3

At least two of the following:
THL303 Judaism and Early Christianity
THL314 Sacramental Theology
THL332 Christian Mission: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
THL341 Guided Research

MINORS

BIBLICAL STUDIES

Level 1

THL101 New Testament Greek 1
THL105 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
THL106 Introduction to New Testament Studies

Level 2

At least one of the following:
THL202 Old Testament History and Narrative
THL203 Paul and His Letters
THL205 Luke-Acts
THL208 The Gospels of Matthew and Mark
THL209 Wisdom and Worship Traditions

Level 3

At least one of the following:
THL301 Alternative New Testament Voices
THL303 Judaism and Early Christianity
THL304 The Pentateuch
THL307 The Johannine Literature
THL308 The Prophetic Literature
THL309 New Testament Theology

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

Level 1

THL111 Introduction to Christian Theology
THL113 Being the Church

Level 2

At least one of the following:
THL211 God, Creation and Ecology
THL214 The Holy Spirit and Christian Hope
THL215 Jesus the Christ
THL222 Pastoral Theology
THL223 Christianity and Australian Society
THL224 Theological Ethics
THL236 Science and Religion
THL252 Theological and Ethical Issues for Youth Ministry

Level 3

At least one of the following:
THL309 New Testament Theology
THL313 Feminist Theology
THL314 Sacramental Theology
THL315 Anglican Foundations
THL316 The Triune God
THL334 Interfaith Dialogue

MISSION AND PASTORAL STUDIES

Level 1

At least two of the following:
THL121 Introduction to Christian Ministry
THL122 Pastoral Care
THL123 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics
THL151 Introduction to Youth Ministry
THL152 Youth Ministry: Practice and Leadership

Level 2

At least one of the following:
THL222 Pastoral Theology
THL223 Christianity and Australian Society
THL224 Theological Ethics
THL225 Aboriginal Culture and Spirituality
THL226 Christian Education
THL227 Uniting Church Studies
THL228 Pastoral Care Interventions
THL242 New Religious Movements, Cults and Sects
THL251 Youth, Evangelism and Discipleship
THL252 Theological and Ethical Issues for Youth Ministry
THL254 Youth, Culture and Mission

Level 3

At least one of the following:
THL314 Sacramental Theology
THL315 Anglican Foundations
THL322 Theology, the Arts and Film
THL323 Christian Worship
THL325 Advanced Pastoral Care
THL332 Christian Mission: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
THL334 Interfaith Dialogue

CHURCH HISTORY

Level 1

THL131 The Christian Church to 500 CE
THL132 Reformation Church History (1500-1700 CE)

Level 2

At least one of the following:
THL231 Australian Church History from 1788 CE
THL232 European Church History from 1789 CE
THL234 British Church History from 1815 CE
THL235 Medieval Church History (500-1500 CE)

Level 3

At least one of the following:
THL303 Judaism and Early Christianity
THL314 Sacramental Theology
THL332 Christian Mission: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Additional Minors

Art History

Level 1

ART113 European Art 1850-1920: Origins of Modernity
ART114 Modern Art - Twentieth Century 1920-1970

Level 2

At least one of the following:
ART210 Australian Art to 1939**
ART215 Australian Art from 1939**
ART214 Aspects of Design, 1850 to the Present
ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

Level 3

At least one of the following:
ART310 Issues in Contemporary Art
ART316 Italian Renaissance Art
ART317 Art and Books
ART318 The Body in Art

** All students must complete either ART210 or ART215.
Note: some Level 3 subjects may be offered in rotation from year to year.

English

Level 1

LIT107 English Literature 1
LIT108 English Literature 2

Level 2

At least one of the following:
LIT201 Irish Literature
LIT212 American Literature
LIT214 Australian Literature
LIT216 Introduction to Literary Theory
LIT221 Creative Writing
or
WRT210 Writing for Publication
LIT222 Contemporary Children's Texts

Level 3

At least one of the following:
COM327 Literature and Film
LIT301 Modernism
LIT302 Contemporary Australian Writing
LIT303 The English Novel from Austen to Lawrence
LIT316 Children's Fiction

History

Level 1

HST101 The Contemporary World 1
HST102 The Contemporary World 2

Level 2

At least one of the following:
HST201 Colonial Australia
HST204 Twentieth Century Australia
HST210 Media and Society in the Twentieth Century
HST211 Gender, Sexuality and Identity in Europe from 1890
HST212 Film and History

Level 3

At least one of the following:
HST301 International History From 1945
HST303 Literature and Society
HST308 Australia and Asia
HST310 Drugs and Alcohol: Historical Perspectives
HST311 Local History in Context

Psychology

Level 1

PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1M
PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2M

Level 2

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
And one of the following:
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
PSY208 Biopsychology

Level 3

At least one of the following:
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY303 Psychology of Language
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY306 Theories of Psychological Intervention
PSY307 Cognition
PSY308 Psychology of Learning

Philosophy

Level 1

PHL101 Applied Ethics
PHL103 Theories of Human Nature

Level 2

At least one of the following:
PHL201 Critical Reasoning
PHL202 Ethical Theory
POL205 Political Ideas
PHL206 Problems of Philosophy
PHL209 Theories of Justice

Level 3

At least one of the following:
PHL301 Philosophy of Religion
PHL302 Values and Decisions
PHL304 Philosophy of Science

Sociology

Level 1

SOC101 Introductory Sociology
SOC102 Social Inequality

Level 2

At least one of the following:
SOC203 Sociology of Youth
SOC205 Social Research
JST222 Policing and Society
SOC212 Class: Images and Reality
SOC215 Gender, Family and Society
SOC216 Understanding Rural Society

Level 3

At least one of the following:
SOC302 Environment and Society
SOC303 Sociological Theory
SOC314 Organisations, Culture and Society
SOC305 Australian Culture, Myths and Nationalism
SOC308 Community Analysis

Social Welfare

Level 1

HCS111 Introduction to Social Welfare
HCS103 Fields of Practice

Level 2

LAW211 Law for the Human Services I
SPE201 Politics and Social Policy in Australia

Level 3

One of the following:
HCS310 Mental Health and Mental Disorder
WEL306 Non-metropolitan Welfare

Enrolment pattern

Because of the flexibility of the course structure, there is no single specified enrolment pattern. Students will structure their enrolment patterns according to the majors and minors they have chosen, to prerequisite requirements and to availability of subjects in a given session.

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Canberra; Parramatta

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

3 years full-time on campus
6 years part-time by distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

65

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