Introduction to [Topic]

This unit is generic and can be applied to any discipline or sub discipline. The unit will be tailored by Sydney College of Divinity teaching colleges to provide an opportunity for students to focus at a foundational level on an area of study (the topic) within a discipline or sub-discipline that is not available elsewhere in the curriculum. The particular topic might include: an examination of contemporary themes or current issues in the discipline; exploration of developments in research and theory; a consideration of the implications of developments in research and theory to a broad range of issues of current concern to Christian life, ministry or theology; or an opportunity to learn new theories and skills and to apply them in practical or simulated circumstances.

Generic “teaching” units contribute to flexibility in teaching practice through innovations and increase student engagement in learning. It allows lecturers to respond to student initiatives, to the latest developments in the disciplines, and to the availability of leaders in the field. These units provide an opportunity through lectures, seminars, guided research, or other means to engage students with ground breaking research, creative initiatives, and stimulating variations from the standard curriculum.

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Can be offered in any discipline or sub discipline

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the topic selected for consideration
  2. Describe a range of primary and secondary literature dealing with the topic
  3. Evaluate the topic using the methodologies appropriate to the discipline
  4. Show competence in practical skills and/or descriptive, critical and analytic skills with respect to the topic.
  5. Apply the results of their study to enrich Christian life, ministry, or theology
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