Introduction to [Topic]

The unit Introduction to [Topic] provides students with an opportunity to focus at an introductory level on an area of study (the topic) within a discipline or subdiscipline that is not available elsewhere in the curriculum.  It is designed to present a general overview of a contemporary or emergent issue or theme of current concern to Christian life, ministry or theology. The unit is an Elective unit which, when applied to a specific Discipline, forms part of a Specialisation within that Discipline within the postgraduate awards.

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. Establish the major elements involved in the topic that affect contemporary Christian thought or practice;
  2. Analyse the factors that have given rise to the topic;
  3. Review the topic as it is represented in recent scholarship;
  4. Assess the impact of the topic on contemporary Christian thought or practice;
  5. Produce a position paper that applies a core aspect of the topic to contemporary Christian thought or practice.
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