Issues in [Topic]

The unit Issues in (Topic) provides students with an opportunity to focus at an advanced 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 stimulate focused analysis of a current or emergent issue that presents contemporary challenges to some area of Christian life or ministry. It differs in nature from X8191 (Introduction to Topic) in its more focused treatment of a designated challenging topic as distinct from a more general overview. 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.

This unit is generic and can be applied to any discipline or sub discipline. 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.

Study Level



Can be offered in any discipline or sub discipline

Credit Points



9 credit points in the Discipline in focus



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Establish the major elements of challenge involved in the issue;
  2. Analyse the interplay of intellectual/cultural and theological/religious factors that have shaped the issue;
  3. Review the topic from the perspective of a range of contemporary viewpoints represented in recent scholarship;
  4. Evaluate the impact of the issue in its immediate context;
  5. Produce a recommendation for a theologically and culturally appropriate response to the challenges presented within the issue.
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