Issues in [Topic]

The unit Issues in [Topic] provides students with an opportunity to focus 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 issue that presents contemporary challenges to some area of Christian life or ministry. While introductory in nature, it differs from X5191 (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 within the Diploma 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



18 credit points including 9 credit points in the Discipline in focus



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Outline the major elements of challenge involved in the topic;
  2. Explain the intellectual and/or cultural factors that influence the issue;
  3. Select information from a range of relevant sources to inform the study of the issue;
  4. Describe the impact of the issue in the life and ministry of the contemporary church;
  5. Produce a clearly structured statement of a theologically appropriate response to the challenges presented within the issue.
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