Bachelor of Christian Studies

Bachelor of Christian Studies

 

3 Years  Full Time

96 Credit Points

Fee –Help, Payments Centrelink Approved (Austudy)

9 Max Years Part Time

Blended /OnlineCourse

 

Rationale

Introduces students to the sources and content of the Christian story and message, and provides training which emphasises application of this story to life in the world, including professional and vocational life.

The course will be based on the disciplines by which knowledge of God is developed and articulated in two main fields:

  • Bible & Languages (LA, OT, NT, BB)
  • Christian Thought & History (TH, CH, PE)

It will also provide an approach to synthesising this understanding with particular occupational and/or life interests in ‘integrated studies’ (IN).

Through elective units students can

  • Develop foundational understanding in the Bible and Christian Thought & History
  • Develop particular practical Counselling skills in the Ministry & Practice

Course Structure

96 credit points over 3 years (F/T)

Common Core

  • Old Testament (OT301 & OT302): 8 cps
  • New Testament (NT301 & NT302): 8 cps
  • Church History (CH301, CH302 or CH305): 4 cps
  • Theology (TH401 – TH404): 4 cps

Primary Course Discipline

  • Old Testament and/or New Testament exegesis: 8 cps
  • Church History and/or Theology: 8 cps
  • Independent study that relates to the student’s non-theological area of study to the Christian faith (IN490): 4 cps

Credit Electives

  • Elective units, including a maximum of 8 cps Type B Electives (if offered): 20 cps

Non-Theological Study (Counselling)

  • At least one year F/T equivalent of degree level study at an Australian University in a non-theological field of which at least 75% must form a coherent area of study: applied as 32 cps

Units in this course are completed at 300/400 level.

Admission Requirements

Academic Qualifications: Year 12 or equivalent, Year 12 students in up two 300 level units

Mature Age Entry: 21 years +

Learning Outcomes

Discipline knowledge and understanding

  1. Demonstratefunctional knowledge and understanding of ‘Christian Studies’ as an academic discipline
  2. Discuss the interaction between Christian Studies and at least one other non-theological field of knowledge and understanding
  3. Apply thefunctional spiritual and ethical implications of Christian Studies and at least one other non-theological field of knowledge and understanding

Inquiry and analysis

  1. Collect, analyse, evaluate and synthesizerecognised scholarship in Christian Studies and other non-theological fields of knowledge and understanding in inquiry-based learning

Problem solving and integration

  1. Synthesize Christian Studies with at least one other non-theological field of knowledge and understanding
  2. Construct evidence-based perspectives onfunctional issues in Christian Studies and other non-theological fields of knowledge and understanding  by using recognized source materials and       relevant scholarly literature, evaluating alternative interpretations and drawing reasoned conclusions

Communication

  1. Presentfunctional ideas, knowledge and principles in Christian Studies and other non-theological fields of knowledge and understanding to, and engage with, different audiences using a             variety of formats

Teamwork and professional practice

  1. As leader and in groups, applyfunctional ‘Christian Studies’ understanding in formal ministry contexts, professional and vocational life, and the wider community

Engagement with the world

  1. Engage with thefunctional challenges of contemporary Christianity, society and the wider world

Continuous learning and professional development

  1. Demonstrate a capacity for independent reflection and learning to sustain personal and professional development in Christian, professional and vocational life and ministry

Fees

We are following ACT tuition fee and policies.

Information about tuition fees, FEE-HELP, and student payments, view tuition fees.

Course Rules

  • Max cps per semester: 20
  • A maximum of 12 cps may be taken in Type B elective units.
  • A maximum of 16 cps may be studied in DSC mode, including no more than 8 cps in any one field of study.
  • No more than 28 cps of 300 level units can be counted in a student’s course of study. Biblical language units (LA0**) are not counted as foundational level units for this requirement.

Occupational functions of graduates

  • Assuming that the graduate completes his or her university degree, he or she could reasonably expect to become a member of a non-theological profession with well-informed knowledge of the essential content of the Christian tradition, or
  • Depending on the units taken in the course, a graduate might be expected to participate as a member of a church educational, pastoral ministry team or professional Christian counsellor under the leadership of a well-qualified practitioner.

 

*This course is a new developing course focused on counselling subjects within the structure of Bachelor Christian Studies

This course award will be issued by ACT(Australian College of Theology) through MST (Melbourne School of Theology).

 

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