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Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDipTheol)


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Title Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDipTheol)
Course Code G1050
Study Level Graduate Diploma
Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
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Academic Chair: Professor Rowan Strong | Email: R.Strong@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6470

Qualification Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDipTheol)
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The Graduate Diploma in Theology provides substantial theological grounding for teachers in religious schools and staff in church agencies. It is also an excellent way for those with a general interest in Theology to obtain a significant foundation in the key areas of theological inquiry. The course introduces students to biblical studies, methods of theological construction, and the history of Christianity. Students are then able to develop their knowledge further in these areas through the selection of appropriate electives.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings A recognised Bachelors degree (AQF level 7) or higher.
An alternative pathway through completion of the Wollaston certificate (offered by Wollaston College) to a recognised standard is available.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Course Learning Outcomes 1. An understanding of the socio-historical and political background to the Old Testament and New Testament texts
2. An understanding of the major content and themes of the Old Testament and New Testament
3. Proficiency in exegesis of Old Testament and New Testament texts, and the historical critical method
4. A knowledge of the content and themes of history of the church
5. An ability to analyse historical documents
6. Be able to describe the main themes of Christian Theology
7. Explain theological methods
8. Discuss a diversity of theological opinions in depth
9. Option to explore areas of Practical theology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 24 credit points

Core Units - 12 credit points

THE506 Old Testament and its World - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE507 New Testament and its World - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE505 Introduction to Theology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE509 Turning Points in Church History - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Specified Electives - 12 credit points

THE528 Spirituality - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

THE510 Emerging Christian Theology: The Creeds (100-500 CE) - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE645 Pastoral Care - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

THE624 Ethics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external

THE620 Old Testament Exegesis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE621 New Testament Exegesis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE623 History of the Reformation Era - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE619 Triune God - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE627 Understanding Religion in Australian Society - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

TLC501 Communication Skills for Postgraduate Study - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

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