Directed Studies in Theology 1
|Course code THEO3004||Units 10||Level 3000||Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science|
The aim of this course is to provide the opportunity for students to use the skills and knowledge which they have developed in other courses within the programme and apply them to a particular area of study and/or to a practical vocational experience in greater depth. With the assistance of a supervising tutor students will be required to define an area of study, prepare a learning contract and timetable for their studies, and develop an appropriate bibliography and mode of assessment. The special study will be completed during one semester and the field of study will therefore need to be approved before that semester begins. Students may choose from one of the following broad areas of study:
- Sacred texts, culture and context
- Development of doctrine and practice
For example, within the Sacred texts, culture and context area a student may, in consultation with a supervising tutor, develop a focused study in one of the following illustrative areas: The Prophets, The Pentateuch, New Testament Epistles, Apocalyptic, Eschatological & Wisdom literature.
Students may also propose a vocational experience as the context for their study and reflection, for example in a place of worship, welfare agency, pastoral context or institution.
Not available in 2014
|Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009|
|Objectives||Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate any of the following: |
- Meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Theology degree of the University of Newcastle, by achieving and self-assessing their growth in selected Theology Graduate Attributes, under appropriate supervision;
- Be well-prepared for transition to practice through enhanced theological insights and knowledge, across a range of secular and/or ministry workplace settings (private, public and ecclesial);
- Communicate effectively with people of different Faiths, and/or colleagues practising in related disciplines, vocations or professions (eg. sociology, psychology, health sciences, teaching, social services, religious ministry);
- Communicate theological understandings and awareness of other spiritual health beliefs and behaviours in a number of appropriate ways (oral presentations or dialogue, reflective journals or critical reviews) and levels of discourse.
|Content||Supervised Reading and/or Practical Experience|
Once the details of the Learning Contract have been approved by a Supervisor, the student and supervisor will meet to agree on details of supervision and contact, relevant learning experiences and work-related activities expected of the student. During the semester, students will normally be expected to meet fortnightly with their supervisor to discuss their progress on the learning outcomes and feedback on their professionalism (re theology graduate attributes). Before the end of the agreed project duration, the student will again meet with the supervisor to review the achievements and discuss the student's professionalism.
|Replacing Course(s)||Not applicable|
|Assumed Knowledge||20 units THEO courses at 1000/2000 level|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term|