Bachelor of Theology

Handbook

Faculty of Education and Arts

Program Code

11703

Graduate Level

Undergraduate

Locations

UAC Code

  • 484600 - Newcastle (Callaghan)

CRICOS Code

Admission Instructions

Mode of delivery

Courses can be taken on campus at Callaghan and are also offered online. Students can take the entire degree online if they wish, or a blend of both online and face to face offerings. For online students, sufficient broadband is a requirement, as is a computing device that has the capacity for recording audio and video for some course assessment items.

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A theology program offers an opportunity to deepen your understanding of religious traditions and the impact that they have had, and continue to have, on the world in which we live today. The program focuses on the development of theological beliefs and practices across different religions, with special emphasis on Christianity and western civilisation. Theology is a liberal arts program and is open to all, irrespective of beliefs or religious or non-religious background. It provides a vital space for critical dialogue in today's multi-religious societies.


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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.

Please note: Students who take out the Diploma in Theology as an exit award from the Bachelor of Theology will not be permitted to re-enrol into the Bachelor of Theology.


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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to https://intraweb.newcastle.edu.au/catso/pages/credittransferhome.aspx to apply online. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.


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Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Theology degree with a credit average (GPA of 5.0) or greater, may undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree. The Bachelor of Theology (Honours) degree allows students to further develop their specific areas of interest and prepare for MPhil or PhD research. Please follow this link for further details on the program: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/12208.html


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

The program includes courses which assess reflection upon practices as well as work integrated learning for a range of workplace settings.


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle expects its ordinands to complete this degree as their formal educational qualifications, concurrently with vocational ministry training.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


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Students who would like to exit the degree after one year of study may do so with a Diploma in Theology (Exit Only). Please visit the program handbook for further information on this option: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/12229.html

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


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The Bachelor of Theology is an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification.

Choice is one of the great benefits of studying theology in the university. A wide range of courses is on offer in theology and topics include: world religions, contemplative practice, scrolls and scriptures, religion in film, and courses on modern and comparative theology. Liberal arts courses in philosophy, history, classics and social sciences are also popular electives, which can be found in the 'Further Information Section'.

The program is completed over three years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time) and requires students to successfully complete courses totalling 240 units comprising: 100 units of Core courses, 90 units of Directed courses, and 50 units of Electives. A maximum of 100 units at 1000 level may be counted towards your degree and at least 40 units at 3000 level must be successfully completed.


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As programs are regularly reviewed and updated some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements. Students already enrolled in the program will have the option to complete the award. Students who have successfully completed courses that have been removed from the program will still be able to count them towards their award. Any student who has completed a course that has directly been replaced by a newly coded course will not be eligible to undertake the new course. Students should consult with the Program Convenor or Student Hub for further information regarding transition arrangements.


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
RELT1010Theology: Searching the SpiritualSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT1020World ReligionsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT1030Introduction to Scrolls and ScripturesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 30 units from the following Directed Courses.
ABOR1110Introduction to Aboriginal StudiesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
HUMA1010The World's Great Thinkers, ISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT1011Christianity: History of a Global ReligionSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT1012Heresy and the Formation of the ChurchesSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT1021Religion in FilmSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT1022Buddhist and Other Contemplative PracticesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT1023Service Care in Religious OrganisationsNot currently offered10 units
RELT1031Biblical Hebrew Language Studies INot currently offered10 units
RELT1032New Testament Greek Language Studies INot currently offered10 units
SOCA1030Introduction to the Sociology of ReligionSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
RELT2010The Many Faces of JesusSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT2020Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity and IslamSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT2030Reading Scrolls and Scriptures: MethodologiesSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 30 units from the following Directed Courses.
HUMA2010The World's Great Thinkers, IISemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
PHIL2030Philosophy of ReligionSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
RELT2011AtheismNot currently offered10 units
RELT2012Church, State and Civil SocietySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT2013Spirituality, Religion and Visual CultureSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT2014Sacramental TheologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT2015History of the Christian Churches in AustraliaSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)10 units
RELT2021Directed Studies in Religion and TheologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT2022Religious EthicsNot currently offered10 units
RELT2023Interreligious DialogueNot currently offered10 units
RELT2024Psychology of ReligionNot currently offered10 units
RELT2031Biblical Hebrew Language Studies IINot currently offered10 units
RELT2032New Testament Greek Language Studies IINot currently offered10 units
RELT2033Hebrew BibleNot currently offered10 units
RELT2034New TestamentNot currently offered10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
RELT3010Modern Theology: Confession and ControversySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT3020Religion in the Secular WorldNot currently offered10 units
RELT3030Scrolls and Scriptures: Uses and AbusesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT3040Theology Work Integrated LearningSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 30 units from the following Directed Courses.
RELT2011AtheismNot currently offered10 units
RELT2012Church, State and Civil SocietySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT2022Religious EthicsNot currently offered10 units
RELT2023Interreligious DialogueNot currently offered10 units
RELT2024Psychology of ReligionNot currently offered10 units
RELT2033Hebrew BibleNot currently offered10 units
RELT2034New TestamentNot currently offered10 units
HIST3191The Christian World, 1400-1650Not currently offered20 units
HUMA3010Debating the Big IdeasSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
20 units
SOCA3902Religion and Politics in Contemporary SocietyNot currently offered10 units
Choose 30 units from Directed Courses, or additional courses from the 2nd year directed course list.
RELT3011Directed Studies in TheologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT3012Apocalypse Now: Theology at the End of the WorldNot currently offered10 units
RELT3021Directed Studies in Religion and Civil SocietyNot currently offered10 units
RELT3022Jewish Thought after the HolocaustSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT3023Islam: History, Theology and CultureNot currently offered10 units
RELT3024Religious LawNot currently offered10 units
RELT3031Directed Studies of ScripturesNot currently offered10 units
RELT3032The New Testament in the Greco Roman WorldNot currently offered10 units
Back to topElectives (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 50 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.50 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)