Bachelor of Theology (Honours)

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Bachelor of Theology (Honours)

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Program Code

12208

AQF Level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 1 years full time.

International - 1 years full time.

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor of Theology or cognate discipline such as the Bachelor of Arts Philosophy and Religion Major

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

This program will be rested for 2015, with no intake of new students.

Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Theology degree may undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree. The Honours degree allows students to further develop their theological knowledge and for students interested in progressing to postgraduate research award.

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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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Typically, students will have completed a Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Arts in a cognate discipline such as the Philosophy and Religion Major, with normally at least a credit grade average (5.0) based on all studies undertaken in the program and any additional work which may be prescribed by the Faculty Board. On completion of the relevant Bachelors degree, application is made directly to the University using the Direct Admission Application form available from the web, to be submitted to the relevant program officer. Please visit the following URL for the appropriate forms: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/student-forms/#admission  

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor of Theology or cognate discipline such as the Bachelor of Arts Philosophy and Religion Major


Credit Transfer

No credit permitted for Honours.


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

80 units

Program Duration

1 years full time up to 4 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

Full-time enrolment (80 units per year) will enable program completion in one year. Typical full time enrolment is as follows:

Semester One

RELT4010 Religion and Theology Honours I: Methods and Theory

RELT4030 Religion and Theology Honours III: Thesis Preparation and Literature Review

Semester Two

RELT4020 Religion and Theology Honours II: Directed Reading

RELT4040 Religion and Theology Honours IV: Final Thesis Submission.

Students may also complete the program over two years of part-time study. Part-time students should seek advice from the Program Convenor when enrolling to ensure the correct sequencing of course selection.


Transition Arrangements

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 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.


Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

RELT4010Religion and Theology Honours I: Methods and Theory
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
RELT4020Religion and Theology Honours II: Directed Study
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
RELT4030Religion and Theology Honours III: Research Thesis Preparations and Literature Review
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
RELT4040Religion and Theology Honours IV: Final Thesis Submission
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units

Honours

There are 3 classes of Honours available and they are awarded based on merit:

  • Class I: mark of 85% or over in the 80 honours units and the minimum of 75 from each examiner for the dissertation/project
  • Class II Division 1: mark of 75% - 84% in 80 honours units and an average mark of over 65% for the dissertation/project
  • Class II Division 2: mark of 65% - 74% in 80 honours units;
  • Class III: mark of 50% - 64% in 80 honours units
  • Fail: mark less than 50%

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate theological literacy and advanced understanding of religion through critical thinking, problem solving and decision making in order to undertake professional work, further learning and research
  • Evaluate and employ a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary methodologies in order to analyse and synthesise a broad range of diverse theological and religious perspectives, especially in research
  • Independently initiate and plan comprehensive research projects and adapt theological knowledge to solve and respond to complex problems
  • Utilise information technology appropriately and effectively in course tasks in order to communicate in a clear coherent manner with ethical integrity in different communities and contexts
  • Work collaboratively, responsibly and accountably in order to utilise talents for the benefit of others

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

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.


International Students

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/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs

Students with a disability 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 reasonable 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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