Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.
Bachelor of Theology
Information correct as at
6th May 2016 1:53pm
Level 7 Bachelor Degree
Mode of Delivery
- Combination of Online and Face to Face
- Face to Face
Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.
This program is only available to continuing students. Students wishing to study religion should refer to the Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy and Religion Major: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-arts/handbook
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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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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
3 years full time or part time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
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.
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'.
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.
Choose 30 units from the following directed courses
|ABOR1110||Introduction to Aboriginal Studies||10 units|
|HUMA1010||The World's Great Thinkers, I||10 units|
|SOCA1030||Introduction to the Sociology of Religion||10 units|
Choose 30 units from the following directed courses
|HUMA2010||The World's Great Thinkers, II||10 units|
|PHIL2030||Philosophy of Religion||10 units|
|RELT2021||Directed Studies in Religion and Theology||10 units|
Choose 30 units from the following directed courses, or additional courses from the 2000 level directed course list.
|HUMA3010||Debating the Big Ideas||20 units|
|RELT3021||Directed Studies in Religion and Civil Society||10 units|
|SOCA3902||Religion and Politics in Contemporary Society||10 units|
Complete 50 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
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
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate theological literacy and broad coherent understanding of religion through critical thinking in order to undertake professional work and further learning.
- Evaluate and employ one or more disciplinary methodological approaches in order to analyse and synthesise a broad range of diverse theological and religious perspectives.
- Utilise information technology appropriately and effectively 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.
- Independently initiate and plan research projects and adapt theological knowledge to solve and respond to problems.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.