Prospective and newly commencing students should refer to our new program

Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.

Program handbook

Description

The increasing demand for highly qualified professionally competent leaders, managers and educators has become an important feature of modern professions worldwide.  The Graduate Certificate in Theology is a postgraduate program that offers the opportunity for theological graduates, or graduates in cognate disciplines, to expand their learning, explore theological disciplines in a depth they had been unable to achieve in their first theological degree, and better equip them with the higher learning skills they had begun to develop through their undergraduate studies.  The program provides graduates with training and experience (according to personal or professional development needs) by developing expertise in the fast moving areas of theological studies, which investigate key aspects of ancient and global religious traditions.

Students in the Graduate Certificate of Theology may take a generic program or specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Spirituality
  • Liturgical Studies
  • Religious Education
  • Mission and Culture
  • Youth and Campus Ministry

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrate theological literacy and coherent understanding of religion and theology
  • Demonstrate skills of critical thinking, problem solving and decision making in order to undertake professional work and further learning in religion and theology
  • Evaluate and/or employ one or more disciplinary and interdisciplinary methodologies in order to analyse and synthesise a range of diverse theological and religious perspectives
  • Utilise technology appropriately to facilitate the communication of complex knowledge in a clear coherent manner with ethical integrity to different communities and contexts

Details

Information correct as at21st Apr 2018 6:37am
Program code12211
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Mode of delivery
  • Online - Broken Bay Institute delivers courses through Online, Distance and Seminar modes. Some courses may be available on the Callaghan campus.
Duration
  • Australian students - 0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 0.5 years full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Education and Arts
Contributing schools
  1. School of Education
  2. School of Humanities and Social Science
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code084167D

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Credit transfer

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, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Theology will be eligible for 40 units of credit towards the Master of Theology Award.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

40 units

Program duration

0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 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

This program is only available for currently enrolled students. No new applications for admission will be accepted.

Qualification for the Graduate Certificate in Theology award requires the successful completion of 40 units of coursework. 

On completion of the Graduate Certificate, graduates will be eligible for entry into the Master of Theology program with 40 units of credit in that award. The Master Theology is a 160 unit program.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

Additional documents


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

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

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
RELT6030Biblical Studies - FoundationsNot currently offered10 units
RELT6040Theological Studies: FoundationsNot currently offered10 units

Religious Education specialisation

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6043Religious Education: Theory and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
RELT6001Advanced Liturgy: Theory and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
RELT6002Origins and Development of the Early ChurchNot currently offered10 units
RELT6003Advanced Studies in Christian EthicsNot currently offered10 units
RELT6004Advanced Studies in Hebrew BibleNot currently offered10 units
RELT6005Advanced Studies in the New TestamentNot currently offered10 units
RELT6006The Many Faces of Jesus Christ: Advanced Studies in ChristologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT6007Theology of Religious EducationNot currently offered10 units
RELT6009Ecological TheologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT6010The Church in the World: Advanced Studies in EcclesiologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT6011Advanced Studies in Education and MissiologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT6013Critical Studies in Faith and CultureNot currently offered10 units
RELT6014Advanced Sacramental Theology: A Living TraditionNot currently offered10 units
RELT6015Missiology: Critical Studies for a Secular, Plural, Globalised WorldNot currently offered10 units
RELT6016Studies in SpiritualityNot currently offered10 units
RELT6017Advanced Studies in SpiritualityNot currently offered10 units
RELT6020Advanced Studies in Leadership for MissionNot currently offered10 units
RELT6022Religion and Young People in AustraliaNot currently offered10 units
RELT6023Social Teaching of the Catholic ChurchNot currently offered10 units
RELT6025Advanced Studies in ContextualisationNot currently offered10 units
RELT6032Advanced Studies - DirectedNot currently offered10 units
RELT6033Advanced Biblical StudiesNot currently offered10 units
RELT6037Advanced Canon Law 1Not currently offered10 units
RELT6044Studies of Religion: Living Conversations, Interfaith ConnectionsNot currently offered10 units
RELT6054Religion and Popular Culture in the 21st CenturyNot currently offered10 units
RELT6055Advanced Studies in IslamNot currently offered10 units
RELT6056Philosophy and TheologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT6057Advanced Studies in Judaism - Past and PresentNot currently offered10 units
RELT6058Interfaith and Inter-religious DialogueNot currently offered10 units

Generic Specialisation

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6043Religious Education: Theory and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
RELT6001Advanced Liturgy: Theory and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
RELT6002Origins and Development of the Early ChurchNot currently offered10 units
RELT6003Advanced Studies in Christian EthicsNot currently offered10 units
RELT6004Advanced Studies in Hebrew BibleNot currently offered10 units
RELT6005Advanced Studies in the New TestamentNot currently offered10 units
RELT6006The Many Faces of Jesus Christ: Advanced Studies in ChristologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT6007Theology of Religious EducationNot currently offered10 units
RELT6009Ecological TheologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT6010The Church in the World: Advanced Studies in EcclesiologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT6011Advanced Studies in Education and MissiologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT6013Critical Studies in Faith and CultureNot currently offered10 units
RELT6014Advanced Sacramental Theology: A Living TraditionNot currently offered10 units
RELT6015Missiology: Critical Studies for a Secular, Plural, Globalised WorldNot currently offered10 units
RELT6016Studies in SpiritualityNot currently offered10 units
RELT6017Advanced Studies in SpiritualityNot currently offered10 units
RELT6020Advanced Studies in Leadership for MissionNot currently offered10 units
RELT6022Religion and Young People in AustraliaNot currently offered10 units
RELT6023Social Teaching of the Catholic ChurchNot currently offered10 units
RELT6025Advanced Studies in ContextualisationNot currently offered10 units
RELT6032Advanced Studies - DirectedNot currently offered10 units
RELT6033Advanced Biblical StudiesNot currently offered10 units
RELT6037Advanced Canon Law 1Not currently offered10 units
RELT6044Studies of Religion: Living Conversations, Interfaith ConnectionsNot currently offered10 units
RELT6050Religion and Theology in the 21st CenturyNot currently offered10 units
RELT6054Religion and Popular Culture in the 21st CenturyNot currently offered10 units
RELT6055Advanced Studies in IslamNot currently offered10 units
RELT6056Philosophy and TheologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT6057Advanced Studies in Judaism - Past and PresentNot currently offered10 units
RELT6058Interfaith and Inter-religious DialogueNot currently offered10 units

Additional information

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.

All Theology courses offered as 'Online-Broken Bay Institute (BBI)', 'Seminar-Broken Bay Institute (BBI)' or 'Distance-Broken Bay Institute (BBI)', will be taught through The Broken Bay Institute, a leading provider in online/seminar/distance Catholic theological education. BBI courses are open to all and delivered in partnership with the University of Newcastle. For more information, visit The Broken Bay Institute website and make direct contact with the Institute http://www.bbi.catholic.edu.au/.


International students

International students can only study this program online offshore.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online