BBI-TAITE Units

All Directed studies, Capstone Units and IMER900 will be offered in all trimesters as required by students.

Units

2021 Availability

THEO802

Theological Studies: Themes, Thinkers and Methods

Unit overview and content

This unit builds on the skills and knowledge developed in the area of Theological Studies in THEO800 and provides students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in this specialised field. Students will study theology as a ‘discipline among disciplines’ as it has been expressed in history and with a special focus on its various manifestations today and its approach to faith and revelation. The course will pay particular attention to important theologians and vital theological issues in the current context.

The unit will cover the following content:

  • Theology, its foundations, and its methods across the traditions
  • Theology and Faith
  • Theology and Revelation
  • Theology Today

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.

2021 Availability
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THEO820

Encountering Jesus the Christ

Students who have completed THEO920 Christology should NOT enrol in THEO820.

Unit overview and content

This unit provides an opportunity for an in-depth encounter with Christ: the eternal Word of God made flesh in the person of Jesus of Nazareth; and the risen, universal Christ who promised to be with us always. The unit explores theological understandings of Jesus, his strategy, words, deeds, and death including many of the debates surrounding the reasons for his crucifixion and the Church’s Christological formulations.  It also explores his resurrection and several areas of contemporary study in the field of Christology.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Lecturer

Dr Charles Waddell

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.

2021 Availability
T1
T2
T3

THEO830

Foundations in Liturgy

Unit overview and content

This unit provides an introduction to the principles and practices of liturgy and its underpinning theology within the Catholic tradition. It examines the nature of Christian ritual and liturgy, and its origins and development. There is a special focus on the significant reforms of the Second Vatican Council through a critical exploration of key liturgical documents and rites, including an overview of the sacraments. Students will explore a variety of questions and issues concerning contemporary liturgy.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Lecturer

Prof Gerard Moore

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.

2021 Availability
T1
T2
T3

THEO900

Advanced Studies in Theology for the 21st Century

Unit overview and content

This unit provides students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the field of theology through sustained engagement with the works of key contemporary theologians and their approach to vital issues of the day.

In light of this, students will be introduced to the thought of three contemporary theologians. They will be invited to engage with US theologian Elizabeth Johnson (b. 1941 -) , Australian theologian Denis Edwards (1943-2019), and Filipina theologian Agnes Brazal (b. 1960 -). Devoting four weeks to each theologian will allow students to have a sense of the issues and questions they engage with, the progression of their thought, their theological method, and the implications of their work.

• For Professor Emerita Elizabeth A. Johnson – Click to view BIO
• For Professor Denis Edwards – Click to view BIO
• For Professor Agnes Brazal – Click to view BIO

Assumed knowledge or prerequisites

It will be expected that students have successfully completed THEO800, THEO801 and THEO802 from the BBI Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies, unless otherwise approved by the course coordinator. Students who enter the Master of Theological Studies with the equivalent of prior study in theology or a cognate discipline at the Graduate Certificate level will be understood to have met this requirement.

Study hours

15 hours per week for 8 week Trimester ( in Trimester 3 2017-18), comprised of:

  • Directed supervision and directed reading

Lecturer

Dr Cristina Lledo Gomez

Teaching methods

Online Directed Supervision

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.

2021 Availability
T1
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THEO901

Research and Praxis in Theological Studies

Unit overview and content

Advanced studies in the theology require students to have knowledge of, and to be able to apply, a diverse range of research principles and methodologies in order to be able to propose, justify and interpret theoretical propositions, conclusions and professional decisions in their leadership positions. Furthermore, graduates of the Master of Theological Studies need to demonstrate that they are able to communicate and implement their knowledge of these disciplines within diverse contexts and by using a range of presentation skills. In this unit, students will build up the foundational knowledge and skills required to demonstrate these outcomes which will be applied at a more advanced level at a later point in their course. The unit will provide an overview of research methodologies used within these disciplines and the opportunity to apply these to selected issues.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.

2021 Availability
T1
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THEO902

Capstone Project in Theological Studies

Unit overview and content

This capstone project provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their attainment of the requisite course outcomes for the Master of Theological Studies course by synthesising the knowledge they have attained throughout their studies with the advanced research and presentation skills that they have developed into a research or research/application project of their own choosing.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Lecturer

Dr Michelle Jones

Teaching methods

Online lectures; one-to-one supervision.

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.

2021 Availability
T1
T2
T3

THEO910

Kings, Priests and Prophets: Leadership in the Hebrew Bible

Unit overview and content

This unit provides the opportunity for students to study the background and literature of the Hebrew Bible, commonly referred to as the Old Testament, at an advanced level with a particular focus on the theme of leadership. The unit utilises the tools of Biblical scholarship to study in detail the concepts of priests and the associated sacrificial system, the rise and fall of the monarchy, and the place of prophets in the Hebrew Bible.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.

2021 Availability
T1
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T3

THEO911

Story and Theology in the Gospels

Unit overview and content

This unit provides the opportunity for students to study the background and literature of the New Testament, also known as the Christian Scriptures, at an advanced level. The unit utilises the tools of Biblical scholarship to study in detail the distinctive characteristics of the four Gospels, with particular attention to the use of story to convey theological meaning.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Lecturer

Dr Jonathan Thambyrajah

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.

2021 Availability
T1
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THEO912

The Bible: Fact or Fiction

Unit overview and content

This unit provides the opportunity for students to study the background and literature of the Bible, both Hebrew Bible and New testament, at an advanced level. The unit looks at whether the literature of the Bible can be considered ‘Historical’ and the nature of the historicity of selected texts. It will examine in brief the philosophy of history and ancient forms of historiography before a more detailed examination of different types of literature in the Bible and their historical value.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.

2021 Availability
T1
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T3

THEO919

Independent Directed Study (Biblical Studies)

Unit overview and content

This unit provides the opportunity for specialised study in a particular discipline under the tutelage and guidance of a specialist in the field. It seeks to further the learning experience of the student by engaging in issues aligned with a particular area within Biblical Studies in a specialised area of interest to the student.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least 10 hour per week of directed study, including reading, research, consultation with tutor and writing up of assessment tasks.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments.

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.

2021 Availability
T1
T2
T3