BBI-TAITE Units

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

Units

2020 Availability

THEO929

Independent Directed Study (Systematic Theology)

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 Systematic Theology 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.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Study Proposal (30%)
  • Literature Review (30%)
  • Critical Evaluation Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

THEO932

Sacramental Theology

Unit overview and content

This unit presents a foundational study of the theology and rites of the sacraments with a focus on those of Roman Catholicism. It enables students to draw on their skills in the disciplines of theology and biblical studies to critically investigate the various components and approaches in sacramental theology including exploration of semiotics, and anthropological, Christological, ecclesiological dimensions. Students will have the opportunity to explore the implications of sacramental-liturgical theology as the source of Christian spirituality and mission.

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.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Discussion Forum (15%)
  • Discussion Forum (15%)
  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Major Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

THEO939

Independent Directed Study (Liturgical and Sacramental Theology)

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 liturgical and sacramental theology 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.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Study Proposal (30%)
  • Literature Review (30%)
  • Critical Evaluation Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

THEO942

Justice and Peace – Catholic Social Teaching

Unit overview and content

This unit provides an advanced study of the body of thought known as Catholic Social Teaching (CST). It begins by situating CST in its philosophical context, examining a variety of theories of justice, from Plato and Aristotle through to modern philosophers such as John Stuart Mill and John Rawls. Out of this foundation it then examines, in-depth, the historical development of modern Catholic Social Teaching, especially as it has been expressed in official documents and by experts in the field. Finally, the course allows students to apply their advanced knowledge of this field to a particular case study of their choice.

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.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Online Discussion (30%)
  • Analysis of a specific document (30%)
  • Major Reseach Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

THEO960

Foundations for Missiology in a Secular, Plural and Globalised World

Unit overview and content

This unit is a foundational study in the field of Missiology. It explores in-depth the evolving nature of the Christian Church’s understanding of its mission over the centuries, recognising the relationship between this and the way in which the world has changed throughout history. The course also critically evaluates the theological reasons for Christian understandings of proclamation, liberation, and dialogue as crucial issues in today’s secular and pluralistic societies.

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.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Online Discussion (30%)
  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Major Research Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

THEO982

The Spirituality of Mary MacKillop

Unit overview and content

This unit provides students with the opportunity to study the cultural, historical and political context of the life of Mary MacKillop Australia’s’ first Church – recognised Saint. An understanding of culture is intrinsic to any study of persons and eras. Culture dictates who we are and how we behave. This course looks at the background of Mary MacKillop and her ancestors in the Lochaber district of the Inner Hebrides in the west coast of Scotland. One very disruptive event in Scotland’s history was the Highland Clearances which, though devastating at the time, meant that the Colonies of the British Empire were enriched with many Scottish migrants. Mary’s parents were from the MacKillop and MacDonald Clans,  the latter was a sept of the former meaning that Mary’s mother’s clan was superior to that of her father. The Highland Clearances meant that Mary MacKillop was born Australian rather than Scottish.

Equally important in human flourishing is the historical, political and cultural context of peoples’ lives. These aspects will be addressed as the context for the social and educational changes Mary MacKillop introduced. No story of Mary MacKilllop would be complete without reference to Fr Julian Tenison Woods, her inspiration and the ‘Father Founder’ of the Institute of St Joseph they founded.  Finally, given the sceptical atmosphere of our 21 century world-view the notions of sainthood, miracles and all associated concepts will be discussed with a view to understanding the Spirit that energized Mary MacKillop and ultimately the spirituality which underpinned her educational and social endeavours. Mary is presented within the unit as a model of the spirituality that is fitting for contemporary Australians.

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.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Online Discussion (30%)
  • Online Discussion (30%)
  • Major Research Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

THEO984

Augustinian Spirituality for Social Justice

Unit overview and content

This unit provides an introduction to the spirituality emanating from the life, teaching and tradition of the early Father of the Church, Augustine of Hippo, 354-430AD. Augustinian Spirituality provides a theological underpinning for our appreciation of why acts of justice are seen to be essential for followers of Christ in their ministering to the poor, the disenfranchised, the refugee and the enslaved in any age.

The content of this unit will cover the biographical details of Augustine’s life; the currency of his thought contained in his homilies, letters and his great books; the values embedded in the practice of the Rule of Life which has been lived out over 16 centuries and the influence he has made on the spiritual writings of modern Popes and the Second Vatican Council.

The unit allows students to apply the impact of this content onto their ability to be in mission for the Church amongst the poor and marginalised members of our society.

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.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • PowerPoint Presentation (30%)
  • Major Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

THEO986

Women Doctors of the Church: Fresh Wisdom from Ancient Teachers and Leaders

Unit overview and content

This unit studies each of the four women Doctors of the Church – Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila and Thérèse of Lisieux. It considers their significance in their particular historical contexts, their theological insights and the relevance of these insights in the twenty-first century.  The unit also explores the contributions these women can make to discussions about the role of women as teachers and leaders in the contemporary Church.

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.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Textual Analysis (30%)
  • Tutorial Discussion Board (30%)
  • Major Research Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

THEO989

Independent Directed Study (Spirituality)

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 mission and culture 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.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Study Proposal (30%)
  • Literature Review (30%)
  • Critical Evaluation Essay (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3

THEO999

Independent Directed Study (Contemporary Issues in Theology)

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 contemporary issues in theology 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.

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Research Proposal (30%)
  • Literature Review (30%)
  • Critical Evaluation (40%)
2020 Availability
T1
T2
T3