Unit overview and content

Are faith and science in conflict? If there is such a conflict, is it inevitable? If there is conflict has that always been present or did it develop at some stage? Are there other ways of thinking about faith and science beyond conflict? These are just some of the questions we will explore in this unit. Each week we will encounter the key sources that will help us consider the relationship and some of the significant thinkers in science and religion who have contributed to the study of these question. There will be a focus on the Christian faith tradition, and the reason for this will become obvious as the unit unfolds, but other traditions will be touched upon.

Assumed Knowledge 

THEO800 & THEO801

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week session, 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.