This graduate course unit aims to provide candidates with the opportunity to spend a significant period of time in one or more remote locations relevant to the biblical, theological or historical narrative of theological texts and/or movements, in order to appreciate more fully the impact of such locations on the interpretation of those narratives.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • analyse key contextual features which have contributed to the field under study
  • assess the relative importance of various local historical, geographical or cultural features in terms of their positive or negative contribution to the particular narrative within the field under study
  • critically analyse a specific topic within the field under study in terms of its local origin and its subsequent broader development
  • reflect on the impact of the travel experience on their personal development and theological and/or ministry understanding within the field under study, and
  • produce a presentation depicting the connection between the location visited and the narrative within the field under study, with a focus on an application to contemporary theological understanding and/or practice.

Assumed Knowledge 

THEO800 & THEO801

Study hours    

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

  • 9 hours per week of independent study.
  • 12 hours (approximately) across the session of guided study in dialogue with the supervisor.

Teaching methods

Guided reading; independent research.

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.