This unit builds on the unit ‘Introduction to interfaith Engagement’ by giving students a practical opportunity to engage in interfaith activity. Each student will work with a supervisor to construct a functional model of interfaith engagement. The student will then apply the model to create a relationship with a selected faith community which is not their own, entering into the worship space of the other faith, joining the adherents in their religious practices and ultimately thinking reflexively about the experience, thus enabling the other faith tradition to impact on his or her personal theology.

Each student will share experiences and reflections with the other students in the class, in order to sharpen understanding of the process and potential rewards of interfaith engagement.

Unit Code: AR8200T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Religious Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Reflect critically on new experiences of interfaith engagement in the light of one’s own beliefs and life-style


Articulate the experiences associated with interfaith engagement and dialogue


Develop capacity to communicate with people who adhere to a different religious tradition


Engage with the practical details of another faith tradition in order to reflect back on one’s own beliefs and behaviours


Reflect critically on the experience of engaging with different faith communities with openness, sensitivity and empathy

Unit sequence

Introduction to Interfaith Engagement


With the support of the teaching staff, students arrange a placement for participant-observation in a faith community not their own. This work is supervised on a regular basis, either weekly or fortnightly, through meetings with their placement supervisor. In addition the students will report back on their progress and experiences in a formal manner to seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Seminar participation, sharing insights from active experience in another faith tradition, expressed in journal form of 2000 words

0 30.0

Poster presentation depicting student reflection upon their behaviours and feelings through these encounters (equivalent 1000 words).

0 20.0

1 x 3000 word essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-06 08:00:06 +1100