This unit provides students with the opportunity to investigate and explore the nature of Lutheran schooling today and consider how this is a product of Lutheran Church of Australia doctrine, history and core culture, and the current Australian educational context. Students will also consider their role as teachers in both the educational function and in the mission and ministry of the Church in Lutheran schools. During the second part of the unit, students will revisit the fundamentals of Lutheran theology and begin the career-long process of engaging in the dialogue between education and theology within a Lutheran school context.

Unit code: DE2007L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Education Studies

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate familiarity with the history, aims and purposes of Lutheran schooling in Australia,


Articulate their personal learning, teaching and ministry philosophy and practice with reference to the social, educational and wider Church context of a Lutheran school


Demonstrate understanding of an educational issue(s) and Lutheran theology by means of an engagement in the dialogue between theology and education

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 2 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry courses


This unit is underpinned by teaching practices and strategies (e.g. online learning materials, quizzes, synchronous discussion) which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bartsch, Malcolm. A God who speaks and acts: theology for teachers in Lutheran schools. Adelaide, SA: Openbook Howden, 2013.
  • ———. Why a Lutheran school? Education and theology in dialogue. North Adelaide, SA: Board for Lutheran Schools, 2001.
  • Christenson, Tom.. Who needs a Lutheran college? Values vision vocation. Minneapolis, MN: Lutheran University Press, 2011.
  • Forde, Gerhard. On being a theologian of the Cross: reflections on Luther's Heidelberg disputation, 1518. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1997.
  • Hauser, Richard J. The pathfinders: a history of Australian Lutheran schooling 1919-1999. Adelaide, SA: Lutheran Education Australia, 2012.
  • ———. The patriarchs: a history of Australian Lutheran schooling 1839-1919. Adelaide, SA: Lutheran Education Australia, 2009.
  • Janetzki, Elvin W. The Church teaches: a Lutheran view of Christian education. Adelaide, SA: Lutheran Publishing House, 1985.
  • Kolb, Robert. The Christian faith: a Lutheran exposition. St Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 1993.
  • Leske, Everard. For faith and freedom: the story of Lutherans and Lutheranism in Australia 1938-1996. Bowden, SA: Friends of Lutheran Archives, 2009.
  • Lutheran Education Australia. A vision for learners and learning in Lutheran schools. Adelaide, SA: LEA. 2005.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Analysis of the aims and purposes of Lutheran schools and early childhood services

800 20.0

Analysis of the mission and ministry of Lutheran schooling

1100 20.0

An engagement in the dialogue between theology and education

2600 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 23 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000