The unit begins with research into the nature of truth, along with the particular contributions of both theology and educational theory to the practice of education. Students examine some theological themes important for educational practice along with particular Lutheran theological emphases associated with them. These theological themes may include creation, the two kingdoms, law and gospel, Christian as saint and sinner, theology of the cross, church and ministry, sacrament, and vocation. Central to the unit is research by each student into a specific issue in education and the way in which it can be informed by theology.

Unit code: DE9316L (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Education Studies

Delivery mode: Blended

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

Show when this unit is running

Learning outcomes


Discriminate between the roles of reason and revelation in the education and theology dialogue


Demonstrate critical understanding of scholarship in areas of both theology and educational theory and practice as these relate to Lutheran (or other Christian) schools


Apply theological insights in a process of dialogue with the discipline of education as practiced in contemporary Lutheran (or negotiated alternative Christian) schools


Demonstrate competence in the skills of advanced research appropriate to the dialogue between education and theology, in particular ethical issues and processes.

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: BS9004L Biblical Texts and Traditions and CT9004L Theological Foundations for Educators or their equivalent are desirable


Engagement with online learning materials, including audio/video, tasks, forums, and asynchronous discussion with lecturer. Intensives—involve interactive lectures, team teaching, group tasks, whole and small group discussion, reading groups


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

500 word involvement in online discussion forum

500 10.0

3,000 word essay exploring an issue of practice in the light of the chosen theological area(s)

3000 40.0

3,000 word equivalent task to facilitate and report on a theological dialogue at school level on a relevant local educational issue.

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2020-01-14 14:49:38 +1100