This unit focuses on the future of cities and competing visions for their projected futures. Biblical and theological understandings will be explored and used as lenses through which the city’s future can be envisaged. In particular, a biblical understanding of God’s ‘Shalom’ as this relates to people, society and broader creation will be described and used as a critical tool to discern factors that prevent Shalom from becoming a reality in urban neighbourhoods.

Students will consider the theology and spirituality of ‘local urban places’ and explore strategies through which positive and hopeful change can be effected. Students will be encouraged to consider and envisage how God’s peace and reconciliation can be realised in the midst of urban conflict and suffering, unjust powers and vested interests.

Unit Code: DM1022S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a broad understanding of competing visions for the nature and character of ‘city’.


Articulate biblical and theological underpinnings for God’s Shalom and hope for cities.


Analyse contemporary theories of urban powers and principalities in cities and develop ways for models of ministries of justice and reconciliation to emerge.


Describe how Christians are reinterpreting ‘local place sharing’ as part of contemporary Christian discipleship and mission.


Classroom lectures, seminars and tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper

1,500 word tutorial paper

1500 40.0
Case Study

2,500 word case study

2500 60.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-03 15:14:02 +1000