This unit would require the student to read about, reflect upon, and engage with the general challenges of migration, and with a specific concern for migrant Christian communities and their experiences of social justice, cultural integration and identity formation within the Australian context. Special attention will be given to the theology and spirituality of these communities. The unit will involve exposure to and encounter with migrant churches and interviews with the church leadership. It will include an exploration of recent political, social and religious trends in Australian society and the growing impact of globalism.

Unit Code: DM8010P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the diversity of the contemporary Australian Christian religious and political context in relation to migration and migrant churches


Demonstrate skills in identifying the theological and spiritual emphases important within the context of migrant Christian communities and how these find structural expression


Demonstrate skills of theological reflection, of identification and collection of appropriate sources, and of critical interaction with the sometimes different theological and cultural emphases found within migrant Christianity


Identify, reflect upon and explain the challenges and opportunities experienced by migrant Christian communities, and the challenges and opportunities that such communities present to ‘mainline’ Australian Christianity


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorial, Site Visit


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Theological Journal In which the student will record their observations and theological reflections from engagement and encounter with migrant churches and interviews with the church leadership (1500 words)

1500 25.0

Research Essay Which analyses in depth one or more themes raised during the course. The exact question will be developed through discussion between the student and the lecturer (4500 words)

4500 75.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-06 13:10:45 +1000