The unit explores understandings and realities of the meeting between cultures and the Gospel. By examining Thomas Grenham’s writings on theological inculturation and Kathyrn Tanner’s work on ‘Theories of Culture’, the students are challenged to move towards a ‘process’ rather than static based approach to, and description of Gospel contextualisation, by becoming more attuned to the developing understandings of both ‘Mission’ and ‘Culture’. Unit content draws on the understanding and experience of the student while aiming to describe a spirituality for mission in today’s inter-religious and inter-cultural world.

Unit Code: DM9016Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Describe understandings and theories of culture in human life


Explore aspects of cultural anthropology and of church teaching and practice that related to mission historically


Identify biblical and theological texts which provide key learning for missionary spirituality


Present a critical reflection on a selected aspect of ‘liberating mission’


Evaluate situations and experiences of intercultural dialogue and gospel inculturation


Demonstrate an ability for personal critical reflection in terms of a spirituality for mission in today’s world

Unit sequence

DT8330Y or equivalent


Lectures, interactive engagement and Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper

2000 word Tutorial Paper

2000 30.0

5000 word Essay

5000 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-30 15:05:41 +1100