This unit will explore the theology and practice of social and community services as an expression of holistic Christian mission. Structural disadvantage and social issues will be examined, particularly as they relate to the delivery of contemporary social services in an Australian context. A community development framework will be applied and utilised to address complex social needs, ensuring theological, ethical and practical issues are considered.

Unit Code: DM9193B

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse a theological basis for Christian engagement in social service provision


Articulate a broad understanding of structural disadvantage in a range of contemporary Australian social issues


Discuss some of the ethical concerns that are associated with the delivery of social and community services


Analyse ways in which a commitment to social justice can be practically demonstrated using a specific model


Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of community development principles in planning, managing and evaluating social and community services


Discuss the historical development of welfare services in Australia and the role played by church charities and Christian faith-based welfare agencies

Unit sequence

24 points post-graduate foundational in Field D, or equivalent


Lectures, tutorials, online videos, online meetings, class discussions, discussion boards


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

4,500 word essay

4500 60.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

2,500 word tutorial paper

2500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 25 Jul, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-07 12:03:54 +1100