This unit engages students in a study of leadership in the curriculum area of Christian Studies. Students are provided with opportunities to reflect critically on their practice, capabilities and roles as a Christian Studies leader in the light of the Lutheran Education of Australia Leadership and Formation Framework document ‘Growing Deep’. They will also consider the support required for their Christian Studies context.

Unit code: DR8040L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 12.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Religious Education

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate how the ‘Growing Deep’ leadership capabilities inform Christian Studies leadership.


Critically reflect on how the different responsibilities of the Christian Studies leader may support teachers of Christian Studies.


Demonstrate the capacity to think strategically about support for the teaching of Christian Studies at the local level.

Unit sequence

A level 8 unit in postgraduate theology, ministry and education courses


This unit uses teaching strategies which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bartsch, Malcolm I. A God who speaks and acts: theology for teachers in Lutheran schools. North Adelaide, SA: Lutheran Education Australia, 2013.
  • Glickman, C.D. Leadership for learning: how to help teachers succeed. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2002.
  • Grajczonek, Jan, and Maurice Ryan, eds. Religious education in early childhood: a reader. Hamilton, QLD: Lumino Press, 2007.
  • Grimmitt, Michael, ed. Pedagogies of religious education: case studies in the research and development of good pedagogic practice in RE. Great Wakering, UK: McCrimmons, 2000.
  • Hughes, Philip. Educating for purposeful living in a post-traditional age. Nunawading LPO, VIC: Christian Research Association, 2017.
  • Lutheran Education Australia. Christian Studies Curriculum Framework. Adelaide, SA: Openbook, 2015.
  • Ridden, P., and J. De Nobile. Keys to school leadership. Camberwell, VIC: ACER Press, 2012.
  • Rymarz, R., and A. Belmonte, eds. Religious education in Australian Catholic schools: exploring the landscape. Mulgrave, Vic: Vaughan Publishing, 2017.
  • Sackstein, Starr. From teacher to leader. San Diego, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting Inc., 2019.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Critical reflection on the responsibilities of a Christian Studies Leader

1200 40.0
Case Study

Development of a Christian Studies development plan

1800 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 4 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000