This unit is located at the intersection between theory and practice in Lutheran education. It considers the classroom as a place of diverse prior understandings, including spirituality and worldview, which need to be considered in the planning of both Christian Studies and worship in a Lutheran or other Christian education setting. It engages students in a close theological and pedagogical study of the Lutheran Education Australia Christian Studies Curriculum Framework (CSCF). It explores questions of best practice and assessment in teaching Christian Studies. Students will also examine Lutheran theology, theory and practice of worship at education sites, considering various complexities and issues surrounding worship in schools and early childhood centres. Students are provided with opportunities to reflect critically on their practice in the light of theological and pedagogical theory.

Unit Code: DR8312L

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Religious Education

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate awareness of the impact of external factors, including spirituality, worldview and secular agenda, on worship and Christian Studies practice in Lutheran or other Christian education settings


Engage with the Christian Studies Curriculum Framework (CSCF), and demonstrate deep understanding which leads to appropriate contemporary teaching methodology and assessment practice


Critically analyse worship in the context of the Lutheran (or other Christian by negotiation) education setting, considering issues relating to the theology, theory and practice of worship


Demonstrate a developed capacity to engage in the process of theological reflection in an education context.

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: DE8004L Introduction to Lutheran Education and CT8001L The Christ-centred School


Engagement with online learning materials, including audio/video, tasks, forums, and asynchronous discussion with lecturer. Includes lectures, video clips, group activities and discussion, spiritual retreat style exercises


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Worship portfolio examining the theology, shape and practice of worship in a Lutheran education setting 3,000 words equivalent

3000 50.0

Portfolio of Christian Studies classroom practice 3,000 words equivalent

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2020-01-14 15:40:33 +1100