This subject explores the nature and processes of discernment in the Christian tradition, and the relationship of discernment to authority in the Christian community. Taking examples of Christian leadership from within and beyond the church, students will develop definitions of authentic leadership and identify strategies for building the capacity of groups and individuals to make good choices (discernment) and the foundations required for their implementation (authority).

Unit Code: DS3010P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and evaluate the principles and processes of discernment described in six key texts of the Christian tradition


Identify and evaluate the understanding of authority and the style of leadership advocated by six key authors in the Christian tradition


Analyse a contemporary example of decision making in the public realm in light of these traditions of authority and processes of discernment

Unit sequence

15 points in CH, 15 points in CT


Seminar, lecture, tutorial


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar paper (1000 words)

1000 16.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar paper (1000 words)

1000 17.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar paper (1000 words)

1000 17.0

1 essay (2000 words)

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-09 08:16:54 +1000