The unit will provide students with a comprehensive exposure to Christian Social Teaching (principally Catholic) in relation to Indigenous Peoples. The main focus is the Australian context and to the issues relating to Aboriginal Australians. Relevant ecclesial, biblical and theological writings addressing indigenous social issues will be considered. Topics under discussion include: the human person, justice and reconciliation, history, land and church involvement with indigenous people.

Unit Code: DT3470Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Trace the development of the church’s social teaching relating to key indigenous themes.


Show evidence of competence and discernment in the use of relevant resource material.


Examine ecclesial, theological and biblical texts, exploring implications for the church’s teaching and practice relating to indigenous peoples.


Present orally, in a clear, convincing and engaging manner, the topic chosen for research.


Produce a critical analysis and response to the impact of the church’s social teaching on indigenous peoples, especially Aboriginal Australians

Unit sequence

Pre-requisites: CH/DT 2230Y Catholic Social Thought in Australia & Overseas OR 18 points in DM or DT


Interactional; lectures; additional audio/visual input; discussion. Cultural awareness and knowledge, as well as critical linguistic and literary skills provide the respectful, interactive pedagogy for this Unit. (Delivery includes visit to Aboriginal Catholic Ministry).


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Tutorial presentation 1000 words

1000 30.0

Essay 4000 words

4000 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-13 11:35:03 +1100