This unit will explore the issue of justice as a central component of the mission of the Church. It will examine justice as seen in the Exodus story, the prophets of the Old Testament and in the Gospel narratives. The course will examine the life and ministry of Jesus and the reign of God’s justice, Justice and freedom, Justice and the rule of law and Justice and responsible action. The historical role of the Anglican tradition of social concern and scholarship in England and Australia will be explored alongside other Christian traditions. This will lead to an examination on how these understandings of justice can be applied to current social and ethical issues within the life of the Church.

Unit code: DT9509T (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Moral Theology

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Outline a range of views of the scriptural foundations for justice


Examine the nature of contemporary Australian society and the application of the church’s teaching on justice as core mission activity


Identify a particular understanding of justice and apply it to a current social issue


Explain the theological and Christological understandings of Jesus and the reign of god and their significance


Articulate and defend the churches’ ministry of justice and the importance of working for justice in the church and broader Christian community


Critically evaluate the ways particular churches have addressed social issues.

Unit sequence

At least one 15-point unit in missiology or previous welfare and justice experience


Web material and tutorial discussion


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

1,500 word tutorial report (submitted as essay)

1500 30.0

3,500 word essay

3500 50.0

Journal, equivalent of 1,000 words

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2014

Unit record last updated: 2019-06-27 15:51:21 +1000