This unit is designed primarily for non-Indigenous students who wish to explore theology from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander point of view. The unit will introduce students to the methods, themes, and language of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander approaches to Christian theology. It will also contrast these approaches with those of the dominant theological culture.
Unit code: IS8001M
Unit status: Approved (New unit)
Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational
Unit discipline: Indigenous Studies
Proposing College: School of Indigenous StudiesShow when this unit is running
Describe the key methods by which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theologians attempt to decolonise Australian theology.
Critically evaluate the ways in which 'traditional' Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander concepts such as 'dreaming' or 'country' are deployed by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander scholar to elucidate a Christian doctrine.
Analyse the ways in which Christian doctrines such as that of Trinity, Christ, Church and Revelation are redeployed and reinterpreted by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theologians.
Articulate ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theological perspectives might helpfully inform the student’s own ministry context.
Content will be delivered via: 1/Weekly set readings; 2/Two weekly lectures, with time for questions and guided discussion; 3/Oral presentations from students, followed by time for questions and guided discussion.
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An oral presentation critically engaging with the readings set from one of the weekly topics.
A critical review of one of the set texts.
A critical essay answering one of four essay questions in which the student is invited to connect their learnings from the unit to a ministry context in positive and helpful ways.
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 5 Apr, 2022
Unit record last updated: 2022-09-28 10:50:06 +1000