Bachelor of Theology

Description

The Bachelor of Theology has been designed to offer a strong core of subjects along with flexibility and diversity in specialist areas. Students are able to choose and commence their area or areas of specialisation whilst they are completing their core subjects. Students may elect to complete a major in either Mission Studies or Ministry or they may choose to complete two minors from the Bachelor of Theology offerings which include Ministry, Mission Studies, Biblical Studies and Theology. There is also the option of completing one minor from the Bachelor of Theology and one minor from Eastern College Australia’s Bachelor of Arts which would include choices in Community Development, Youth Studies, Counselling, Leadership and Philosophy and Religion Studies. Electives allow the student to further broaden or expand their areas of study according to interest and desired vocation. Students elect to study a Bachelor of Theology for a variety of reasons. Traditionally it was to be trained as a Christian Minister but more recently theology is also being studied by those seeking better to understand their Christian faith or to equip themselves for a vocation in parachurch organisations, mission and workplace settings or to prepare for future academic study. The Bachelor of Theology is a pathway into postgraduate study at masters or honours level. The course is designed to allow a wide range of flexibility.

Course Outcomes

  • Broad knowledge to study the primary texts of the Christian faith, and be able to describe a range of historical and contemporary reflections on those texts.
  • Broad and coherent knowledge of the Christian tradition in one or more of its central and varied forms and how it relates to the vocation of the student.
  • In-depth and coherent knowledge of aspects of theology and its sub-disciplines dependent on the major chosen.
  • Critical awareness of key themes, debates and methods of the discipline of theology and its sub-disciplines.
  • Ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise the ideas and arguments of others.
  • Technical and cognitive skills to articulate a broad understanding of the implications of Christian belief for living, with depth in the major chosen.
  • Cognitive, creative and communication skills to independently analyse and present theological knowledge, ideas and arguments.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in exercising initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making to professionally present theological perspectives or skills regarding life and/or scholarship autonomously and through team collaboration.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in a range of study skills that will support a professional life of continued theological learning.

Delivery locations

Admission Criteria

  • Meet the General Entry Requirements for all courses at Eastern College Australia
  • Satisfactory completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)* or equivalent: obtaining an ATAR score of 65 or
  • Successful completion of the Diploma in Theology or
  • Successful completion of the Associate Degree in Theology or
  • Mature Age entry for those who have reached the age of 21

*Please note that VCAL is not considered equivalent to VCE for Higher Education admission.

This course is only available to domestic students (those not requiring a student visa).

English Language Requirement

An applicant for studies in this course will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if:

  • They were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification (secondary or tertiary) in one of those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They were not born in one of the following countries but have completed senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time university study in one of these countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English:
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They have successfully completed a senior secondary qualification, a post secondary Diploma qualification of at least two years, an undergraduate program of three years or more, or a postgraduate program of two years or more FT or more, undertaken in a non-English speaking country provided the study:
    • was completed in an institution which is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, World Higher Education Database, UK Naric Database or AEI NOOSR guides or an institution accredited through one of ICETE’s registered accrediting bodies and is confirmed by the institution as having been conducted and examined solely in the English language.
  • They have attained results as listed in one of the following qualifications:

    Test Minimum Results
    IELTS Academic 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
    TOEFL (Paper based) 550+ Test of Writing English 4
    TOEFL (Internet) 76+ Writing 18
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) 57 No communicative score below 50
    Cambridge English Advanced 54 No less than Borderline in writing

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Theology degree is composed of 24 subjects of 6 credit points each completed over 3 years full-time equivalent (144 credit points in total). Students undertaking this degree are required to complete:

Option 1 Option 2
Core (72 credit points) Core (72 credit points)
Major (48 credit points) Minor from BTh (24 credit points)
  Minor from BA or BTh (24 credit points)
Elective from BTh (6 credit points) Elective from BTh (6 credit points)
Biblical Studies Elective at 600 level (6 credit points) Biblical Studies Elective at 600 level (6 credit points)
Electives from any Bachelor degree offered by the College (12 credit points) Electives from any Bachelor degree offered by the College (12 credit points)
  1. Subjects are taken in the following level order: “500” (Introductory Level) then “600” (Intermediate Level) then “700” (Advanced Level)
  2. In their course, students must not include more than 60 credit points in “500” (Introductory Level) subjects and must include at least 36 credit points in “700”.(Advanced Level ) subjects.
  3. Students must not include more than 30 credit points in Practicum (PR) subjects in the Bachelor degree.
  4. Students may not import more than 96 credit points from other institutions.

Specialisations

Christian Foundations Core Major
Ministry Major
Mission Studies Major
Biblical Studies Minor
Christian History Minor
Ministry Minor
Mission Studies Minor
Missional Communities Minor
Theological Studies Minor

Units attached to this course

Unit Code Unit Name
BB502.306 Old Testament Introduction
BB503.306 New Testament Introduction
BB524.306 Introduction to the Bible
BB641.306 Biblical Studies in Old Testament (English)
BB642.306 Biblical Studies in Old Testament (English): The Writings
BB648.306 Biblical Studies in Old Testament (English)
BB64X.306 Biblical Studies in Old Testament (English)
BB652.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB654.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB655.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English): Topic Study
BB656.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English): 2 Corinthians
BB65X.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB65X.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB672.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (Greek)
BB674.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (Greek)
BB676.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (Greek): 2 Corinthians
BB67X.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (Greek)
BB680.306 Introduction to Biblical Languages
BB685.306 New Testament Greek 1
BB686.306 New Testament Greek 2
BB691.306 Issues in Biblical Studies
BB752.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB754.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB756.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English): 2 Corinthians
BB75X.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (English)
BB772.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (Greek)
BB774.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (Greek)
BB776.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (Greek): 2 Corinthians
BB77X.306 Biblical Studies in New Testament (Greek)
BB793.306 Research Project in Biblical Studies
BB848.406 Biblical Studies in Old Testament (English)
HS502.306 Introduction to Christian History
HS631.306 Reformation Church History
HS632.306 History of the World Christian Movement
HS637.306 Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries
HS705.306 Early Church History
HS750.306 Australian Church History
HS775.306 Wesley and the Methodists
HS792.306 Directed Study in History
LN533.306 Literature, Philosophy and Civilisation
MN557.306 Spiritual Development for Young Adults
MN621.306 Leadership 1
MN623.306 Church Health and Development
MN624.306 Developing Women Leaders
MN631.306 Pastoral Care
MN632.306 Children's Ministry
MN633.306 Chaplaincy in Educational Settings
MN634.306 Chaplaincy Skills
MN634.306 Chaplaincy Skills
MN638.306 Congregational Worship and Spirituality
MN646.306 Youth Ministry
MN651.306 Strategic Communication
MN661.306 Building a Discipling Culture
MN662.306 Multiplying Missional Leaders
MN663.306 Leading Missional Communities
MN691.306 Issues in Ministry
MN710.306 Theology of Ministry
MN721.306 Leadership 2
MN756.306 Integration of Vocation and Faith
MN764.306 Leading Kingdom Movements
MN793.306 Research Project in Ministry
MS611.306 Cultural Anthropology
MS621.306 Biblical Theology of Mission
MS633.306 Issues of Poverty and Justice
MS637.306 Intercultural Life, Work and Field Education
MS691.306 Issues in Mission Studies
MS730.306 Pauline Theology and Mission Practice
MS735.306 Cross-cultural Communication and Contextualisation
MS743.306 World Religions
MS793.306 Research Project in Mission Studies
PH641.306 Encounters between Philosophy and Theology
PR560.306 Internship 1
PR570.306 Cross-Cultural Experience
PR660.306 Internship 2
PR673.312 Praxis and Internship 1
PR752.306 Ministry Field Education 1
PR753.306 Ministry Field Education 2
PR770.306 Cross-Cultural Field Education
PR774.312 Praxis and Internship 2
PR775.306 Field Education Among the Poor
TH507.306 Foundations for Faith
TH570.306 Living in Christ
TH604.306 Faith, Reason and Justice
TH621.306 Christology
TH622.306 Life and Ministry in the Spirit
TH652.306 Theology of the Trinity
TH671.306 Theology of Everyday Life
TH691.306 Issues in Theological Studies
TH720.306 Church, Mission and Ministry
TH725.306 Kingdom of God
TH726.306 Studies in a Theological Tradition
TH774.306 Theology, Mission and Care of Creation
TH793.306 Research Project in Theological Studies