Master of Arts in Vocational Practice with a specialisation in Aid and Development

Aid and Development Specialisation

Passionate about justice for the poor? Committed to a faith-based, Biblically-informed response to the needs of those who continue to be violated by poverty? Yearning for the opportunity for thoughtful reflection and learning relevant to your calling and vocation as an aid and development practitioner?

This specialisation is designed for Christians working either directly in community development initiatives, or on the staff of Aid and Development organisations. It will provide a context for theological reflection in which traditional, current and innovative responses to the development and justice needs of highly vulnerable communities will be examined and evaluated. At the same time learners will be encouraged to explore the development of a personal theology and spirituality able to sustain them as they work in the demanding arenas of justice, development and relief programmes. On successful completion of the course, students will have a well-developed understanding and theology of integral mission, a sound grasp of the complexities of pursuing an effective development program in the midst of oppressive socio-economic-political circumstances, and a well-developed understanding of the role and strategies of Australian-based NGOs working in development

This course is the product of a rich collaboration between the College and TEAR Australia, with strong endorsement and involvement of other Christian relief and development agencies. Steve Bradbury, the course coordinator, served 25 years as the National Director of TEAR Australia, and in 2009 received the Australian Council For Overseas Aid's annual award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Aid & Development Sector.

Aid and Development Vocational Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the learner will be better equipped to perform a role in ministry, having developed:

  • well-developed understanding and theology of integral mission,
  • a sound grasp of the complexities of pursuing an effective development programme in the midst of oppressive socio-economic-political circumstances
  • well-developed understanding of the role and strategies of Australian-based NGOs working in development.

Core Units for the Aid and Development Specialisation

AD510.512 Community Organisation and Development
AD511.512 Advocacy and Human Rights
AD520.512 Organisational Development and Leadership
AD530.512 Sustainability, Climate Change and Justice
MN555.512 Spiritual Formation
TH514.512 Doing Theology in Vocational Contexts

Endorsements

"As the largest INGO working with people with a disability in the developing world, CBM welcomes the planned initiative of Tabor Victoria to implement a course which integrates theology and practice in the sphere of aid, development and justice ministry. The close connection and interlinking of poverty and disability makes this a very relevant course, and CBM will respond positively to requests to assist with the development and delivery of the syllabus for this course" John Jeffries, CEO, CBM.

"World Vision welcomes the initiative of Tabor Victoria to implement a course which integrates theology and practice in the sphere of aid, development and justice ministry. We look forward to participation in the teaching of the course" Tim Costello, CEO, World Vision Australia.

"TEAR Australia is very excited about Tabor's creation of a Master's degree focused on International Aid and Development that is both built upon a solid Biblical foundation and aimed at practitioners. This program can be an essential resource for people in the early stage of their careers as well as experienced aid and development staff wanting to take time to reflect on their experiences and strengthen their effectiveness" Matthew Maury, CEO TEAR Australia.

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