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: DM2470Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Trace the developments 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 key ecclesial, theological and biblical texts and explore implications for the church’s teaching and practice in indigenous issues today


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


Unit sequence

This unit is generally available as an elective unit in all undergraduate awards. 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).


Name Description Weight (%)

Essay 3000 words

Seminar or Tutorial

Tutorial Presentation 1000 words


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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-15 09:34:49 +1100