Country and Culture explores intersections between Christian faith, culture, language and nation, with focus given to contemporary Australian society, intra-cultural and indigenous Australian experience and reconciliation. Implicit ideas that shape our cultural imaginations and perspectives on faith will be identified and evaluated, challenging students to formulate and articulate Christian identity and vocation in dialogue with contemporary issues of society and culture. Areas to be explored include identity, intercultural engagement, conflict, narrative, music, imagination, secular impetuses and freedom.

Unit code: CT3008S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and articulate intersections between Christian faith, culture, language and nation within contemporary Australian society


Develop a working taxonomy of method approaches to Christian dialogue with selected contemporary issues of society and culture


Identify and articulate aspects of Christian identity and practice pertinent to engaging distinctive features of Australian experience and culture


Research and evaluate a particular dialogue interface of Christian faith with a contemporary aspect of Australian society

Unit sequence

At least 45 points including 15 points in Systematic Theology. This unit is primarily orientated to the professional theological development of a cohort representing alumni, ministry and Christian service vocations.


lecture input, group discussion, class plenary and further response input

Indicative Bibliography

  • Eagleton, Terry. Culture. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2016.
  • ———. Materialism. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2016.
  • Grant, Stan. ‘The Australian Dream: Blood, History and Becoming.’ Quarterly Essay 64 (2016).
  • Harris, John. One Blood: 200 Years of Aboriginal Encounter with Christianity: A Story of Hope. Sutherland, NSW: Albatross Books, 1990.
  • Kenny, Robert. The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World. Melbourne: Scribe, 2007.
  • Scruton, Roger. Modern Culture, London: Bloomsbury, 2007.
  • Sherman, Louise, and Christobel Mattingley (eds.). Our Mob, God's Story: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists Share Their Faith. Erskine Park, NSW: Bible Society of Australia, 2007.
  • Stanner, W. E. H. The Dreaming and Other Essays. Melbourne: Black Inc., 2009.
  • Taylor, Charles. Modern Social Imaginaries, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2004.
  • Thornton, Warwick (director). Sweet Country [film]. Bondi Beach, NSW: Bunya Productions, 2017.
  • Trudgen, Richard. Why Warriors Lie Down and Die. Parap, NT: Aboriginal Resource and Development Services, 2000.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Document Study

Document study 500 words

0 10.0

Essay 2000 words

0 50.0
Book Review

Literature review 1000 words

0 20.0
Document Study

Document study 500 words

0 10.0
Document Study

Document study 500 words

0 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 3 Aug, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-11 15:21:40 +1000