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: CT9008S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

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, also evaluating selected hermeneutical issues present within these intersections


Critically evaluate various 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, with particular focus on a contemporary cultural interface and the media used within this interface


Formulate, research and critically evaluate an intentional dialogue interface of Christian faith with secular impetuses of Australian society and experience

Unit sequence

At least 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.


Rotation of 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 800 words

0 10.0

Essay 3000 words

0 50.0
Book Review

Literature review 1500 words

0 20.0
Document Study

Document study 800 words

0 10.0
Document Study

Document study 800 words

0 10.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-26 09:18:54 +1000