In this unit students will address some of the challenges facing clergy and youth workers in the Church today in attempting to minister to adolescents who live in today’s youth culture. Students will examine the ever-changing adolescent world, which is in a continual state of flux, and look at the influence of music, fashion, entertainment, media and peers, to name a few, and how this shapes the morals, values and ethics of today’s young people. The central question we will be asking is 'How do we make spirituality and Orthodox teachings relevant to the lives of youth in the 21st century?'

Unit Code: DA1109A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Mission and Ministry

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


List and describe at least three issues of culture confronting young people today.


Articulate the impact that “pop” (popular) culture has on today’s youth and their world view.


Investigate various methods for enhancing teen spirituality and creating an environment where Christian faith is relevant in the lives of youth.


Develop strategies for ministering to adolescents in their various contexts.


Twelve weekly sessions, comprising guided readings from the set texts, additional reading resources. Online classes will also have an online tutorial. Students will be expected to contribute to six discussions on a fortnightly basis.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 1 – 1500 words

1500 30.0

Essay 2 – 2000 words

2000 50.0

Online discussion and worksheets equivalent to 500 words

500 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-29 08:22:12 +1000