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: DA2100A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Mission and Ministry

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Discuss three distinct aspects of culture confronting young people today.


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


Evaluate approaches 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.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 1 – 2000 words

2000 40.0

Essay 2 – 2500 words

2500 60.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-29 15:27:32 +1000