This unit describes the relationship between theological education and higher education in Australia. It invites participants to consider their own views and vocation. It examines such issues as the expectations of churches, experiences of students, and the nature of the many theological education institutions.

Unit code: DE8030L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 8.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Education Studies

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Identify issues raised for themselves, institutions and stakeholders by the different perspectives of theological and higher education


Identify and critique influences upon themselves as theological educators

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 8 unit in Graduate Certificate in Theological Education (for candidates who teach at one of the University of Divinity colleges)

Prohibited combinations: DE8029L Teaching in a Theological Education Context


Students will attend or have previously attended the University of Divinity orientation for new staff. They will then write a series of reflections based on their engagement with set and self-selected written texts and peers review.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Brookfield, Stephen D. Becoming a critically reflective teacher. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1995 (esp. chapters 1–3).
  • Coakley, Sarah. ‘Theological scholarship as religious vocation.’ Christian Higher Education 5 (2006): 55−68.
  • Jarvis, Peter. ‘Adult learning: andragogy versus pedagogy or from pedagogy to andragogy.’ In The Routledge International Handbook of Learning, edited by Peter Jarvis and Mary Watts, 134–143. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • Jones, Gregory L., ed. The scope of our art: the vocation of the theological teacher. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. 2001.
  • Oxenham, Marvin. Character and virtue in theological education: an academic epistolary novel. ICETE Series. Carlisle, Cumbria: Langham Global Library, 2019.
  • Poe, Harry Lee. Christianity in the academy: teaching at the intersection of faith and learning. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004.
  • Ringenberg, William C. The Christian college: a history of Protestant higher education in America. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2006.
  • Sherlock, Charles H. Uncovering theology: the depth, reach and utility of Australian theological education. Adelaide: ATF Press, 2009.
  • Werner, Dietrich, David Esterline, Namsoon Kang, and Joshva Raja, eds. 2010. Handbook of theological education in world Christianity: theological perspectives, ecumenical trends, regional surveys. Oxford: Regnum Books International, 2010.
  • Wilkens, Steve. Christian college, Christian calling: higher education in the service of the church. n.p.: AltaMira, 2005.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Intertextual Study

Triple text study

1500 75.0

Self and peer reflection

800 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 21 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-21 18:59:42 +1000