Service-Learning and Community Engagement (S-LCE) recognises that schools are shaped by their context and have multiple community connections (local, church, global). This unit explores these connections. The theological topics include aspects of creation and ongoing creation, focusing on community, reciprocity and relationships.

The overarching question ‘Who is my neighbour?’ challenges students to examine schools’ existing community connections as well as to identify the skills and attributes required for all to be active learners and respectful social and environmental contributors.

Unit Code: DE8141L

Points: 12.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Education Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Investigate local community needs and resources in order to identify opportunities for enhancing reciprocal community engagement


Summarise and evaluate age-appropriate cross-cultural skills, knowledge and processes that enhance intercultural understanding and develop empathy


Describe the underlying principles and the processes for establishing effective partnerships between educational institutions and community agencies and apply them to evaluate one or more agency-partner choices


The pedagogical approach for the unit emphasises theological reflection, action research and site visits/experiential learning in order to develop culturally appropriate, relational and reciprocal community-oriented practices.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Investigation 3000 words or equivalent

3000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2020-01-14 15:02:02 +1100