This unit aims to equip participants with practical insights, frameworks, tools and strategies to effect transformation in local neighbourhoods facing urban poverty. This includes: a theological and pastoral critique of the contribution of Christian faith; an exploration of the ways that Christians can relate to, and come alongside, marginalised people thus bringing residents together to solve their own problems; a critical evaluation of the roles local churches can play in neighbourhood-based responses. Personal worker issues that can undermine transformations such as boundaries, self-care, dependencies and projections are considered. Christian approaches to urban community development; empowerment and relief will be identified and explored.

Unit Code: DM2002S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify a number of contemporary approaches to understanding and defining the nature of poverty.


Describe a variety of models, frameworks and concepts that can inform and inspire a community transformation process in an urban neighbourhood.


Develop a theological rationale for the ways Christians live in and engage with neighbourhoods.


Communicate theological concepts in a clear and articulate form, accessible to people living in poverty.


Demonstrate distinct ways Christians can engage with urban neighbourhoods.

Unit sequence

15 points in field D


classroom lectures, seminars and tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

500 word oral tutorial presentation

500 10.0

2,000 word topical paper

2000 40.0

2,000 word thematic essay

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-04 09:20:51 +1000