The unit explores understandings and realities of the meeting between cultures and the Gospel. By examining Thomas Grenham’s writings on theological inculturation and Kathyrn Tanner’s work on ‘Theories of Culture’, the students are challenged to move towards a ‘process’ rather than static based approach to, and description of Gospel contextualisation, by becoming more attuned to the developing understandings of both ‘Mission’ and ‘Culture’. Unit content draws on the understanding and experience of the student while aiming to describe a spirituality for mission in today’s inter-religious and inter-cultural world.

Unit Code: DM3016Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Describe understandings and theories of culture in human life


Explore aspects of cultural anthropology and of church teaching and practice that related to mission historically


Present a critical reflection on a selected aspect of ‘liberating mission’


Evaluate situations and experiences of intercultural dialogue and gospel inculturation


Demonstrate an ability for personal critical reflection in terms of a spirituality for mission in today’s world

Unit sequence

DT1330Y or equivalent, plus one unit of Missiology at level 2.


Lectures, interactive engagement and Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

1000 word Tutorial

1000 30.0

4000 word Essay

4000 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-05 14:26:40 +1000