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Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (Grad Cert Theol St) is a qualification at AQF Level 8. It qualifies individuals to apply a body of knowledge from the field of theological studies in a range of contexts and to undertake professional/highly skilled work and as a pathway for further learning. It will serve as a foundational, stand-alone qualification in theological studies and as the entry pathway to both the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies and the Master of Arts (Theology). The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies will permit those students who have no formal qualifications in theology to begin this study through a variety of specialisations (Specialisations at this level are compulsory).

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies will consist of four subjects, a total of 12 credit points.

The Graduate Certificate will offer the following specialisation streams:

  • Marriage and Family
  • Bioethics, Mission and Identity
  • Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice
  • Religious Education
  • Evangelisation of Culture
  • Art, Liturgy and Culture

For specialisation at this level, all subjects in a specialisation stream are compulsory.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies must hold an AQF Level 7 qualification.

Application for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Advanced Standing

Students currently working as RE teachers who have Accreditation to teach RE in a Catholic School may apply for 12 credit points (four subjects) of RPL. Students with a Level 7 qualification in theology or a Level 8 qualification in another discipline do not need to complete a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies as a prerequisite for admission into a Graduate Diploma in Theology or a Master of Arts (Theology).

Pathways

A Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies graduate can articulate into either a Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies program or to a Master of Arts (Theology) program.

Duration

The four subjects in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies will be equivalent to six months of full-time study and a maximum of three years of part-time study.

Course Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies consists of four subjects. These must be pursued within a specialisation. The four compulsory subjects for each specialisation will be as follows:

Marriage and Family Specialisation:

JP 8101 Interpreting Texts
JP 8120 Nature and Method in Theology
JP 8109 The Human Person from Plato to John Paul II
JP 8102 Contemporary Issues in Marriage and Family

Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice Specialisation:

JP 8101 Interpreting Texts
JP 8120 Nature and Method in Theology
JP 8241 Foundations of Christian Bioethics
JP 8341 Human Dignity in the Catholic Tradition

Bioethics, Mission and Identity Specialisation:

JP 8120 Nature and Method in Theology
JP 8341 Human Dignity in the Catholic Tradition
JP 8342 Identity and Mission in Catholic Health and Aged Care Institutions
JP 8343 Contentious Issues in the CHA Code

Religious Education Specialisation:

The subjects for the Religious Education specialisation are specifically designed to meet the needs of Australian diocesean authorities, and qualifiy a teacher to teach religious education in a Catholic school. (This presumes that the teacher already has recognised teaching qualifications).

JP 8467 Challenges and Strategies in Religious Education
JP 8436 Catechesis in Sacramental Theology
JP 8419 Historical Context of Catholic Teaching
JP 8473 Introduction to Biblical Studies

Evangelisation of Culture Specialisation:

JP 8101 Interpreting Texts
JP 8120 Nature and Method in Theology
JP 8512 New Evangelisation and Pop Culture
JP 8784 Renewing the Culture

Art, Liturgy and Culture Specialisation:

JP 8101 Interpreting Texts
JP 8120 Nature and Method in Theology
JP 8780 Icons and Idols: The Theology of Images
JP 8781 Christian Anthropology and the Arts