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Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies

Rationale

The Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies (Grad Dip 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. The Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies can also be used as a basis for articulation into the Master of Arts (Theology) degree, but this would require additional assessment to raise the standard of each of the four additional subjects to Level 9.

The Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies consists of four additional subjects after a total of 12 credit points organised into the following specialisation streams:

  • Marriage and Family
  • Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice
  • Religious Education and Catholic School Leadership
  • Evangelisation of Culture
  • Art, Liturgy and Culture

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies must have completed a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies or an equivalent Level 8 qualification in theology, religious education, bioethics, philosophy or other recognised related discipline.

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 may also apply for 12 credit points of RPL or advanced standing.

Students with a prior Level 8 qualification in theology may apply for up to 24 credit points (eight subjects) of advanced standing into the Masters Degree.

Pathways

A Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies graduate can articulate into a Master of Arts (Theology) program. Students may apply to upgrade the subjects studied with a Level 8 code to the same subject at a Level 9 code. This will require an additional assignment for each subject as prescribed by the Dean.

Students are advised to consider enrolling for a Master of Arts (Theology) qualification which can be awarded as a Graduate Diploma if the student decides to withdraw after four subjects. This will have the advantage of having already completed level 9 assessment if the student chooses to resume study at some future date.

Duration

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

Course Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies consists of four additional subjects with a Level 8 code after completion of a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. Students may opt to study for a general qualification in which they can select any four subjects with a Level 8 code which they have not already studied in a Graduate Certificate.

For specialisation at this level, two subjects will be required from the designated specialisation stream and a further two can be taken from any other specialisation stream with a Level 8 code.

For a double specialisation at this level, all subjects must be taken from the designated area of specialisation.

Subjects at level 8 are designated with a code beginning with the number 8.

Marriage and Family Specialisation:

Compulsory Marriage and Family Specialisation Subjects

JP 8125 Theology of the Body
JP 8122 Marriage in the Catholic Tradition
Elective Subject 1
Elective Subject 2

Other Marriage and Family Specialisation Subjects

JP 8117 Love, Freedom and Identity in the Thought of Karol Wojtyła
JP 8123 Theo-dramatics: Foundations of Christian Morality
JP 8116 Cor Novum: Towards a New Theology of the Heart
JP 8107 Eros, Logos and Agape
JP 8121 Biblical Theology of Marriage and the Family
JP 8604 The Human Person in the Theology of Benedict XVI

Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice Specialisation:

Compulsory Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice Specialisation Subjects

JP 8244 Beginning-of-Life Ethics
JP 8345 End-of-Life Ethics
Elective Subject 1
Elective Subject 2

Other Bioethics, Theology and Medical Practice Specialisation Subjects

JP 8123 Theo-dramatics: Foundations of Christian Morality
JP 8344 Leadership in Catholic Institutions
JP 8324 Scripture and Tradition in Human Life and Health Care
JP 8109 The Human Person from Plato to John Paul II
JP 8125 Theology of the Body
JP 8347 Theology and Practice of Natural Family Planning

Religious Education and Catholic School Leadership Specialisation:

Compulsory Religious Education Specialisation Subjects

JP 8474 Formation of Staff, Parents and Carers in Catholic Education
JP 8475 Formation of Character and Virtue in Catholic Education
Elective Subject 1
Elective Subject 2

Other Religious Education Specialisation Subjects

JP 8101 Interpreting Texts
JP 8120 Nature and Method in Theology
JP 8125 Theology of the Body
JP 8109 The Human Person from Plato to John Paul II
JP 8782 Sacred Liturgy
JP 8784 Renewing the Culture

Evangelisation of Culture Specialisation:

Compulsory Evangelisation of Culture Specialisation Subjects

JP 8501 Nietzsche, Heidegger and Post-Modern Philosophy
JP 8510 Genealogies of Modernity
Elective Subject 1
Elective Subject 2

Other Evangelisation of Culture Specialisation Subjects

JP 8123 Theo-dramatics: Foundations of Christian Morality
JP 8513 Contemporary Theological Paradigms
JP 8514 Missiology of the Domestic Church
JP 8516 Liberalism as an Intellectual Tradition
JP 8528 Faith and Reason and the New Evangelisation
JP 8511 Theological Perspectives on New Evangelisation

Art, Liturgy and Culture Specialisation:

Compulsory Art, Liturgy and Culture Specialisation Subjects

JP 8772 Redeeming Beauty: Approaches to Sacral Aesthetics
JP 8783 Art and the Catholic World View
Elective Subject 1
Elective Subject 2

Other Art, Liturgy and Culture Specialisation Subjects

JP 8123 Theo-dramatics: Foundations of Christian Morality
JP 8125 Theology of the Body
JP 8512 New Evangelisation and Pop Culture
JP 8782 Sacred Liturgy