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Alphacrucis College

Master of Theology

Welcome from Program Director

With an exciting vision to train professionally competent scholars, leaders and managers in a wide range of careers, the Alphacrucis College MTh provides a unique opportunity to engage in cutting edge research and critical exploration of contemporary issues. Developing specialised skills in fields such as Theology, Biblical Studies and Christian History, students will be trained to communicate complex ideas and propose solutions to a wide audience, as well as design and implement an advanced research thesis. Students also have a selection of electives, which range from Ancient Languages to Marketing, to add to their learning experience.

Graduates of the MTh will have advanced knowledge of theological studies, including recent developments and approaches in the area of their discipline specialisation. They will demonstrate knowledge and skills in research using methodologies applicable to their discipline. The advanced research thesis provides the opportunity for students to synthesise what they have learned by engaging a particular issue in their area of specialisation. The MTh also provides a pathway into doctorate level studies.

With internationally acclaimed lecturers who bring not only academic expertise but practical experience into the classroom, the Alphacrucis College MTh will provide an educational experience of holistic formation which prepares students to change the world.

Dr Denise Austin 
PhD, MA(CS), GradDipA, BA (Hons 1), BMiss, DipMin, Cert IV T&A

 

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Course Overview

The Master of Theology is designed to prepare graduates for ministry within church, academic and community settings. Graduates of the MTh will have an advanced knowledge of theological studies, including a working knowledge of recent developments and approaches in the area of their discipline specialisation.

Graduates of the MTh will demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • advanced and integrated understanding of theological studies specific to their discipline
  • understanding of general research principles and methods, and advanced knowledge of specific research approaches used in the selected disciplinary field
  • communicate effectively complex ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences
  • critically evaluate new developments of research and scholarship in the selected disciplinary field
  • articulate new questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the selected disciplinary field to develop appropriate solutions
  • design and implement a major research project in the selected disciplinary field

Who Is It For?

The MTh award is ideal for:

  • graduates of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in theology, ministry or equivalent who wish to undertake deeper theological reflection
  • those seek a postgraduate award in which they can undertaken advanced research of complex issues
  • those who seek a pathway into doctoral studies and an academic career

Course Duration

  • Full Time: 1.5 years
  • Part-time: Up to 7 years

Course Fees

2014 fee information for this course can be found ont he Higher Ed Indicative Fee Schedule.  

Course Structure

The course consists of 120 credit points comprising:

  • one research methods unit: 20 credit points (Core)
  • two 20 credit point subjects, at 600 level,to be taken from the area of specialisation (Major);
  • 20 credit points, at 500 level or above, to be taken from a discipline outside the specialisation(Elective Subjects)
  • one 40 credit point research project (20,000 words) in area of discipline (Core)
Content   Credit points
Core subjects   RES601 Research Methods   20
  RES602 Research Project   40
         
Elective subjects   20 credit points, at 500 level or above, to be taken from a discipline outside the specialisation

This includes the following:

BIB601 Methods in Biblical Studies; BIB602 Seminar Presentation of Research in Biblical Studies; BIB603 Pentecostal Hermeneutics; BIB604 Prophetic Traditions; HIS601 Theory and Practice in Christian History; HIS602 Producing Christian History; HIS603 Pentecostalism in Australasia; THE601 Theologians: Method and Meaning; THE602 Seminar Presentation of Theological Research

Any 500 level subject from a currently accredited Alphacrucis College program.
  20
         
Specialisations   BIBLICAL STUDIES:
BIB601 Methods in Biblical Studies
BIB602 Seminar Presentation of Research in Biblical Studies;

CHRISTIAN HISTORY:
HIS601 Theory and Practice in Christian History And one of the following:
HIS602 Producing Christian History;
HIS603 Pentecostalism in Australasia.

THEOLOGY:
THE601 Theologians: Method and Meaning THE602 Seminar Presentation of Theological Research
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Rev. Associate Professor Denise Austin (faculty profile)

Rev. Associate Professor Jacqueline Grey (faculty profile)

Graduating with a BA in 1994, Jacqui served as the AOG chaplain and campus director for Students For Christ at Sydney University until 1998. After studying at Southern Cross, she completed her honours and doctoral studies through CSU, graduating in 2006. Jacqui lectures in Old Testament studies and currently is the Academic Dean. She has published several books are articles, including Them, Us & Me: How the Old Testament Speaks to People Today (APS, 2008), Raising Women Leaders (co-edited with Shane Clifton) (APS, 2009), Three's A Crowd: Pentecostalism, Hermeneutics and the Old Testament (Pickwick, 2011). Jacqui is an active member of her local church, Cityside, in the inner city and loves traveling, photography & art, coffee with friends and fine Italian food. 

Fees

Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.


Units offered as part of this Award:

BIB601 - Methods in Biblical Studies

Outcomes:

1. Display a detailed understanding of the historical development of the theory and practice of methods in biblical studies. This includes:

  • Historical-critical methods
  • Literary approaches
  • Ideological criticisms
  • social-scientific theories

2. Critically evaluate the validity, usefulness and consequences of difference approaches to biblical studies;

3. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in using methods of biblical studies;

4. Demonstrate advanced skills in biblical exegesis.

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BIB602 - Seminar Presentation of Research in Biblical Studies

Outcomes:

1.  Propose a topic of research within biblical studies and formulate a research proposal;

2. Demonstrate advanced research skills, critical engagement with alternate perspectives and the ability to make a solid argument;

3. Utilise an appropriate method to develop a coherent argument on selected issues or passages;

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HIS601 - Theory and Practice in Christian History

Outcomes:

1. Display a detailed understanding of historical theory and practice;
2. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the origins of Christian historical thought;
3. Display perceptive understanding of the major emphases which typified Christian historical thought and practice from the Enlightenment to the Postcolonial era;
4. Critically evaluate the validity, usefulness and consequences of difference approaches to historical inquiry;
5. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in the processes of historical inquiry;
6. Use critical judgment to evaluate the contributions of major schools of contemporary historiography;
7. Critically analyse the implications of writing contemporary history from a Christian perspective.

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HIS602 - Producing Christian History

Outcomes:

1. Display a detailed understanding of the major issues and challenges involved in producing public and professional Christian history;

2. Critically evaluate the methods and skills used by historians, including those used to study key figures, movements, issues and time periods;
3. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the interaction of the historian with the wider society and use this knowledge to better appreciate the historian’s place in history and society;

4. Display an appreciation of the particular challenges facing the Christian historian and the strengths and limitations of producing Christian history;
5. Exhibit an advanced ability to research the historical record from primary and secondary sources and critically analyse the results;

6. Demonstrate proficiency in producing publishable historical research for a contemporary audience.

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HIS603 - Pentecostalism in Australasia

Outcomes:

1. Display a detailed knowledge of the origins of Pentecostalism;
2. Demonstrate an extensive understanding of the foundations and early development of Pentecostalism in Australasia;
3. Recognise and explain the impact and ramifications of the charismatic renewal in Australasia;
4. Exhibit an advanced ability to research the historical record from primary and secondary sources and critically analyse the results;
5. Demonstrate a thorough appreciation of the contributions of Pentecostalism to Christianity in Australasia;
6. Critically evaluate the emergent relationship between Pentecostalism and broader Australasian communities;
7. Critically analyse contemporary Pentecostal movements in Australasia in the light of historical record.

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RES601 - Research Methods

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RES602 - Research Project

Description: Students will undertaken an in-depth independent research project, in consultation with an approved supervisor.  The research project should be in the area of specialisation (either Theology, Biblical Studies or History). Unit detail page >>

THE601 - Theologians: Method and Meaning

Outcomes:

1. Explain the contribution of selected theologians central to Christian tradition (pre-20th century) to contemporary thought and practice;
2. Compare, contrast and evaluate the theological insights of selected authors;
3. Summarise the theological method of key 20/21st century theologians and explain the way this frames their theology;
4. Present research conclusions to peers and engage in constructive and critical dialogue.

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THE602 - Seminar Presentation of Theological Research

Outcomes:

1. explain the epistemological perspectives of contemporary western culture and discriminate between alternate theological responses;
2. propose a topic of research on a contemporary theological issue and formulate a research proposal;
3. demonstrate advanced research skills, critical engagement with alternate perspectives and the ability to make a solid argument;
4. utilise an appropriate theological method to develop a coherent argument on selected theological issues;
5. present the results of research to peers and respond critically and generously to the research of others.

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