Single Subject Study Options

Friday January 20 2017 by St Mark's

Single Subject Study Options: perfect for taking theology slow

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Feel like you can’t commit to a full course just yet?

St Mark’s offers selected individual subjects for study through Charles Sturt University, so you can choose to take it real slow. Each successful subject completion in the list below is creditable towards a Bachelor of Theology or a Graduate Diploma of Theology for eligible applicants. The subject can be completed online or on-campus.

Alternatively, you could attend a subject on-campus in Canberra as an auditor, where you will not be required to complete assessment tasks (and will therefore receive no credit towards other awards). 

INTERESTED? You can discuss our flexible learning options in detail — just call 02 6272 6252 during office hours.


Introduction to Old Testament Studies (THL105/408)

Offered as either undergraduate or postgraduate subject
Lecturer: Rev’d Dr Jeanette Mathews

This subject focuses on the amazing text both Jews and Christians know as inspired Scripture. Although collected in one book, the Old Testament is actually a collection of many types of literature: history and law, prophecy and wisdom, narrative and poetry. These scriptures attest to real communities living out their faith over a long period, so there are different theological perspectives offered that we examine. Despite that diversity, there is an overarching unity to the Old Testament focused on God’s revelation through creation, ‘saving acts’ and words.

Opening the Old Testament is like taking a trip to a foreign land, where the languages, customs, cultures, food, geography, and just about everything else we can imagine is different from what we know. This subject provides skills for understanding that world, known to us primarily through the Old Testament texts themselves and archaeological evidence. By going behind the texts, carefully examining the texts themselves, and bringing our own questions and experience to the texts, we will explore the fascinating relationship between these ancient texts and contemporary faith. 



 We offer other subjects for auditing and single subject study during weekdays. These classes run from 9:30am to 12:30pm, and are available on-campus in Canberra and online.

THL131: Rise of Christianity to 600CE  (Tuesday mornings)

This foundation subject introduces students to skills appropriate to studying church history, including the use and analysis of early sources, both written and non-written, and later historical interpretations. It encompasses the contributions of the Apostolic Fathers and early Christian Apologists, and explores early challenges to the Christian movement from within and without. Close attention is given to church-state relations and the formulation of Christian theology by prominent theologians and significant councils, especially those convened at Nicaea and Chalcedon. The subject also examines early Christian monasticism, issues of ethnicity and gender, mission and the claims of the Bishop of Rome to supremacy. Consistent attention is given to understanding the broader context of the Graeco-Roman world in which Christianity developed.

THL111: Introduction to Christian Theology  (Wednesday mornings)
This subject offers an introductory engagement with the major doctrines of the Christian faith, including God as Trinity, the person and work of Christ, the Spirit, humanity and the church. It explores the tasks, methods and sources of Christian theology, enabling students to develop initial skills of theological reasoning together with the capacity to use theological vocabulary. The subject introduces key figures in the history of theology, and it explores connections between the discipline of theology and contemporary life.

THL115: Liturgical Theology  (Thursday mornings)
This subject explores the history and practice of worship across a variety of Christian traditions, including contemporary and blended worship. The subject centres on the effects and interrelationships of rites, symbols, words, music, gesture and space in facilitating worship. Key issues considered include liturgical forms, symbol, language, music, architecture and mission. In the context of human ritual activity, the importance of worship in the formation of Christian identity is analysed.


Auditing — $240 per subject

Participate with no assessments

If you’ve always wanted to listen in on quality theological lectures but lack the time to finish assignments, then auditing is a great way to start your theological journey.

As an auditor, you get to participate in weekly lectures and class discussions as well as access St Mark’s library resources. (A one-year membership worth $70 is included in the audit fee!) There are no entry requirements, and all lectures and classes are conducted in Canberra.

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Single Subject Study — $1,030 per subject

Full participation with credit

Single Subject Study gives you the flexibility and the credit, without the commitment of a full degree. 

As a student, you get to access all subject materials and resources and gain access to CSU’s Interact2 learning environment — so you can choose campus life, or study online from the comfort of your natural environment.

Best of all, these subjects require no prerequisites, prior knowledge, or experience. 

To enrol, 
  • Follow the steps on CSU’s Single Subject Study web page to enrol.
  • Take note of the subject name and code before beginning the enrolment process.
    • Christian Spirituality is THL216. For more information on this subject, contact Rev’d Dr Jane Foulcher.
    • Introduction to Old Testament Studies is THL105 as an undergraduate subject, and THL408 as a postgraduate subject. 
      • ?If you are considering using credit from this subject for future postgraduate studies, you will need to enrol in THL408. For more information on this subject, contact Rev’d Dr Jeanette Mathews.

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