Master of Intercultural Studies
2Years Full Time
Payments Centrelink Approved
8Max Years Part Time
The Master of Intercultural Studies is designed to provide graduates in Theology and/or Ministry an opportunity to undertake specialized study at coursework Masters level in intercultural studies with a view to:
- broadening and deepening intercultural ministry concepts and practice;
- enabling Christians who are currently engaged in some form of ministry across cultures to reflect on that ministry in the light of biblical and current missiological perspectives and issues.
The course will include an introduction to the research principles and methods applicable to the specialized study of missiology.
192 credit points over 2 years (F/T)
48cps Level 8 units:
- 24cps from the following units: OT001-812, OT002-812, OT003-812, BB001-812, BB002-812, BB003-812, NT001-812, NT002-812, NT003-812
- 12cps in CH / TH units at Level 8
- 12cps units at Level 8 from BB / OT / NT / TH / CH
Level 8-9 units:
- 12cps Contextualisation of Theology and Ministry Practice
- 12cps The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnographic Models
- 12cps Making Disciples Across Cultures
- 12cps Resilience and Spiritual Formation in Cross Cultural Ministry
- 48cps from the following:
- Developing Leaders Across Cultures
- Ministry in Culturally Diverse Teams
- Church Planting Across Cultures
- Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts
- Transformational Development
- Effective Christian Education Across Cultures
- Research Methods (with a focus on intercultural studies)
- Masters capstone unit with a focus on intercultural studies, Intercultural Studies project or advanced independent reading unit:
- 12cps Level 9 Project in Intercultural Studies (EM200-912); or
- 24cps Level 9 Project in Intercultural Studies (EM200-924); or
- 36cps Level 9 Project in Intercultural Studies (EM200-936); or
- a 12cps capstone experience unit focussing on intercultural studies (EM205-912); or
- a 12cps advanced independent reading unit in intercultural studies (EM201-912)
Level 8-9 electives:
- Between 12-36 cps elective units.
Units in this course are completed at Level 8 and above, including at least 60cps at Level 9.
- Graduates of an ACT BMin or BTh or equivalent are eligible to receive ungraded advanced standing (block credit) for 48cps (NA000-048), with the remainder of the course to be completed at Level 8-9. Candidature periods will be reduced according to the volume of advanced standing granted.
- Graduates of an AQF level 8 or 9 award in Ministry or Theology are eligible to receive ungraded advanced standing (block credit) for up to 96cps based on volume of the studies in the previous award (ie graduates of a Graduate Certificate would receive NA000-048, graduates of a Graduate Diploma or Masters Degree would receive NA000-096), with the remainder of the course to be completed at Level 8-9. Candidature periods will be reduced according to the volume of advanced standing granted.
Academic Qualifications: Completed 3 year bachelor degree or equivalent
Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work
Discipline Knowledge and Understanding
- Demonstrate up-to-date specialised knowledge and understanding of intercultural ministry concepts and practice
- Discuss the research principles and methods used in the discipline of Missiology
Inquiry and Analysis
- Utilise and reflect upon prior knowledge and experience, and use and reflect critically on current specialised missiological knowledge, ideas and practice
Problem Solving and Integration
- Integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a wide range of sources and contexts in the investigation of specialised problems and issues arising in intercultural ministry
- Plan and execute a research project or capstone experience by asking questions and identifying problems related to intercultural ministry and using appropriate Missiology research principles and methods
- Present specialised Missiology ideas, knowledge and principles in relation to intercultural ministry practice to, and engage with, professional as well as nonprofessional audiences using a variety of formats
Teamwork and Professional Practice
- As a leader and in groups, apply specialised missiological understanding to intercultural ministry contexts and the wider community
Engagement with the World
- Bring enhanced professional and vocational capacity to engage with the challenges of contemporary global Christianity, society and the wider world
Continuous Learning and Development
- Demonstrate readiness for research at a higher level in capacity for wide reading, analytical rigor and independent thinking
$10,560 per semester for full-time (48cp) domestic students (2022 course fees and credit points).
For more information about tuition fees, FEE-HELP, and student payments, view tuition fees.
- Maximum concurrent enrolment load: 60cps
- There is a pre-requisite for Level 9 units: 48cps Level 8
- Ability to negotiate successfully the content and demands of a number of units in a specialised field of study in which theological insights are brought to bear upon the graduates ministry context.
- Demonstration of knowledge and competence of skills in the analysis of texts and ideas, and issues in intercultural ministry.
- Demonstration of wide reading, intellectual independence, critical thinking and analytic rigour at early postgraduate level such that the potential for research at masters level is emerging.
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