Subjects

Study Fields

Stirling teaches in four fields of study. Each of these fields has its own disciplines or specialist areas of study. Each discipline has a foundational subject (the ones in bold), which must be completed before undertaking more advanced subjects in the discipline. For example, ‘Introducing the Hebrew Bible’ is the foundational subject in the Old Testament discipline. This unit must be completed before undertaking more advanced subjects in Old Testament. Once these foundational subjects have been completed, the range of subjects to choose from increases dramatically.

Also below are the subjects offered in the Catalyst programme; subjects offered for students in formation for research, and special units offered as professional development intensives for people in ministry.

# indicates cross disciplinary units
Units in bold indicate foundational subject

Field A: Humanities

Biblical Languages, Philosophy, Culture and Sociology

Field B: Biblical Studies

Old Testament and New Testament

Hebrew Bible

New Testament

Field C: Christian Thought and History

Theology and Church History

Church History

Systematic Theology

  • CT/DM/XT/XM3/9415S # Missional Discipleship after Christendom Seminar
  • CT3/9008S Culture and Country
  • CT3/9007S Wisdom for Ministry: Contemporary theological impetuses of Ecclesiastes
  • CT3/9006S Contemporary Christian identity: heuristic explorations by reference to John’s Prologue
  • CT8702S Interpreting Christological presence within the vicissitudes of life
  • CT2/3/9071S Christology Without Fig Leaves
  • BN/CT2/3/9019S # Christian Identity and Paul’s Corinthian epistemology
  • BN/CT2/3/9018S # Parables and their interpretations: influences on Christian theology
  • CT1/8011S Introduction to Theology
  • CT2/3/9005S # The Gospel of John within Christian Thought
  • CT3/9797S # Churches of Christ Identity
  • BN/CT2/3/9052S # Memory, word and identity in Acts
  • BN/CT2/3/9032S The Revelation to John in Christian theology and testimony
  • BN/CT2/3/9031S # Theological Testimony: Romans
  • BN2/3/9019S # Christian Identity and Paul’s Corinthian epistemology
  • CT2/3/9002S # The Gospel of Matthew: past & present interpretations & their significance for Christian faith

Field D: Practical and Public Theology

Ethics, Worship, Mission, Ministry, Pastoral Care and Helping Skills, Leadership, Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Spirituality and Supervised Field Education

Practical Theology

  • DA1/8003S Introduction to Ministry and Mission Studies
  • DP2/3/9024S Pastoral Practice of Preaching
  • DP2/3/9022S Pastoral and Spiritual Care in a Multi-Faith Context: Reflecting, Respecting, Practising
  • DA1/2/8023S Culture and Context for Youth Ministry
  • DA/DS2/3/9019S The Nurture and Spiritual Guidance of Children
  • DP2/3/9008S Pastoral Leadership and Congregational Transformation
  • DP1/2/8072S Transformation, Renewal and the Agent of Change
  • DA1/8001S Foundations for Youth Ministry
  • DA1/8015S Children and Families Ministry: Core Issues

Praxis

Mission

Pastoral Care, Spiritual Care and Counselling

  • DP2/3/9012S Pastoral Care with People with Disabilities
  • DP3/9025S Pastoral Responses to Mental Health Issues
  • DP2/3/9004S Pastoral Care in Loss
  • DP2/3/9009S Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Families
  • DP3/9030S The Art of Reconciliation
  • DP9778S Human Development
  • DP9079S Critical Incident Counselling, Trauma and Suicide
  • XP9077S Advanced Counselling Theories, Processes and Strategies
  • XP9076S Supervised Counselling Practice Integration (Practicum)
  • DP2/3/9006S Pastoral and Spiritual Care in Situations of Abuse and Trauma
  • DP3/9070S Pastoral, Spiritual and Theological Issues in Ageing and Palliative Care.
  • DP2/3/9022S Pastoral and Spiritual Care in a Multi-Faith Context: Reflecting, Respecting, Practising
  • DP9033S Pastoral Care at end-of-life: Advanced Theory and Practice
  • DP2/3/9010S Engaging Diversity: Reflection, Discernment, Formation
  • DP8032S Pastoral Care at end-of-life
  • DP2/3/9007S Advanced Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Listening Skills
  • DP1/2/8001S Introduction to Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Supervision

  • DP9068S Supervision Practicum
  • DP9017S Supervision in Spiritual Care using Critical Reflection
  • DP8015S The Art of Supervisory Practice
  • DP2/3/9010S Engaging Diversity: Reflection, Discernment, Formation

Spirituality

Catalyst Programme

Research Methods

Specialised ministry and leadership intensives

  • DM2/3/9026S Dietrich Bonhoeffer: On Ego, Power and Freedom in Ministry and Mission
  • CT3/9008S Culture and Country
  • DA9026S Leading People and Teams
  • DA9017S Spiritual and Self Leadership
  • CT3/9007S Wisdom for Ministry: Contemporary theological impetuses of Ecclesiastes
  • DM3/9025S Lessons in Evangelism and Discipleship from John Wesley