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CT3/9008S

Culture and country: engaging faith in contemporary Australian society

Third level for undergraduates
Elective unit for Postgraduates

Content:

Country and Culture explores intersections between Christian faith, culture, language and nation, with focus given to contemporary Australian society, intra-cultural and indigenous Australian experience and reconciliation. Implicit ideas that shape our cultural imaginations and perspectives on faith will be identified and evaluated, challenging students to formulate and articulate Christian identity and vocation in dialogue with contemporary issues of society and culture. Areas to be explored include identity, intercultural engagement, conflict, narrative, music, imagination, secular impetuses and freedom.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

Undergraduates:

  1. Identify and articulate intersections between Christian faith, culture, language and nation within contemporary Australian society
  2. Develop a working taxonomy of method approaches to Christian dialogue with selected contemporary issues of society and culture
  3. Identify and articulate aspects of Christian identity and practice pertinent to engaging distinctive features of Australian experience and culture
  4. Research and evaluate a particular dialogue interface of Christian faith with a contemporary aspect of Australian society.

Postgraduates:

  1. Identify and articulate intersections between Christian faith, culture, language and nation within contemporary Australian society, also evaluating selected hermeneutical issues present within these intersections
  2. Critically evaluate various method approaches to Christian dialogue with selected contemporary issues of society and culture
  3. Identify and articulate aspects of Christian identity and practice pertinent to engaging distinctive features of Australian experience and culture, with particular focus on a contemporary cultural interface and the media used within this interface
  4. Formulate, research and critically evaluate an intentional dialogue interface of Christian faith with secular impetuses of Australian society and experience.

Prerequisites:

Undergraduate – At least 45 points including 15 points in Systematic Theology.
Postgraduate – At least 15 points in Systematic Theology.

This unit is primarily oriented to the professional theological development of a cohort representing alumni, ministry and Christian service vocations.

Offered: Second semester 2019

Faculty: Stephen Curkpatrick, Hery Susanto, Samuel Curkpatrick

Assessment:

Level 3

Literature review (1000 words) 20%
Three document studies (500 words each) 30%
Essay (2000 words) 50%

Postgraduate

Literature review (1500 words) 20%
Three document studies (800 words each) 30%
Essay (3000 words) 50%

Select Bibliography:

Eagleton, Terry. After Theory. London: Penguin, 2004.

———. Culture. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2016.

———. Materialism. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2016.

Grant, Stan. ‘The Australian Dream: Blood, History and Becoming.’ Quarterly Essay 64 (2016).

Haugen, Gary A, and Victor Boutros. The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence. New York: Oxford, 2014.

Harris, John. One Blood: 200 Years of Aboriginal Encounter with Christianity: A Story of Hope. Sutherland, NSW: Albatross Books, 1990.

Kenny, Robert. The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World. Melbourne: Scribe, 2007.

O’Neill, Brendan. A Duty to Offend: Selected Essays. Ballarat: Connor Court Publishing, 2015.

Scruton, Roger. Modern Culture, London: Bloomsbury, 2007.

Sherman, Louise, and Christobel Mattingley (eds.). Our Mob, God’s Story: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists Share Their Faith. Erskine Park, NSW: Bible Society of Australia, 2007.

Stanner, W. E. H. The Dreaming and Other Essays. Melbourne: Black Inc., 2009.

Taylor, Charles. Modern Social Imaginaries, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2004.

Thornton, Warwick (director). Sweet Country [film]. Bondi Beach, NSW: Bunya Productions, 2017.

Trudgen, Richard. Why Warriors Lie Down and Die. Parap, NT: Aboriginal Resource and Development Services, 2000.

Žižek, Slavoj. Disparities, London et al.: Bloomsbury, 2016.